Saturday, 26 May 2018 18:50

Workout challenge honors fallen solider Featured

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BANGOR - The annual "Murph Challenge" got people moving at CrossFit Bangor on Saturday morning to honor Lt. Michael Murphy.


Lt. Murphy died in the line of duty while protecting his fellow soliders in Afghanistan in 2005. One of those SEALs in his four-man reconnaissance squad did survive. Funds raised from the workout challenge in Lt. Murphy's honor go to the Memorial Scholarship Foundation.


"It's very emotional, as you could probably see from the video," said Melinda Metten, CrossFit Bangor's owner. "Most of us were holding back the tears."


The Murph Challenge started with a scene from a film made about Lt. Murphy's brave acts - Lone Survivor.


After the clip, it was time to break a sweat. The workout could be scaled down, but the full challenge consisted of a one mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and another one mile run. Some did this while wearing a 20 pound vest of military body armor.


"We learn that we can maybe dig a little bit deeper, we learn that we could maybe be a bit stronger," said Metten of the teamwork aspect of the challenge.


Some familiar faces in the newsroom joined the cause. Anchors Kayla Fish and Gina Marini successfully completed the challenge.


"I'm really excited to be a part of something bigger than just me," said Marini before the event.


The dynamic duo said it was a way to say thank you ahead of Memorial Day.


"[To] bring awareness and honor to not only Lt. Michael Murphy," said Fish, "but the people that gave their lives in the line of duty. I'm happy to do it, even if it leaves me like a limp noodle at the end of the day."


CrossFit Bangor's owner said the gym has trained Navy SEALs. So she participated to remember those who have given all.


"We don't have to do this workout, but we get to," said Metten. "We get to work out together, we get to grow together."

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...