Philadelphia Firefighter Honored by Athletic Challenge


Captain Matt LeTourneau honored by 10k Burpee Challenge participants 


The burpee is an infamous full body, cardiac exercise that combines a squat, pushup, and jump
into one fluid workout. Popularized during World War II when the military adopted the exercise
as a way to test the fitness of new recruits, the burpee has been around, with slight variations,
for a long time.


A new event, the 10k Burpee Challenge, is challenging participants to complete 10,000 burpees
in one calendar year. More advanced athletes can even opt to complete 20,000 or even 30,000 burpees in one year’s time. All to get stronger and earn a patch.

Now, however, participants are going a step further. In addition to completing burpees to win
themselves a patch, they are completing burpees to earn a patch for firefighter hero Captain
Matt LeTourneau. Captain Matt selflessly gave his life in the line of duty January 6th , 2018 while serving with his crew, Engine 45 of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Participants have already donated over 1,300 burpees towards earning a patch in honor of
Captain Matt, which will be presented to his loved ones at the end of the year. If 20,000
burpees are donated both the 10k and 20k patches will be presented. If 30,000 all 3 patches will be presented. To sign up, please visit

The challenge has committed to honoring a new fallen hero for every 100 registered
participants, Captain Matt is the first.

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