The MURPH Challenge

Dear Friends and Family,

As many of you may now be familiar, it has become a yearly event for CrossFit boxes nationwide to participate in The Murph Challenge. CrossFit Bastion is hosting our 3rd Annual Murph Challenge, and would like to extend an invitation for you to join our campaign in building awareness and raising scholarship funds for the LT. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. We are honored to have Daniel Murphy, Lt. Murphy’s father, join us once again for the event and be the guest speaker at CrossFit Bastion in Huntington Station, NY. He will talk about his son and the mission of the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. We are hoping to host the most successful Murph Challenge in the nation.

The Murph Challenge was created in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL), recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, to remember a brother who gave his life for his fellow teammates during Operation Red Wings on June 28, 2005 in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan. The Murph Challenge is a nationwide campaign on Memorial Day (May 30, 2016) where participants will perform the ‘MURPH’ WOD shown below.

For time:

  • 1 mile Run
  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 200 Push-ups
  • 300 Squats
  • 1 mile Run

…In a 20 lb. vest or body armor.

Participation is open to anyone who is up for the challenge, with a suggested donation of $30.

We, however, would like to go above and beyond. We are seeking additional Corporate Sponsorships through our members and the local community who wish to support this worthwhile fundraising event. All proceeds from The Murph Challenge will go to The LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation which was started in 2007 by Michael’s parents, Dan and Maureen and Michael’s brother John. Michael was an avid reader and felt that education was essential; in fact his favorite saying was “Education will set you free”. This prompted the Murphy Family to utilize their own funds to start the Foundation, which began as only family and now seats nine board members consisting of Dan, Maureen and John Murphy, as well as other close family and friends committed to keeping Michael’s life, service, sacrifice and legacy alive as well as that of his SEAL teammates.

Attached, please find our Sponsorship Options. Each and every contribution is greatly appreciated. Please consider joining us on Memorial Day morning for this great event and feel free to contact me to discuss how you or your business can help support the Murph Challenge!



Dani Hoddinott

Co-Owner & Head CrossFit Coach

CrossFit Bastion

155 E. 2nd Street Huntington Station, NY 11746

(631) 629-4114




Tully & Winkelman, PC

White $350

-Donor may supply a 3’x5’ banner to be hung at CrossFit Bastion during the month of The Murph Challenge

-Logo will be listed on CFB website sponsor page

Blue $150

-Logo will be listed on CFB website sponsor page

Donations can be made by check, cash, or online at //

Contact for more information.

(631) 629-4114



John Zaher (631) 207-1057, ext. 8

Hank Russell (631) 207-1057, ext. 4

PRMG New York


April 4, 2015


Daniel Murphy, Father of Hero Navy SEAL, to Be Guest Speaker

Tully & Winkelman, P.C. to Sponsor Event


Melville, NY — On Memorial Day, May 25, the 2015 Murph Challenge will take place at CrossFit Bastion, located at 155 East 2nd Street in Huntington Station, starting at 9 a.m. The elder law firm of Tully & Winkelman, P.C. is the event’s main sponsor.


The Murph Challenge is an extreme “Hero” workout created by members of the CrossFit community in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, a native of Patchogue, New York and Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005 during Operation Red Wings. His life story has been the subject of two books (Seal of Honor and Heart of a Lion) and two films (Murph: The Protector and Lone Survivor).


In the Murph Challenge, athletes will run one mile, perform 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squat and run one more mile – some athletes will even wear a 20-pound vest or body armor. This was considered to be Lt. Murphy’s favorite workout, which he called “Body Armor.” CrossFit renamed the workout as the ‘Murph’ in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.


Daniel Murphy, Lt. Murphy’s father, will be the guest speaker. He will talk about his son and the mission of the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Lt. Murphy was an avid reader and his favorite saying was “education will set you free”. The Foundation awards 9 scholarships each year: two are awarded to graduates of Michael’s High School Patchogue Medford High School, one through the Suffolk Federal Credit Union where Daniel is a Board Member, one to an attendee at Michael’s college alma mater Penn State, one is also awarded to a crew member of the USS MICHAEL MURPHY DDG112 and another scholarship is awarded through the Military Order of the Purple Heart to a Combat Wounded Veteran. The final two are awarded to a cadet of the LT Michael Murphy US Naval Sea Cadet Corps based in Sayville, New York and to a Gold Star Child through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.


CrossFit is a fitness regimen developed by Coach Greg Glassman. The term “CrossFit” is defined as that which optimizes fitness, in essence it is constantly varied functional movements performed at a relatively high level of intensity. CrossFit also emphasizes a sense of community when people do these workouts together. The company CrossFit provides accredited training seminars throughout the world and free content on workouts, training and support. Its worldwide network reaches more than 5,500 affiliated gyms and more than 35,000 accredited CrossFit Level 1 trainers.


Registration is available by contacting Head Trainer, Dani Hoddinott at CrossFit Bastion at (631) 629-4114 or by email at For more information, visit For more information on Tully & Winkelman, P.C., call (631) 424-2800 or visit







To My Fellow Patriots and Veterans,



I want to thank all who participated in last year’s Murph and welcome you to the 2016 Murph Challenge. I can’t thank you enough for making 2015 so successful. Your participation and generosity allowed the LT Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation to add two new scholarships that will be awarded this year, one a LT Michael murphy Naval Sea Cadet and one to a Gold Star Child through the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Forged for their continued support and doing all the heavy lifting to make sure the Murph went off seamlessly.


It is with deep gratitude that I thank you all so much for honoring the service, life, sacrifice and legacy of my son Michael. I look forward to 2016 being another successful year because of YOU! On behalf of the Murph family and Michael’s Foundation, I wish you all the best of luck and our deepest appreciation.



Daniel J Murphy, Esq


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