This morning’s workout at CrossFit Rhema was a Hero Workout. This particular workout’s name is “Murph” in honor of U.S. Navy SEAL Micheal Murphy, who led the four-man reconnaissance team on a mission to kill a top Taliban leader. Some of you may know the story of the Lone Survivor. This was that mission.
What is “Murph?”
Murph is a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, and another 1 mile run. For us newbies, we cut that in half, so I did a “half-Murph.”
Before our workout, we were all given a name of a fallen hero, written on our arm. Someone to remember and honor when we felt like quitting. The name given to me was Omar Forde.
The workout was brutal, no doubt, but when it was over I looked down at my arm and saw that name written there. I didn’t want it to just be a name. I wanted to find out who Omar Forde was.
Forde grew up in Cobb County where he attended Dowell Elementary School, Pine Mountain Middle School, and finally Kennesaw Mountain. He was known as a “fixture” of the Mustang football team and made history in 2001 when he intercepted a pass in what is now known as “Omar’s Corner.” After playing three years of varsity football at Kennesaw, Omar Forde had offers to play college football when he graduated in 2004. Instead, he passed on football and decided to serve his country, and start a family with his high school sweetheart, Megan. Together they had two boys.
During his eight years of military service, Ford had been promoted seven times. Sgt Forde was one of six soldiers killed in a helicopter crash as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afganistan. He was one of five from Fort Riley, and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Combat Aviation Brigade. He died when the UH-60 Black Hawk he was in, crashed in southern Afghanistan on December 17.
Today we honor those who gave everything so that we can have our hotdogs, our fireworks, and our brutal Crossfit workouts that, compared to men like Sgt 1st Class Omar Forde, make us look like complete wusses. Thank you, Sgt Forde.