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Altoona gym holds special workout to honor veterans

Altoona, Pa. - Dozens of people spent their Sunday morning at Dorman's Sports Performance in Altoona doing a difficult workout for a good cause.

"It's one of those workouts that people really take to heart because it's not just benching, there's actual meaning behind it," Freddie Dorman, owner of Dorman's Sports Performance, said.

It's a unique Memorial Day tradition called "The Murph Challenge."

It's named in honor of Navy LT. Michael P. Murphy. In 2005 Murphy was killed in Afghanistan.

"It's considered one of the toughest workouts," Dorman explained. "We do that so that way we're putting effort in like [Murphy] put effort into serving his country. It's a little way of giving back to the veterans."

CrossFit gyms around the country hold the event each year. It consists of a 1-mile run, 300 air squats, 200 push-ups, 100 pull-ups, and another 1-mile run.

"There's no better way to really kick off the Memorial Day weekend and start of summer than remembering those who have come before us and given the ultimate sacrifice for our country," Quint Stickle, an Army Veteran, told us. "This is the perfect way to do that."

A heroes workout all to remember and honor our servicemen and servicewomen.

"Some of us can't serve so we're trying to give back any way we can to show our support for local veterans," Dorman said.

All money raised from the event in Altoona will go to the Van Zandt VA home and will directly benefit our local veterans.


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