Welcome to The Murph Challenge! Forged® is proud to introduce its NEW annual fundraiser, benefiting the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Formerly known as ‘Memorial Day Murph’, The Murph Challenge is an extended version of the Memorial Day tradition that so many supporters have been taking part in for the last several years.
We invite each and everyone of you to register for The Murph Challenge, by clicking the button below! When you register, you will not only be pledging to participate in the Crossfit Hero WOD ‘MURPH’ (originally named ‘Body Armor’), you will also be joining a unique group of Americans who pay tribute to Michael P. Murphy (SEAL), and donating to a prestigious organization founded by the Murphy family.
You may be asking yourself, “What makes The Murph Challenge different from the original fundraiser?” Well… let us explain!
Beginning on Memorial Day, each registrant will be asked to come back to TheMurphChallenge.com, and then submit their ‘MURPH’ time for a chance to compete in The Murph Challenge Invitational on June 28th, held in San Diego, CA. Starting May 26th, each registrant will have 2 weeks to submit their best time for approval. All times submitted will be displayed on a National leader board at TheMurphChallenge.com. From that board, the top 5 Men, and top 5 Women will be invited to San Diego, CA for The Murph Challenge FINAL. If you think that this is just another opportunity to run ‘MURPH’, think again. This final will test even the most elite of athletes who register here today! Are YOU up for the Challenge?
LT. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wings, tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.
A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.
Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, LT. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.
LT. Murphy fought on, allowing one member of his team (Marcus Luttrell) to escape, before he was killed. For his selfless actions, LT. Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 27, 2007. We honor his sacrifice and memory though The Murph Challenge. Find out more about Michael Murphy at the Memorial Foundation created in his name.
If you are a gym, Crossfit affiliate or any other organized group that would like to host the 'MURPH', please let us know by submitting the form below. We'll get back to you right away and let you know how you can officially participate in The Murph Challenge!
‘What are you doing?’ Then I realized that he was making a call. But then he started getting hit. He finished the call, picked up his rifle and started fighting again. But he was overrun.” ~ Marcus Luttrell
“What Maureen and I always worried about was that he would put himself in danger to help someone else, which turned out to be true…”
“We always knew he was a tough son of a bitch, but he was so nice.”
“Roger that, sir. Thank you.”