Arizona State University alumni and fans around the country will honor the legacy of former ASU Sun Devils and Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman by participating in a series of 32 “shadows runs” in conjunction with the 12th annual Pat’s Run, which will be held in Tempe on April 23.
The shadow runs will be presented by chapters of the ASU Alumni Association located across the United States. These events are community-oriented affairs, commonly held at parks, schools and recreation areas. The shadow runs have grown from 150 runners participating in 2009 to 3,000 runners participating in 2015 – often attracting area military veterans and other Tillman admirers in addition to Sun Devil alumni.
The shadow run events are local tributes to the main Pat’s Run in Tempe, a 4.2-mile run/walk that last year drew more than 35,000 participants. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which was formed after Tillman’s death in 2004. Proceeds from Pat’s Run fund the organization’s Tillman Military Scholars program, which supports active and veteran military service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice.
To view a complete list of cities hosting shadow runs in conjunction with Pat’s Run, go to https://alumni.asu.edu/volunteer/pats-run.