Tanguy Cruz Sets New 24-Hour “Murph” World Record

The Frenchman completed 18 rounds of the WOD in 24 hours for a good cause.

A lot of athletes have been vying for the CrossFit® WOD “Murph” world record in 2020. In May, Lee Davis scored 16 rounds of the grueling workout in Charleston, SC, for an unofficial record. Two months later, 17-year-old Tyler Friese upped the ante to 16.75 rounds in the 24-hour time limit. In August, Californian Brandon Breitenbach managed 17 rounds in a single day to claim the world record for himself. Then, in September, Brandon Westover matched Breitenbach’s 17 rounds, but performed them 38 minutes faster.

But now, one man has achieved a new “Murph” milestone. From Nov. 14-15, 2020, Tanguy Cruz, a 26-year-old from France, performed 18 grueling rounds of the following in Melbourne:

  • One-mile run
  • 100 pull-ups
  • 200 push-ups
  • 300 squats
  • One-mile run

*Cruz wore a nine-kilogram (20-pound) vest for the entire workout, which is standard.

“Murph” was named in honor of fallen U.S Navy SEAL officer Michael P. Murphy.


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From the 8 a.m. start time on Nov. 14, 2020, to the 8 a.m. end time on Nov. 15, 2020, Cruz totaled up the following distance and reps:

  • Ran 36 miles
  • 1,800 pull-ups
  • 3,600 push-ups
  • 5,400 squats

Cruz didn’t simply attempt the “Murph” world record as a test of his own strength and endurance. His successful world record was also to raise money for a good cause. According to Cruz’s manager Jimy Audureau, $2,600 has been raised for MindfullAus — an Australian organization dedicated to helping those “affected by mental health challenges.” According to Cruz’s Instagram post, where he thanked his team for their support, Cruz began specifically training for this event five months earlier.

This isn’t the first time Cruz has performed an endurance challenge for a good cause. In 2019, Cruz partook in Movember’s marathon row to raise support for “men’s health awareness.” He rowed 26 miles in two hours and 44 minutes.


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Will anyone be able to best Cruz’s “Murph” world record of 18 rounds in a single day? At the pace athletes have been stepping up to this challenge, it’s certainly possible, but only time will tell. We’ll see what endurance challenge Cruz plans to do next following a well-earned rest. 

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