AMONG THE MANY who participated in “The Murph” last week Friday at The Forge were, from left, Natasha Novak, Lindsey Walejko, Mandy Kimes and Kelsey Splittgaber.    submitted photo
AMONG THE MANY who participated in “The Murph” last week Friday at The Forge were, from left, Natasha Novak, Lindsey Walejko, Mandy Kimes and Kelsey Splittgaber. submitted photo

     SOME OF US OBSERVE Memorial Day by attending a ceremony, such as was held at the Village Green and Hillside Cemetery Monday morning.

     Others of us? The ultimate sacrifice given by members of the military is recalled through sweat and maybe even a few tears.

     At least, that’s how clients of The Forge, 114 E. Blossom St., participated in Memorial Day.

     Last week Friday, clients there chose to forgo the usual CrossFit workout in favor of “The Murph.”

     And while the workout itself is grueling, the sacrifice given by Murph — otherwise known as “Michael Patrick Murphy” — was far greater.

     According to a post on The Forge’s Facebook page, “Murphy was killed on 28 June 2005 after he left his cover position and went to a clearing away from the mountains, exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to get a clear signal to contact headquarters for relaying the dire situation and requesting immediate support for his team. He dropped the satellite phone after being shot multiple times but picked the phone back up and finished the call,” and later died.

     In his memory, customers at The Forge were invited to do a very specific workout: a 1-mile run, followed by 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, followed by, once again, another 1-mile run.

     That’s not exactly the typical Memorial Day of pushing a brat around the grill. ...

     To read the entire column, see the May 30, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.