Friends meet 'Murph Challenge' in Camden to honor the fallen

By Dwight Collins | May 27, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins John Heath works for one last pull-up during the "Murph Challenge" May 26 at Camden-Rockport Middle School.

Camden — For the second year, Matthew Heath, of Rockport, and a group of friends honored the fallen in their own way participating in the “Murph Challenge” May 26.

Formerly called the “Memorial Day Murph,” Heath and eight of his friends assembled at Camden-Rockport Middle School early in the morning to complete the cross-fit style event, which participants complete various exercises including a one-mile run, followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and another one-mile run.

“This year we became a host for the national event, which hopefully can get us to a point of collecting donations to benefit a worthy cause,” Heath said. “I would like to continue to build the event locally and then eventually turn it over to another to continue on with.”

He added,”Who knows what I'll be doing or where I will be a few years down the road, but I would love to know I can come back to Camden and do the Murph.”

Supporting Heath in his cause were Jack Hauprich, John Heath, Mackenzie Meservey, Ryan Graffam, Brandon Graffam, Justin Lopez, Gavin Felch and Caleb Pease.

Matt Heath, Hauprich, Pease and the Graffams all also competed in the “Run for Your Life” Emergency Services Challenge and Heath said he felt participating in the “Murph Challenge” on Memorial Day followed by watching the parade in Camden was a great way to spend a weekend.

“It couldn't line up any better than that,” Heath said.

The "Murph Challenge" is an event organized to honor the memory of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Murphy was recognized for his service with the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Internet-based volunteer-run fundraiser raises money benefiting the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Matthew Heath, left, and Jack Hauprich hang a flag to show their patriotism during the "Murph Challenge" May 26. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Justin Lopez completes the push-up portion of the "Murph Challenge" held May 26 in Camden. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Caleb Pease shows perfect push-up form during the "Murph Challenge" May 26 in Camden. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Jack Hauprich powers out another pull-up during the "Murph Challenge" May 26 at Camden-Rockport Middle School. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
Completing the 2014 "Murph Challenge" on Memorial Day are front from left, Jack Hauprich, Caleb Pease, Ryan Graffam, Mackenzie Meservey, Matthew Heath and Gavin Felch. Back from left are Justin Lopez and Brandon Graffam. (Photo by: Dwight Collins)
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