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Fallen US Navy Seal honored by CrossFit community on Memorial Day

The Murph Challenge honors Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a United States Navy Seal killed in action.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The CrossFit community comes together every Memorial Day to honor Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a United States Navy Seal who was killed in action on June 28, 2005.

The workout they do to honor this American hero is called "Murph". It starts with a 1-mile run, followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 air squats and wraps up with another 1-mile run. Each exercise is done with a weighed vest.

"It’s actually a workout that he created,” said Tony Vouis, the owner of Burg CrossFit. “It’s a long workout but we have million different ways to scale it and level it.”

For the past three years, Burg CrossFit has hosted a “Hero Challenge Workout.” CrossFitters are invited to do the Murph while raising money for the Brian Bill Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports active-duty and veteran Special Operation warriors.

The Hero Challenge Workout will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday. Workout heats start at 8:30 and 10 a.m. The kids Division starts at 10:30 a.m.

Burg CrossFit is located at 1900 13th Avenue N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713.

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