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Senior Airman Sam Bessinger, 50th Space Communications Squadron, poses for a photo Dec. 21 at the main fitness center covered track after completing "The Murph" competition. "The Murph" consists of a 1-mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups and 300 body-squats followed by another 1-mile run. Participants must complete the event in at most an hour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Senior Airman Sam Bessinger, 50th Space Communications Squadron, completed the Schriever "The Murph" competition in 23 minutes and 11 seconds - a new base record - Dec. 21 at the main fitness center covered track.

"The Murph" consists of a 1-mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups and 300 body-squats followed by another 1-mile run. 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.

Sam Bessinger, 50th Space Communications Squadron 23:11
Douglas Hamm, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, 28:50
Rodrigo Ocampo, 4th Space Operations Squadron, 31:09
Justin Brown, 4 SOPS, 35:03
Tyler Stiles, 4 SOPS, 37:15
Nick Goirigolzarri, 4 SOPS, 38:31
Adam Donahue, 50th Security Forces Squadron, 39:38
Kenneth Grosselin, 4 SOPS, 39:40
Brandon Wilson, 4 SOPS, 40:39
Christopher Raines, 25th Space Range Squadron, 41:10
Dan Corneliussen, 4 SOPS, 42:05
Brenda Lewis, 42:26
Dan Bar, 4 SOPS, 42:57
Clare Bar, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, 43:07
Adam Edwards, 4 SOPS, 43:47
Korey Kuykendall, 50th Force Support Squadron, 43:57
Kevin Yale, 4 SOPS, 45:54
Paul Aldrich, 50th Space Wing, 46:25
Matthew McGivney, 11th Space Warning Squadron, 47:49
William Causey, 4 SOPS, 49:55
Christopher Carney, 50:43
Jenna Dolata 17th Test Squadron, 51:03 3rd Female
James Kmet, 4 SOPS, 51:09
Brian Langner, 4 SOPS, 54:26
Hugo Lara, 56:08
Thomas Nichols, 4 SOPS, 56:37
Scott Trinrud, 4 SOPS, 59:46


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Date Taken:01.10.2013

Date Posted:01.10.2013 17:10

Location:SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, CO, USGlobe

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