Run Around The Lake
JUNE 24, 2023
Ronkonkoma Rotary's Run Around the Lake is a fundraiser to support veteran causes honoring the men and women who made great sacrifices to protect our great nation
Local Hero, Michael Murphy, was born and raised on Long Island where he served as a Town of Brookhaven lifeguard at Lake Ronkonkoma. Michael graduated from Penn State University with Honors, and instead of attending Law School, joined the Navy SEALs.
He was 29 years old in June 2005, when he perished in a fierce firefight in mountainous terrain along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Operation Red Wings.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.
LT Murphy also received:
The Silver Star
Combat Action Ribbon
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Our Mission is to honor Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy and the 19 other heroes of Operation Red Wings, a special reconnaissance unit in pursuit of a high level terrorist on June 28, 2005
As a barrage of bullets flew at his open position, Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was heard saying "Thank You" before hanging up the call to save his Navy Seal team.
Navy Seal Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy was posthumously awarded The Medal of Honor, The Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal
I love running, and I always to look to run races that support our militady heroes
I've been doing my own version of this run for many years. It's right around the corner from my house, and I love the cause and what the race represents.
Support and Honor Navy Seal Murphy and all of those who are disabled athletes and veterans my life has been enriched by those who SACRIFICED for us!
To support our Military and show pride & respect to our Veterans & Flag 🇺🇸
As board chairman of a CT veteran-based nonprofit, it is an honor to run and pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This race is a patriotic event and I have established some wonderful relationships over the four consecutive years that I have participated in this race.
As a Veteran and Ronkonkoma native it is an honor to run in this year's inaugural Half Marathon.
"I donate to the Navy Seal LT Michael P. Murphy run around the lake because it’s the least I can do to show some respect for this hero that gave his life for his fellow soldiers and his country, so we can live free. It’s an honor to have my bakery in his town all these years. I wish I could do more. God Bless Him and his Family, and THANK YOU!!"
"Thank you for your commitment to the men, women and families of our Naval Special Warfare through the Navy SEAL Foundation. We are honored that you have placed your trust in us and made us your partner in the incredibly important work of providing real and meaningful support to Navy SEALs and their families."
"Thank you to the Ronkonkoma Rotary Club and all who helped make this tribute possible. Laura and I offer our deepest gratitude..."