Murph Challenge proves successful despite weather challenges


Submitted Gina Johnston

Five participants do squats in the 2021 Murph Challenge held on May 31 at Lamy Automotive in Northborough.

Zoe Manousos, Assistant Sports Editor

About 30 people gathered together on a dreary and rainy day to participate in this year’s Murph Challenge, held on May 31 at Lamy Automotive in Northborough.

The Murph Challenge is a set of workouts done all across the world to raise money for the Michael Murphy Education Fund and awareness for the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the military.

“It was perfect,” Operation Tomahawk adviser Gina Johnston said. “The weather wasn’t great, but the kids didn’t mind it at all. It starts with a mile run and you are already a bit sweaty, so it was a nice cooling temperature. Last year we did it, and it was in the 90s, so it was pretty hot.”

Though the weather didn’t cooperate on the day of the challenge, Johnston and the other participants found it easier to complete the workouts with the cooler temperatures.

Along with the student participants, Johnston herself participated in the challenge.

“I participated because it doesn’t take a long time, and I told [the club members] I’d do it with them,” Johnston said.

Johnston was disappointed with the number of participants who came relative to how many signed up, but it ended up working out well. 

“Not as many people came that signed up, but we still had 30 people, and I think we were supposed to have close to 40,” Johnston said. “But it was fine because we only had five pull up bars to work with.”

Johnston was content with the way everything played out and is hopeful to continue participating in the Murph Challenge in the future.