Honoring Pat Tillman: Pat's Run in Tempe, Arizona

Runners and Walkers Remember Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman
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Pat's Run is named for, and held in memory of, Pat Tillman. Pat attended Arizona State University, and was a professional football player with the Arizona Cardinals. After 9/11 he decided to enlist in the army, foregoing his multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to serve his country. On April 22, 2004, while serving in Afghanistan, he was killed in the line of duty. He was 27 years old.

About Pat's Run

Pat's Run is an annual running/walking event held in memory of Pat Tillman and commemorating his ultimate sacrifice. Proceeds benefit the foundation established after his death.

The Pat Tillman Foundation, sponsor of this race, raises money to assist veterans, active military and their families with educational opportunities to which they might not otherwise have access.


The race date is April 21, 2018.

6 a.m. Race Day Expo and Kids Corner Opens
7 a.m. Race Chair Start
7:05 a.m. 4.2 Mile Walk/Run Start
9:45 a.m. Pat’s Run Kids Run Start (42 mile)


Sun Devil Stadium at ASU in Tempe, AZ. See this location on Google Maps. The start is on the east side of the stadium on Packard Drive. Parking will be at a premium, so I recommend taking Valley Metro Rail to the Rural/University Station and walking. It's about a half-mile walk.

The 4.2 mile run/walk route takes place on the streets of Tempe. Participants finish on the 42-yard line on Frank Kush Field inside Sun Devil Stadium.

The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for Pat's Run. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.

Why So Many References to the Number 42?

That was Pat Tillman's jersey number when he played for the ASU Sun Devils. (For the Arizona Cardinals, he was #40.)

Where Should I Stay?

If you'll be coming in from out-of-town, your best bet for accommodations is one of these three hotels, within walking distance:

  • Best Western
  • Tempe Mission Palms
  • Graduate Tempe

What Else Should I Know?

The Kids Corner is an interactive zone for children ages 12 and under featuring interactive games, inflatables and special appearances by members of the Arizona State football team and local mascots. The Kids Corner will open at 6 a.m. for pre-race activities, but you may not leave your child there unattended while you run.

There is a post-race party with refreshments and entertainment at the finish line.
Spectators and participants should not bring bags or backpacks for security reasons.

This is a rain or shine race.

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