Backblast – Memorial Day Murph at The County – 05/31/2021

Old Glory flying at half staff in honor of those men and women who died defending the freedoms we enjoy today.

Another great day for F3 Louisville where a BlackOps Murph opportunity at The County was thrown out there and 16 brave PAX showed up to tackle the challenge along with me. This year was much easier than last year where we had to modify the set because the playground was closed due to COVID. So, it was great seeing the group get larger and larger as time was getting closer and closer.

PAX:

  • Jitterbug (R)
  • Cochran
  • Captain Crunchberry
  • Timeshare
  • Bulletin (R)
  • Big Bird
  • Wildflower
  • Brown Water
  • Cratchit
  • Tidwell
  • McAfee
  • Gisele
  • Honey Do
  • Holy Roller (R)
  • Pelican
  • Jolly Rancher (Q)

I informed the PAX of the mile distance because I knew I wouldn’t be leading the pack on that part. Frankly, I knew I wouldn’t be leading the pack on any of this challenge. For those that don’t know, here’s the Murph:

The “Murph”.

Random side note, but for those that have not yet watched “The Lone Survivor,” which is the story about Michael Murphy and the battle where he lost his life it is an incredibly intense yet awesome movie.

We set out for the first mile with a few PAX definitely setting a strong pace. Then, we got back to the playground for the exercises. Luckily, Cochran must be a Murph specialist as he brought his poker chip set to help him break out the exercises into sets of 10, 20 and 30 of each – so you’d do it 10x. And, you use the poker chips to keep count of those 10x sets. This works out great as long as the PAX don’t kick over your poker chips [not going to call out Jitterbug for doing that or anything]. Luckily, I hadn’t even started using them because it’s pretty easy to count the first couple of sets. In the middle it gets a bit more challenging as you start getting gassed. And in the end, it gets really foggy of course.

What was cool about this Memorial Day Murph is over the weekend I sent out a list of fallen heroes to each of the PAX. These heroes were from KY, IN or OH. And each active PAX in F3 Louisville were assigned a name. I challenged them to research their fallen hero to understand their story and to memorize their name as we would say it in COT, which was at the request of Gnarly Goat from F3 Lake Norman who challenged all of F3 Nation.

What was really awesome is during the sets, Pelican started telling the name, rank and story of his fallen hero. And then, someone else went. And then so on and so forth. It was really special to hear the names of those men and women as you were grasping for air trying to complete the challenge. It sucked. But, we still were able to drive home. So, it must not have sucked that bad.

A few of the PAX crushed the Murph in great times and I was the six who finished a little over 50-minutes. But, that didn’t stop McAfee, Gisele and a few others from running that last mile with me. Gisele also ran his last mile and that third mile along with me hoisting the American flag. Which, I think is also pretty cool and I hope it was inspiring for some of the cars passing by on the road.

We completed COT, which included the naming of the fallen heroes, which were as follows:

  • Jitterbug – Army Sgt. Richard A. Walters Jr.
  • Cochran – Army Master Sgt. Brian Naseman
  • Captain Crunchberry – Army Cpl. Keith V. Nepsa
  • Timeshare – Marine Lance Cpl. David Grames Sanchez
  • Bulletin – Army Cpl. Jonathan F. Blair
  • Big Bird – Army Capt. Matthew C. Mattingly
  • Wildflower – Marine Lt. Col. Mario D. Carazo
  • Brown Water – Army Cpl. Jeremy R. Greene
  • Cratchit – Army Pfc. Adam R. Shepherd
  • Tidwell – Marine Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley
  • McAfee – Army Spc. Gregory J. Missman
  • Gisele – Army Sgt. Daniel W. Wallace
  • Honey Do – Army Sgt. Justin B. Allen
  • Holy Roller – Army Sgt. Gary L. Woods
  • Pelican – Army Spc. Zachary A. Grass
  • Jolly Rancher (Q) – Army Sgt. Rickey E. Jones

We also ended in a ball of man lifting up those intentions and prayer requests – including those men and women that we honored today as well as their families, friends, loved ones as well as those who served alongside those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day is humbling in a lot of different ways. If we could only take a little bit out of what we did differently on this one day and use that across the other 364-days of the year, it’d be amazing what we could do together.

Humbled to lead!

Jolly Rancher out!

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