Murph Challenge Held in Mariupol
In the Azov Sea port city of Mariupol, CrossFit enthusiasts gathered for a traditional event called the Murph Challenge. The name of this workout honors American Navy officer Michael Murphy, who died in Afghanistan at the age of 29. On Saturday, civilians, police officers, soldiers of the National Guard, Donbas veterans and others put themselves through the tough test.
“For me this is an opportunity to put myself to the test, to test my stamina…. and to spend a Saturday with my friends. Every person prepared in their own way. There are representatives of different bodies here, but whatever they do, I hope everyone does well and there are no injuries, Sharimov said.
In the CrossFit community, the Murph Challenge is considered to be an especially tough workout. Before the start, participants put on bulletproof vests weighing 10 kilograms each. They then have to run a mile wearing these. After that, they do 100 pull-ups, then 200 push-ups, and 300 squats.
After completing all the exercises, the participants return to the starting point, where they’re given their times. There are no winners and losers. Everyone competes for themselves.
“It’s good. I set my new personal record: 40 minutes and 22 seconds. I think the old one was 42 or 43. I’m okay, I’ll live. The pull-ups were the hardest part for me. During the final five, my hands were done, I hung by the fingertips,” Murph Challenge participant Dmytro Mokrushyn said.
The Murph Challenge is a workout routine named in honor of American Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy. It was established as an annual event held in May to commemorate all soldiers killed in action.
“All of the participants, who are here today are not fighting for victory. They’re here to honor the memory and to support the whole CrossFit family with their presence,” Murph Challenge Organizer Alevtyna Shvetsova said.
It was the second time that Mariupol held the Murph Challenge. Around five dozen CrossFit enthusiasts took part this year.