Dennis Pickle and his granddaughter, Charlea McCollum and Adlea Pickle, run alongside Frisco Park as part of this year’s Murph Challenge.

AMORY – Nearly 50 fitness enthusiasts ranging from preschoolers to a couple of people with greying heads met at the CrossFit Tupos gym on Memorial Day for the Murph Challenge, a popular workout created by the fitness chain in memory of U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Murphy who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005 on a reconnaissance mission to hunt down a terrorist leader.

Local gym member and pastor Kevin Crook characterized Murphy’s sacrifice as a modern-day reenactment of the scripture passage of John 15:13.

“He expressed that greater love of country when he took a bullet to save the life of a buddy,” Crook said.

The annual event challenges participants to do Murphy’s favorite workout beginning with a mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 squats. Those who can make it through all of that finish the event with another mile run.

The event was also established as a fundraiser for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation beginning in 2014.

Josh Pickle and his wife, Keri, opened CrossFit Tupos in Vinegar Bend in 2018.

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