By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
For the fifth consecutive time, Sam Bessinger, 50th Space Communications Squadron, dominated “The Murph” Fitness Challenge Friday at the Schriever Fitness Center.
With a time of 24 minutes and 20 seconds, he scored the fastest finish of “The Murph,” which consisted of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 body squats and another mile run.
The competition is part of the Schriever Fitness Center’s May Fitness Month activities. Participants who completed “The Murph” in under an hour earned an event T-shirt. “The Murph” is an athletic competition named after U.S. Navy Lt. Michael Murphy who created the workout, but was later killed in action while serving in Afghanistan.
“This is my fifth year in a row doing ‘The Murph,’” said Bessinger. “I am glad it is over. I was surprised and happy that the times for the top three were close. I think it was a good competition.”
Meanwhile, Jennea Jenkins, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, finished the Murph in 42:38 to garner the fastest time for females.
“I think ‘The Murph’ was a great competition,” Jenkins said. “I was extremely glad that I completed ‘The Murph’ and won the female competition.”
Though already in shape, Bessinger said he conducted specific workouts that are targeted for “The Murph,” in addition to his regular routine.
“I try to do more workouts that improve cardio and muscular strength at least a month before the competition,” he said.
Jenkins said although she already works out regularly, she didn’t specifically train for the competition.
“But it also helped that the squadron has a pull-up competition,” said the recent Schriever female weightlifting champion.
Seth Cannello, Schriever fitness and sports manager, said the event was a success.
“We had a pretty good turn out and it appeared everyone had a good time,” Cannello said. “We had some very fit people come out, and as a group, we had some of the best times I have ever seen.”
He hoped that events like “The Murph,” triathlon, half-marathon and others will motivate members to train harder or try different types of exercises.
“I think people need to stop being afraid they won’t succeed and invest the time it takes to complete an event like ‘The Murph,’” Cannello continued. “They’ll be glad they did.”
Bessinger plans to compete again next year if he is still stationed here. He also has some encouraging words to his competitors who wanted to dethrone him this year.
“Better luck next year,” he said.
For other fitness month events, call the fitness center at 567-6658.
The following are the top competitors:
Sam Bessinger, 50 SCS — 24:20
Justin Long, 50 FSS — 25:47
Christopher Metzgar, 50 SCS — 26:26
Jennea Jenkins, 50 CES — 42:38
Heather Klein, 50 SCS — 48:36