April 19, 2013

Ninth annual Pat's Run on Saturday

Posted: April 19, 2013

The ninth annual Pat’s Run that honors the life and legacy of Pat Tillman will take place on Saturday, April 20.

The run/walk begins at 6 a.m. on Packard Drive and continues through Tempe streets to the finish on the 42-yard line in Sun Devil Stadium.

In light of recent events at the Boston Marathon, security measures have been increased and participants have been asked to not to bring bags or backpacks to the race venue. Participants should report any suspicious activity, people or packages to the nearest security personnel.

“The Pat Tillman Foundation wants to ensure that Pat’s Run continues to be a safe and inspiring event for all our runners and walkers, their supporters and the local Tempe community, as we come together to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy of leadership, service and action,” said Michelle McCarthy, Pat Tillman Foundation spokesperson.

“We’re working closely with Arizona State University, Arizona State University Police Department, the City of Tempe and Tempe Police, and additional security to ensure the safety of all our participants at this weekend’s Pat’s Run. Our protocols are being constantly reviewed and modified as needed to ensure the safety of all in attendance,” she added.

Pat’s Run was created to honor the life and legacy of ASU alumnus Pat Tillman who was lost his life while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. While a member of the ASU football team, Tillman proudly wore the number 42 football jersey.

The 4.2 mile run and .42 kids run attracts thousands of runners each year. Proceeds directly benefit the Tillman Military Scholars, a program designed to support educational opportunities for service members and military families by bridging the financial gaps left by the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.