This CrossFit Athlete Set an Unofficial World Record for the Memorial Day Murph Challenge

By | May 31, 2020

Monday saw fitness enthusiasts all over the country take part in CrossFit’s annual Memorial Day Murph Challenge, a physically grueling WOD named for Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy that honors the lives of service members lost in combat.

The Murph consists of a 1-mile run, 300 squats, 200 pushups, 100 pullups, and another 1-mile run. On Memorial Day, a number of participants opted for the Hero Murph WOD, where the entire thing is done while wearing a 20-pound weighted vest.

Among them was Lee Davis from Charleston, South Carolina, who set out to break records by performing as many Murphs as possible in a 24-hour period.

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“I wanted to try my hand at setting a world record,” Davis told ABC News. “I wondered ‘what is the most Murphs done in 24 hours?’ Memorial Day coming up and I’ve had a fast Murph time before. I saw there was 15 done in 24 hours, if you get 16, that’s one every hour and a half, I figured I could do that. My fastest time is 36 minutes so I could definitely keep up for every hour and a half.”

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Davis began the workouts at 6 p.m. on Sunday. He hit his target of 16 Murphs (totaling 32 miles, 4,800 squats, 3,200 pushups and 1,600 pullups, all in a weighted vest) in approximately 22 hours, setting a new world Murph record — albeit an unofficial one, as his challenge was completed outside of a competition setting.

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