Memorial Day Murph Challenge

Murph Challenge


Join us for our Virtual Murph Challenge this Memorial Day, dedicated to Lt. Michael P. Murphy of the United States Navy.

This Memorial Day tradition will take place on 05.25.20. We invite YOU to join countless other participants worldwide, and your fellow members of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh as we work out and complete the challenge ‘together’.

The Murph Challenge is more than just a workout. It is a tradition that helps push us, humble us, and allows us the opportunity to dedicate a bit of pain and sweat to honor, LT. Michael P. Murphy, a man who sacrificed everything he had for our freedom.

Join the video conference here at 10:00am 


It is more important now than ever we find time to come together and celebrate everything that makes our community strong. Certainly your life has been impacted by the world-wide pandemic, but we believe that extending compassion and creating connection can help us all endure. If you believe that we are in this TOGETHER and want to help, we are asking for a suggested $20 donation to help our workers and Covid Volunteers in their relief efforts.

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Run 1 Mile
Pull Ups 100
Push Ups 200
Air Squats 300
Run 1 Mile


Run 1/2 Mile
Pull Ups 50
Push Ups 100
Air Squats 150
Run 1/2 Mile


Can substitute the following for the 1 Mile/0.5 Mile Run
Rower: 2000M/ 1000M
Air Bike: 120/60 Calories
Bike: 4 Miles/2 Miles
Jump Rope: 8:00/4:00
Jumping Jacks: 500/250 



LT. Michael P. Murphy
United States Navy (SEAL)
May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005

LT. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL) was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wings, tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Shortly after inserting into the objective area, the SEALs were spotted by three goat herders who were initially detained and then released. It is believed the goat herders immediately reported the SEALs’ presence to Taliban fighters.

A fierce gun battle ensued on the steep face of the mountain between the SEALs and a much larger enemy force. Despite the intensity of the firefight and suffering grave gunshot wounds himself, Murphy is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates. Murphy, intent on making contact with headquarters, but realizing this would be impossible in the extreme terrain where they were fighting, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his own life moved into the open, where he could gain a better position to transmit a call to get help for his men.

Moving away from the protective mountain rocks, he knowingly exposed himself to increased enemy gunfire. This deliberate and heroic act deprived him of cover and made him a target for the enemy. While continuing to be fired upon, Murphy made contact with the SOF Quick Reaction Force at Bagram Air Base and requested assistance. He calmly provided his unit’s location and the size of the enemy force while requesting immediate support for his team. At one point, he was shot in the back causing him to drop the transmitter. Murphy picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy who was closing in. Severely wounded, LT. Murphy returned to his cover position with his men and continued the battle.

LT. Murphy fought on, allowing one member of his team (Marcus Luttrell) to escape, before he was killed. For his selfless actions, LT. Michael Murphy was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 27, 2007. We honor his sacrifice and memory through The Murph Challenge. Find out more about Michael Murphy at the Memorial Foundation created in his name.