In honor of Memorial Day, Body by Boris hosted a Memorial Day Murph event to raise money for the Jonathan Cote Memorial Scholarship that is awarded to veterans attending UF and Santa Fe College.
The purpose of the scholarship is to bridge the gap between veterans returning home and coming to their first semester of college and the time period before the GI Bill kicks in, said Chris Boris Marhefka, owner and coach at Body by Boris.
Their goal for the event was to raise $1,000, which they surpassed.
The scholarship was started after former UF student Jonathan Cote was killed in the Middle East while returning to work as a security contractor in 2006. The workout, known in the Crossfit community as “Murph,” was named after Lt. Michael Murphy, who was killed in 2005 on a mission to capture a key Taliban leader in Afghanistan.
More than 35 people participated in the Murph workout, which consisted of a 1-mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 200 squats and ended with a 1-mile run.
Jason Lentz, 24, a head coach at Body by Boris, said he was excited to complete the Murph workout.It was the first time Body by Boris has done a full-scale Murph, Lentz said.
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From left: Hunter Wyatt, 24, Samantha Mauder, 22, and Chloe Herring, 23, perform various exercises at the Memorial Day Murph event put on by Body By Boris, 1527 NW 6th St., on Monday. The event benefitted the Jonathan Cote Memorial Scholarships, which helps veteran UF and Santa Fe students pay for books and tuition.