Scott Vervisch

Scott Vervisch, with Country Strong Gym, encouraged those participating in the Murph Challenge at the gym on Veterans Day.

MAYO — For some Lafayette County residents, Veterans Day wasn’t just a day to reflect but also a day to work out.

Country Strong Gym in Mayo held the Murph Challenge on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

The Murph Challenge is said to be the personal workout of Michael Murphy, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant who was killed in action, whom was also awarded the Medal of Honor.

There were roughly 30 people who attempted to complete the Murph Challenge at Mayo’s Country Strong Gym last week.

The Murph Challenge consisted of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air-squats and ending with another 1-mile run.

There were teams ranging from teams of 2 to teams of 5, with a select few “bootcampers” from Mayo Country Strong’s Boot Camp squad who completed the challenge single handedly. The Challenge took roughly an hour at the longest time to complete, with the shortest time being that of the team named, “Three Lands and a Koon”, who completed the Challenge in 36 minutes and 57 seconds.

Sheriff Brian Lamb of the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office and his deputies were present to ensure the safety of those completing the Murph Challenge, especially during the 1-mile runs down Fletcher Avenue.

Many of those participating pushed through the body aches and the fatigue of the challenge to complete it in honor of Veterans Day.

Country Strong’s Scott Vervisch encouraged and pushed all of those completing the challenge in order to motivate them.

Cheers rang out as each group completed the challenge, giving their final times, along with their times completing each section of the Murph Challenge.

The next MURPH Challenge is to come in the year 2020, and should be in contact with Country Strong Gym if they want to get involved with this fun and meaningful event for next year.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government, politics, law enforcement and first responders. ​

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