The Super Murph 2022 Open took place April 6 to 13 and featured athletes competing to complete five rounds of 10 pull-ups, 20 push-ups, 30 air squats and 40 sit-ups.
It was another exciting, down-to-the-wire finish for the Super Murph 2022 Open event, with last-minute lead changes in three different categories.
Both the donor categories were extremely competitive. Garet Hil took the top spot in the men’s donor category with a time of 15:01. Jason Elmore, who ended up in third place in the category with a final time of 22:22, did the full workout three times throughout the week (his first two attempts were 26:31 and 25:36), getting faster each time but not fast enough to beat Garet or Justin King, who placed second with a time of 21:49. In addition to winning the men’s donor category, Garet beat all of the men in the general category, demonstrating that kidney donation does not negatively impact health or fitness.
The women’s donor category featured an epic battle between two Donor Games veterans. Mimi Mahon submitted her 21:59 workout early in the competition and held the first place slot all week before a late challenge by Roni Hays. Roni’s first submission beat Mimi’s time but was DQed. Just hours before the deadline, Mimi submitted a new video shaving her time to 19:22, but was beaten by Roni’s new 18:58 time, which she submitted less than 24 hours after her DQ.
Though technically they registered as competitors in the donor categories, David Ashley and Molly Cropp are really in a class of their own, having trained for the competition in Nepal while acclimating to the altitude as Dave prepares to climb Mount Everest in the coming weeks. Watch the video.
Donor Games regular Scott Claybrook took first place in the transplant recipient men’s division with an impressive 16:58, and newcomer Merrill Walker, who at age 65 proves that top athletic performance is possible at any age, took the top slot in the women’s division with a modified workout coming in at 49:26.
Both general categories were leaderboard brawls, with a lot of back and forth and nail-biter twist endings. In the women’s general category, Donor Games first-timer Anna Stylianaki set a blistering pace early on with a time of 13:48 and seemed uncatchable for most of the competition. On the last day of the event, Brandy Young submitted a video that rivaled the top spot but was DQed. Not to be deterred, in less than 24 hours Brandy submitted a new scorching fast 13:34 workout to take over the lead. Anna submitted a new 13:04 video that was DQed by the judges, leaving Brandy in sole possession of the top podium spot, plus the fastest time of anyone in the competition.
In the general men’s category, Nikolaos Kostakis set the pace with a 16:04 workout. Henry Morales beat his time in a video that was DQed, then made another attempt and took over the top spot with a very clean 16:01 workout. On the last evening of the competition, Nikolaos surged into the lead with a new submission, taking the #1 spot with a 15:44 workout.
To view all submitted workouts (sample and full competition workouts) for the Super Murph 2022 Open, please visit our YouTube channel.
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*EXB: Modified exhibition workout completed at Everest Base Camp. Learn more
*DQ: Submission was disqualified by the judges due to a form issue.
^ Modified workout: Athlete performed an allowed assisted move.Back to Event Recaps