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St. Jude’s Ranch for Children to Host Nevada Fitness’ Memorial Day Murph Challenge 2021

May 27, 2021

Memorial Day fitness fundraiser to honor Lt. Michael P. Murphy

LAS VEGAS – Nevada Fitness will hold its Memorial Day Murph Challenge on May 31, 2021, between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children to honor Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, who died in Afghanistan in 2005 in the line of duty. The physical fitness fundraiser will include a series of fitness trials for attendees to complete while honoring all those who have sacrificed.

Each year on Memorial Day, gyms across the country hold Murph Challenges; local Nevada Fitness holds this fitness challenge to remember and honor Lt. Murphy. Completing the Murph Challenge is about more than a grueling workout, it’s about being humbled, pushing hard, and putting participants’ bodies through some physical pain to honor those who sacrificed everything for this country.

“Nevada Fit is honored to host the Murph Challenge on Memorial Day in remembrance of Lt. Michael Murphy and those who have sacrificed their lives serving our country,” said Royce Laguerta of Nevada Fit. “Though we cannot match the sacrifices made by the men and women in service, we are proud to lead a group of participants through one of the most challenging CrossFit workouts to show our support and pay tribute to our nation’s heroes. Not only do we have the chance to honor and support the Michael Murphy Foundation, but we are also raising funds for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, an amazing organization here in Southern Nevada. This will truly be a special day.”

The Murph Challenge includes a 1-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats, and another 1-mile run, all in a 20-pound weight vest or body armor. Scaling options are available for all levels of fitness to participate, including some of the children that live at the Ranch.

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a community of hope and healing, will host the annual event this Memorial Day at 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder City, Nev. and donors will receive a free shirt with proof of donation to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children’s Red Heart Giving Society, a monthly donor giving program.

“Especially on Memorial Day, when we honor all those who have made the biggest sacrifice for our country, we are grateful for sponsors like Nevada Fit and Universal Engineering that understand the sacrifices that our own children and young people bear with the burden of being a victim of abuse and neglect,” said St. Jude’s Ranch for Children Chief Executive Officer Christina Vela.

The Memorial Day Murph Challenge is sponsored by Universal Engineering Sciences and several others. Athletes and spectators can register for the event by visiting or by emailing Space for this event is limited, and attendees must pre-register.

Nevada Fitness Concepts (NFC) has fully licensed CrossFit affiliates in Las Vegas area of Nevada dedicated to improving the overall health and fitness of the community through elite fitness. Our vision is to bring happiness and health to all our communities. NFC aspires for all athletes of all ages, skill and abilities to compete and train, as well enjoy the camaraderie of sport and fitness. We drive a culture who’s willing to push themselves beyond what they ever thought possible, in order to break both mental and physical barriers. In return, our success goes beyond our gym walls and into our daily lives.
NFC is not a traditional global gym. Our equipment is comprised of ropes, kettlebells, pull-up bars, barbells, rings, boxes, medicine balls, and tires, all utilized to improve functional movements. We emphasize a great deal in gymnastics, Olympic lifting, and metabolic conditioning. We use all of these variables and tools to create a balanced general form of fitness daily. ABOUT ST. JUDE’S RANCH FOR CHILDREN
For more than 54 years, St. Jude’s Ranch for Children has been a community of healing and hope for children and young people that are victims of abuse and neglect. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization helps children and youth, ages zero to 25, who have been abused, neglected, exploited and/or homeless, by providing safety, stability and healing in a caring environment. St. Jude’s Ranch for Children offers customized therapy, high-quality residential and transitional housing programs, and numerous supportive services, as well as opportunities to keep families and siblings together and spend time together when separated in foster care. The charity’s ultimate focus is to break the cycle of abuse and help children and young people become thriving positive members of the community. For more information visit or get social with us @StJudesRanch for Facebook and Twitter or stjudesranchforchildren on lnstagram. ABOUT UNIVERSAL ENGINEERING SCIENCES
Universal Engineering Sciences, headquartered in Orlando, is a rapidly growing engineering infrastructure firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections and environmental consulting. UES is considered a pioneer of the industry and stands at the forefront of emerging technology, best practices and influential legislature. Projects include both public and private clients, ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial and education. UES engineers, geologists, certified inspectors, and scientists offer an unwavering commitment to excellence, approaching each project as an opportunity to cultivate enduring relationships with clients. With more than 2,150 professionals across 48 branches nationwide, UES consults on projects of all sizes to help deliver needed infrastructure projects and build safe and successful communities. Recent mergers with GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services LLC, Contour Engineering, LLC, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates Inc, Construction Testing & Engineering and SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, Inc. and GEOServices, LLC, have made UES one of the largest, most resource-rich organizations of its kind. For more information, please visit or follow UES on Social Media.