Today three Reagan Wrestlers participated in the Murph Challenge to honor and remember soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Murph Challenge is named for Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy who was killed in action in Kunar, Afghanistan in June, 2005. Sophomore Alex Sierra, Sophomore Nick Castillo and Freshman Jimmy Benne took on this brutal work out challenge at 10:00am this morning.
The Murph Challenge is based on the work out that Lt. Murphy created while in Afghanistan – a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, another 1 mile run … while wearing a 20# weighted vest. This challenge is one of the primary fundraisers for a Scholarship Foundation that Lt. Murphy’s parents set up in his memory. If you would like to donate to the Murph Foundation or find out more information, click here or copy and paste the link at the bottom of this article.
When asked how he was able to complete The Murph, Castillo said, “I kept thinking I had to keep moving forward and do my best. I gave it my heart – I set a goal and knew I had to make that goal.” This was Sierra’s second year completing the challenge. “Thinking of Lt. Murphy and all of the other brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom helped push me through,” Sierra said. When asked about the challenge, Benne said, “I did it to remember the soldiers who really sacrificed. It was a lot harder than I expected it to be – the vest made it really tough. I knew that the mind quits way before the body does, so I was able to finish.”
GREAT JOB, GENTLEMEN!
Murph Foundation: https://murphfoundation.org/