Marion County residents workout to honor Michael Murphy on Memorial Day

Dozen gathered at Zone Health & Fitness Monday morning to do the “Murph” workout set to pay tribute to America’s fallen service members with sweat equity.About 75 participants gathered to warm up around 9 a.m. before starting the workout set named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in action in 2005.The set includes a mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another mile run, according to The Murph’s Challenge.com, the site for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.Zone Health & Fitness owner Ben Marciano said the eighth annual event at the South Pine Avenue location is a “tribute to fallen soldiers” and to remember they sacrificed their lives.

Nikki Bruno, a coach at Zone Health & Fitness, briefed the participants before the workout began. She said men could wear a 20 pound vest and women a 14 pound vest to replicate the weight of gear worn by troops.

Marion County residents workout to honor Michael Murphy on Memorial Day

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The 1-hour workout is named in honor of Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient, Michael Murphy.Murphy, 29, was a native of New York and a Penn State graduate who had been accepted to law school but chose SEAL training instead.Murphy was killed in action in Asadabad, Afghanistan, after the location of his four man SEAL team was revealed, possibly by a goat herder, and a firefight with  a “much larger” Taliban force broke out.Murphy fought to get to an open area to radio for help for his team.