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Janesville residents take on fitness challenge to honor fallen Navy SEAL

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO) — Janesville residents are taking on a nationwide fitness challenge to honor a fallen Navy SEAL.

Lieutenant Michael Murphy was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and sacrifice during Operation Redwing.

The “Murph Challenge” is a one mile run which includes 100 pull ups and 300 air squats.

The Janesville Police Department and CrossFit 608 organized the annual event to commemorate soldiers who fought for the country’s freedom.

“The hour or so of suffering that we’re going to put forth is nothing compared to that of the families of all the fallen heroes,” said Eric Engler, owner of CrossFit 608. “This is just the best way we can give back.”

All proceeds benefit Janesville Police Explorer Post 500, a program supporting young children who aspire to work in law enforcement.

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