If you’ve ever seen the movie “Lone Survivor,” chances are you were touched by the story of a team who set out on a mission to capture or kill a Taliban leader, where only one man (Marcus Luttrell) survived to tell the tale. While one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare, the story shared through that motion picture pales in comparison to the actual heroic efforts of that team, and in particular, the actions of Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy.

A Long Island native and the first member of the US Navy to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, Murph wore a patch for Engine 53 / Ladder 43 in Spanish Harlem, and served as a LifeGuard (and trained to be a Navy SEAL) in lake Ronkonkoma. A hometown hero to many - but a personal hero to one runner from Long Island.

On June 21, 2013, this solo runner set out to cover 56+ miles from Spanish Harlem to Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, in an effort to memorialize Lt Michael Murphy.

Primarily a Fundraiser for the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Lone Survivor Foundation, Navy SEAL Foundation and Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the goal of this race began simply to continue to keep spreading their story and their legacy, allowing these brave men and all those who make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, to live on.

The original one-man team, Freddy Rodriquez, who started this run back in 2013 wanted a unique way to give back to those who served and help them and their families through fundraising.

Now in it’s seventh year, 25 runners will cover the same 56+ miles in honor of Lieutenant Michael Murphy’s heroic efforts. We will run from Spanish Harlem, through Queens and Nassau County, and end in Suffolk County, for Navy SEAL LT Michael Murphy and the men of Operation Red Wings, who died on June 28th, 2005. Join us live on Facebook and Instagram while we enter the pain cave over these next 24 hours, and please head here to donate!!

I wanted to do something to honor Murph since he is a personal hero of mine, for what he did both before and while he was a Navy SEAL. He did what was right even when it wasn’t a popular opinion. But I wanted it to be something that lived up to the men from his mission. I found out about the 4 mile run around the lake and wanted to do something extra for it. This lead to the start of the 50 Miles for Murph.
— Freddy Rodriguez