The Murph, with all due respect

As we do each year, we are running another Murph challenge.

I will start gathering interest in participation this week and we will run an event right after Memorial Day. Let me know directly if you would like to participate. Parents, you ARE included!

We do it for a few reasons.

1. It's fun and trendy and full of metrics.

2. It's a great way to pay respect, both physically and emotionally, to others.

3. I served for 8 years in the Army and I'm SUPER proud of it!

What is the Murph?

As far as fitness trends go, this is one of the greatest measurable takeaways. There isn't any reason why everyone cannot complete it...even if it takes just a silly long time. And we train, hard. So what we do this year, can be used as another metric next year.

In paying respect, I'll just allow you to read a little history on Michael Murphy himself. If you are limited on time, skip to the bottom under the DEATH subtitle. His selfless act is just....wow.

Personally, I enlisted in the Army the intent to be shipped to Desert Storm in 1993. I was very fortunate and 2 weeks before I would

have shipped, they stopped taking new recruits right out of training. I was attached to an HQ that was never deployed during my 8 year commitment. Then, 2 months before 9/11, I accepted my honorable discharge paperwork. I was in a very small window where I served during wartime and never had to deploy. I count myself as one of the most fortunate to have ever enlisted. I learned from some of the most incredible leaders and became proficient on some of the most amazing weapons. Yet I never had to use any of that training against another human being. It should be noted how dashing I clearly look compared to Murphy himself.

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