The Murph challenge encourages strength and honor



Photos courtesy of Alonzo Roman. Roadrunner Track Club student members Juan Angel Perez, left, Juan Jesus Perez and Ivan Magana participating in The Murph.

College of the Desert’s Student Veterans Organization, Exercise in Medicine program and the kinesiology department held a CrossFit workout challenge on Nov. 7  called The Murph.  The challenge was to honor veterans and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. The event also honored Navy Seal Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005.

Student veterans Carlos Imana and Michael Jolly participating in The Murph.

The Murph at COD started at 10 a.m and was attended by student veterans, faculty and employees. The workout consisted of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 squats, Participants were also encouraged to wear a 201B weighted vest while doing the workout. This made the challenge more difficult.

Participants said Murphy is remembered as someone who would look out for his squad. He was strong. On June 28, 2005, three of four SEALS on the ground were killed during combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing according to,  Murphy survived.

Some worked out in groups of three, others worked out individually. Not everyone finished the workout, but they did get something out of it. “Anyone can do this workout. It’s a respectful way of saying thank you for all the sacrifice and services people do for this country,” said participant John Mejia. “It’s okay if you didn’t finish the full challenge, what matters is that you came to honor and respect the men who protected and died for us.”

Former marine and participant, Carlos Umana was inspired by The Murph and said he was honored to take part in the event, “in memory of Murph, it brings me back and gives me a feeling of being connected to the military service. It brings everyone together, we look out for each other. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re background is, you’re a part of this.”

Prizes were awarded to the top finishers and random prizes were given throughout the event.









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