Pat's Run, the yearly 4.2 mile walk/run that celebrates the life of Pat Tillman, is now 42 days away. The run is scheduled to begin at 7 AM on April 18th.
Pat Tillman's friends and family created Pat's Run as a way to celebrate Pat's passionate legacy while raising awareness and funding for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Perry Edinger, Pat's friend and former head trainer for Arizona State University, initiated and developed the concept of a 4.2 mile run/walk around Arizona State with a finish on the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium (#42 was Pat's number while a Sun Devil). Perry wanted the event to be something physical, outdoors, and open to all saying, "With Pat's Run, people are motivated to exercise and do something positive for themselves, while honoring Pat's memory, sharing their stories and ultimately being an inspiration to others."
The fourth annual 2008 Tempe Pat's Run set record attendance when approximately 19,000 people came out to celebrate the life of Pat Tillman. The third annual 2008 San Jose Pat's Run also drew an impressive crowd of about 6,000 people. We hope you will join us for an inspiring and fun morning in 2009.
This event benefits the Pat Tillman Foundation. To find out more about the Foundation and how you can get involved, please visit our website: www.pattillmanfoundation.org.
For more info about the race itself, go to the Pat's Run official website.
Last year, my personal result was 31:33, which is a 7:31 pace. It was a great experience, from the supportive volunteers to the worthwhile goodie bag. In the end, it just felt good to support a good cause.
I hope to see you there this year, running with pride.