So, what are you doing this Memorial Day? How about testing your physical prowess while helping a great cause? The 3rd annual Get Murphed Fundraiser will take place on Memorial Day, May 27 at Hatem Graphics in Plaistow, N.H.

Organized by Methuen natives, the Hatem family, the event has raised over $26,000 for Hero Pups, an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization that provides support dogs to eligible veterans and first responders.

Hero Pups is a local, 100% volunteer organization. All of the donated funds are used to acquire, train and pair dogs with eligible recipients dealing with service-related traumatic challenges. Many of their dogs are rescued from a network of shelters and rescue agencies.

The event takes its roots in the Hatem family’s respect for those who have defended our nation. The purpose is to gather with quality people, socialize, get in a great workout and have fun while raising money for our veterans. 

So, just what does Get Murphed mean and what is it, you ask? It is a military-style workout, often performed by Michael P. Murphy, a fallen Navy Seal and recipient of the U.S. Military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. The film “The Lone Survivor” shares the story leading up to Murphy’s death during Operation Red Wing in Afghanistan.

The traditional workout consists of a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and another 1-mile run with an option for wearing a 20-pound vest. The best part of the May 27 event is that the workout is scalable to each participant’s skill level.

“Athletes of all skill levels take off for the initial mile,” says organizer Kyle Hatem. “Many attendees complete part of the workout and then cheer on those tackling the full Murph.”

The main goal is to put in work in honor of those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, in a no-judgement zone. Adults and children are invited to join, spectate and donate. For more information, visit hatemgraphics.com.

Says Hatem, “The Hatem Graphics facility is equipped with workout stations, raffles, prizes and refreshments. Several of the Hero Pups puppies will be there as well. This event is about honoring and helping veterans and their families and creating good energy on Memorial Day.”