2021 will be the ninth running of the "50 Miles for Murph" - a 50 mile run in honor of Navy SEAL LT. Michael Murphy, his teammates, and those who passed away during Operation Red Wings on June 28th, 2005. Each year we make the run from El Barrios Bravest Fire Department in Spanish Harlem, Manhattan out to Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island. After 12 hours, we reach our destination just in time to begin the 4 mile Run Around the Lake which was being held in Murph’s honor.. For those unfamiliar with Murph and Operation Red Wings, I’ll try to give you a small insight into these men.
After being compromised during a reconnaissance mission in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, the four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Michael Murphy, Marcus Luttrell, Matthew Axelson, and Danny Dietz, were in a heavily outnumbered firefight with the enemy having the high ground as well as the right and left flanks. Due to the terrain, their radio was unable to establish communication back at the base. After trying to reestablish their position by taking several dangerous leaps off the side of the mountain, their wounds started to get the best of these warriors. Murph decided to break from cover and go out into the open to try and receive a signal on his satellite phone in order to call for support and immediate extract for his men.
Despite taking a round that caused him to drop the phone, Murph picked it back up and completed the call to get aid for his men, ending the call with “Thank you, sir.” Murph would eventually succumb to his wounds but due to his actions and giving their location, the remains of his men would later be found and would give a directional point on the search for Marcus Luttrell. Danny, as tough as he was, was always bringing up the rear and trying to establish comms during the fight. Axe continued to draw fire to try and draw the enemy away from Marcus’ location. His remains were eventually found with his pistol emptied and the slide locked back, showing he fought to the very end. These are the men who we are running for, who we are honoring. It is rare that someone would lay down their life for another and these men were willing to do that without hesitation. More people need to know about them and their sacrifice.
This is why We are running in their honor. What the “50 miles for Murph” runners will be doing doesn’t come close in comparison to what these men went through. Their memories and the small stories I’ve read and heard about these men will keep me moving forward throughout the night. We will once again be escorted by the Floral Park Fire Department, along with the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department, NYPD, Nassau PD and Suffolk County PD. The Runners will begin the run on Friday, June 25th at approximately 6:00pm from Manhattan and plan on reaching Lake Ronkonkoma by Saturday morning around 7:45am. Then it’s the 4 mile Run Around the Lake in honor of Murph, possibly with some GRT friends who plan on carrying rucks, logs, and other heavy objects. Most of the route will be covered via Jericho Turnpike from New Hyde Park Rd all the way out to route 454 in Suffolk County....I appreciate any and all support during this mission of mine. Our donation page is live and would really be humbled by any amount of donation. Proceeds will be going toward the LT Michael Murphy Scholarship Foundation and the Lone Survivor Foundation.
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