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CrossFit Plant City participates in the "Murph" hero workout, plus Uncle Mike's is out and Crossroads is in.
by: Daniel Figueroa IV Staff Writer

Doing it all for our Murphy

For the fourth year in a row, CrossFit Plant City and 20 participants took part in the annual Murph Challenge on Memorial Day.

The Murph commemorates one of the favorite workouts of Navy Lt. Michael Murphy, 29, a Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Murphy called the workout “Body Armor” and, since his death, it has become known as the Murph. CrossFitters around the country participate in the event every Memorial Day to honor Murphy’s memory.

The Murph is a timed CrossFit “hero” workout consisting of a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another one-mile run. Some participants do the challenge with a 20-pound weight vest to simulate body armor.

We’ll see you at the Crossroads

Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill ended its Plant City tenure with a farewell party May 26.

According to a Facebook post from owner Simone Karakash Tolley, Crossroads Seafood and Steakhouse, a new steak and seafood restaurant, will be taking over the space previously occupied by Uncle Mike’s.

Tolley said she plans to focus on a catering company and event hall following the closure.

“We have been doing great with UM Catering and Blake Hall and want to focus on that and spend some time with my 3 year old baby,” she said in the Facebook post.

Owners of Uncle Mike’s said they will have nothing to do with the new restaurant, but a hiring manager for Crossroads referred any inquiries into the new restaurant back to them.

Daniel Figueroa IV is a Staff Writer at the Plant City Times & Observer. He has been covering Plant City since 2017. Previously, he was the politics and veteran affairs reporter at the Ledger of Lakeland. He probably wants to ride motorcycles and trade books with...

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