Greenville gym holds Memorial Day workout honoring veterans

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some honor Memorial Day by cooking and reflecting on those who lost their lives fighting for our county.

One local gym is taking the fitness approach to honor our heroes.

The ‘Memorial Day Challenge’ or ‘Murph Challenge’ started a decade ago to honor the fallen hero Michael Patrick Murphy, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. The workout is grueling.

“It consists of a one-mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 hundred push ups and 300 air squats, and another mile run,” said Corey Smith, a Greenville police officer participating in the challenge.

If you don’t think it’s hard enough you have the option of adding a 20-pound vest while doing the challenge.

The event isn’t only for adults. All ages showed up and participated in the workout with the knowledge that this is something bigger than them.

“It’s great to honor all the fallen soldierMemorialorial Day with a heavy duty workout,” said participant Aurora Freeman.

For some, Murphy’s workout inspires them to become members of the armed forces.

“They work hard, and I’m happy that they’re out there,” said participant Eric Clark. “I’m actually considering joining the Marine Corps. I respect them.”

For others, it changes their entire view on what this holiday means to them.

“This really makes me think about what our soldiers have done for us,” said participant Gabrielle Freeman.

9 On Your Side spoke to a local Veteran who is helping to put on the event, and he said it provides an opportunity to reflect on how good you have it.

“It’s just a way to honor fallen heroes and kind of put into perspective even though it is a really tough workout that we don’t have as tough as we like to think,” said Colin Barnett, event sponsor and CrossFit coach.


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