LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– On this Memorial Day, a family who lost their loved one honored him by taking on the Murph Challenge.
The challenge includes push ups, pull ups, squats, and running. Emily Dieruf Chambers and hundreds of others spent Monday taking part in the challenge that honors the brave people who have served and sacrifices.
“It’s not another day off work or off school. For us, it actually is a true remembering. For us, it’s remembering our hero, Nich, and my grandfather, a veteran,” said Chambers.
Fifteen years ago, Chambers’ husband, Nich, was killed in Iraq. She said that the years without him have not gotten easier. On Monday, the community at Crossfit Maximus showed her the support she needed.
“Think about all the veterans that have lost their lives and gave the ultimate sacrifice, and it motivates me. And there’s no way I’m sitting on the couch,” said retired Lt. Colonel Tammy Hurst.
In October, Emily and twelve others will run the Marine Corp Marathon in Nich’s name. She made a vow 15 years ago to never let his name be forgotten.
“We’re raising funds today for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. That’s the charity we selected to work for. It’s one that is near and dear to my heart,” said Chambers.
The pain and sweat that these athletes endured is their sacrifice to the men and women who gave everything.