Michigan College’s Murph Challenge promises 100 pull-ups before beer on Memorial Day

ANN ARBOR, MI — Why not try to sneak in some running and hundreds of pull-ups, push-ups and squats before this Memorial Day Bell’s Two-Hearted and Hot Dog?

It’s a training that commemorates the memory of Lt. Honors Michael Murphy, recipient of the US Navy Seal and Medal of Honor, whose exploits in Afghanistan were the subject of the 2013 film Lone Survivor. He earned a Purple Heart when he died in combat in 2005 while saving the lives of members of his team.

A “Murph” challenge begins on Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, at 7 a.m. at the Washtenaw Community College Health & Fitness Center, 4833 E. Huron River Drive.

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All proceeds go to the Lt. Michael P Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Register at themurphchallenge.com and enter “Washtenaw” in the Gym Affiliation field to find the event at the WCC. There are two tiers of registration — one for $60 that includes a t-shirt and hat, and one for $29.99 that includes just the t-shirt.

The program consists of a kilometer run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another kilometer run. The challenge typically involves participants wearing a 20-pound weight vest, but this is not a requirement. Participants can also “tailor the workout to suit their fitness level,” WCC officials said.

“It’s more about the cause than the competition,” said WCC spokeswoman Fran LeFort.

The challenge is scheduled to take place outdoors near the fitness center but will be moved indoors in the event of rain. Participants can show up as early as 7am but can show up anytime before noon.

The event was organized by the Wadhams Veterans Center at the WCC, which will have recruiters from various branches of service on site. Representatives can also answer questions about WCC educational opportunities for veterans.

For Veteran Scholarship details or other information, contact Veterans Center Coordinator Carol Osborne by email at [email protected] or by phone at 734-973-3616.

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