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50 Miles For Murph

2018 will be the sixth "50 Miles for Murph" - a 50 mile run in honor of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, his teammates and those who passed away during Operation Red Wings on June 28th, 2005. Each year we make the run from El Barrios Bravest Fire Department in Spanish Harlem, Manhattan out to Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island. After 12 hours, we reach our destination just in time to begin the 4 mile Run Around the Lake which was being held in Murph’s honor.

For those unfamiliar with Murph and Operation Red Wings, I’ll try to give you a small insight to these men. After being compromised during a reconnaissance mission in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, the four man SEAL team consisting of Michael Murphy, Marcus Luttrell, Matthew Axelson and Danny Dietz, were in a heavily outnumbered firefight with the enemy having the high ground as well as the right and left flanks. Due to the terrain, their radio was unable to establish communication back at the base. After trying to reestablish their position by taking several dangerous leaps off the side of the mountain, their wounds started to get the best of these warriors. Murph decided to break from cover and go out into the open to try and receive a signal on his satellite phone in order to call for support and immediate extract for his men. Despite taking a round that caused him to drop the phone, Murph picked it back up and completed the call to get aid for his men, ending the call with “Thank you, sir.” Murph would eventually succumb to his wounds but due to his actions and giving their location, the remains of his men would later be found and would give a directional point on the search for Marcus Luttrell. Danny, as tough as he was, was always bringing up the rear and trying to establish comms during the fight. Axe continued to draw fire to try and draw the enemy away from Marcus’ location. His remains was eventually found with his pistol emptied and the slide locked back, showing he fought to the very end.

These are the men who I am running for, who I am honoring. It is rare that someone would lay down their life for another and these men were willing to do that without hesitation. More people need to know about them and their sacrifice. This is why I am running in their honor.

What I will be doing doesn’t come close in comparison to what these men went through. Their memories and the small stories I’ve read and heard about these men will keep me moving forward throughout the night. I will be once again escorted by the Floral Park Fire Department, along with the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department, NYPD and possibly a couple more including the Suffolk County PD.

I will begin the run on Friday, June 22th at approximately 7:00pm from Manhattan and plan on reaching Lake Ronkonkoma by Saturday morning around 8:00am. Then its the 4 mile Run Around the Lake in honor of Murph, possibly with some GRT friends who plan on carrying rucks, logs and other heavy objects. Most of my route will be covered via Jericho Turnpike from New Hyde Park Rd all the way out to route 454 in Suffolk County....

I appreciate any and all support during this mission of mine. My donation page is live and would really be humbled for any amount of donation.  Proceeds will be going toward the LT Michael Murphy Scholarship Foundation and the Lone Survivor Foundation.

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I appreciate it so very much.

Thank you for joining me!

Freddy Rodriguez

Navy SEAL LT Michael P. Murphy

Run Around the Lake
4 Mile Run/Walk Around the Lake
June 22, 2019
8:30am Fun Run
9:00am 4 Mile Run

Race Day Address:
299 Rosevale Ave.
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Mailing Address:
Rotary Club of the Ronkonkoma
P.O. Box 2717
Ronkonkoma, New York 11779
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  • LT Michael P Murphy Memorial Scholarship Logo

    In 2016, 18 scholarships were awarded to deserving students.

    The LT Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation is a 501c(3) Charity and there are no administrative costs and all Board Members are volunteers so all funds are used for scholarships only.
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  • Lone Survivor Foundation Logo

    The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.

    The Lone Survivor Foundation is a Federal 501(c)3 Non-Profit Founded in 2010 by Navy SEAL (Ret.) Marcus Luttrell.
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  • Navy Seal Foundation Logo

    The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.

    Charity Navigator 4-star charity since 2011. Top 0.7% of all charities in the U.S. Combined Federal Campaign #11454 Tax I.D. Number 31-1728910
    The Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, national non profit charitable foundation.
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  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation logo

    Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school; and offers family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty.

    Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.
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    Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.
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