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Stephanie Byrd (from left), Mike Dean, Megan Palmer, Hal Jackson prepare for Saturday’s Murph Day Challenge 2012 at Factor X Fitness.

Men, women and even spectators will have an opportunity Saturday to help the Wounded Warrior Project.

From 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Factor X Fitness, 1314 E. Jackson St., women and men will compete in various competitions. The entry fee is $5.

The project has a goal of $1,500, said Mike Dean, event organizer.

The Murph Day Challenge 2012 is being held in honor of Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, a U.S. Navy SEAL, who was awarded posthumously the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for actions in 2005 in the War in Afghanistan.

Murphy, a Suffolk County, N.Y., native, was the first person to be awarded the medal for actions in Afghanistan and the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War.

The Wounded Warrior Project helps soldiers who lose limbs in Afghanistan get back into society — both mentally and physically, said Hal Jackson, Factor X Fitness owner.

“They try to assist in improving the quality of life for that individual,” said Dean, a Thomas County Sheriff’s Office employee, who serves in the U.S. Army Reserves and had served in Afghanistan.

The event also honors other veterans of the U.S. war on terrorism.

Dean said the Saturday event is designed to raise awareness for injured military personnel and to raise money for the individuals.

Women will compete Saturday in:

• 1/2 -mile run

• 50 TRX pullups

• 100 pushups

See Thursday's edition for more details.

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