Feb. 3, 2017/Tempe, Ariz. – 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 Tillman Honor Runs, which will be conducted in conjunction with the 13th annual Pat’s Run to be held in Tempe on April 22.
The runs, which until this year were known as “Pat’s Run shadow runs,” are community-oriented affairs, commonly held at parks, schools and recreation areas. Chapters of the ASU Alumni Association host the Tillman Honor Runs, which have grown from 150 runners participating in 2009 to 2,400 runners participating in 2016. The events are known as effective community builders, as they often attract area military veterans and other Tillman admirers in addition to Sun Devil alumni.
The Tillman Honor Runs 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.
“This year’s name change makes it clear whose legacy we are honoring: Pat Tillman’s,” said Christine K. Wilkinson, president and CEO of the ASU Alumni Association. “Our alumni are proud to raise awareness about the Pat Tillman Foundation and its important work.”
To view a complete list of cities hosting Tillman Honor Runs, go to https://alumni.asu.edu/volunteer/tillman-honor-runs. Those wanting to participate who do not live near Tempe or a Tillman Honor Run host city may register as a remote runner by visiting http://pattillmanfoundation.org/pats-run/.