Seven years later, race in honor of Pat Tillman continues to grow

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Pat’s Run, the race in honor of the late Pat Tillman set for this Saturday, isn’t your normal charity run.

The distance is unique — 4.2 miles to honor the No. 42 jersey Tillman wore at Arizona State before his life was tragically cut short by friendly fire in Afganistan.

The ending is unique: Runners finish at the 42-yard-line at Sun Devil Stadium after running through a gauntlet of Arizona State players.  They can watch the finish on the stadium scoreboard.

And the response has been unique.  Tillman’s brother-in-law Alex Garwood and ASU’s former athletic trainer Perry Edinger were two of the three men who started the event and they were told they’d be lucky to get 800-1,000 people the first year.

“They told him the distance was too obscure or the city wouldn’t let us do it, or ASU wouldn’t let us do it, and Perry’s response was always, ‘You don’t know Pat,'” Edinger told Bob Young of the Arizona Republic this week.

The first race drew more than 5,500 runners.  It doubled the next year.  This Friday’s race will be capped at 28,000, with 22,000 runners from 48 states signed up before last weekend.   About $1.3 million in scholarship money has been distributed to “Tillman Scholars” with money from the event.

“I sure wish Pat could be there to see it,” Garwood said. “I miss the hell out of him.”

11 responses to “Seven years later, race in honor of Pat Tillman continues to grow

  1. In a much better bit of irony, Gen Stanley McCrystal (who got fired last year for running his mouth to Rolling Stone about Bob Gates) was just made a member of a 3 person advisory board (with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden) to “help service members and their families”.

    The kicker here is that McCrystal was one of the chief enablers/propagators of the cover-up of Tillman’s friendly fire death.

    Talk about tone deaf!!!!

  2. Gen McCrystal did not run his mouth to rolling stone one of his aides did. However Gen McCrystal did something that most of you wont and thats admit he said it and took what punishment he had coming.

  3. r8rsfan says: Apr 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    4 Raider fans in that pic. We’re everywhere people. 1 nation – Raider Nation.

    Of course. You know Raider Nation is everywhere, especially Arizona and the Mexico boarder. Thats either Raider or Cowboy territory.

    people just dont get it, yet.

  4. spartin9177 says: Apr 12, 2011 9:53 AM

    Gen McCrystal did not run his mouth to rolling stone one of his aides did. However Gen McCrystal did something that most of you wont and thats admit he said it and took what punishment he had coming.
    ===================================
    The only thing most of us wont admit, was that the whole freakin war was a mistake that cost thousands of lives.

    God Bless America….the Real America not that neo-con nightmare theyve given us.

  5. Look up Anthony Robles NCAA Champ. He’s from ASU and won the national title in wrestling this year…..win one leg!!

  6. Pat Tillman had a positive impact on a lot of people. There are now “shadow” Pat’s runs in 20 cities around the county. A great way to give back and honor a great man.

  7. One of the best posts you guys have written in awhile and the comments section is littered with Raider Fan propoganda. Is there anything off limits to this cult of criminals??

    Regardless, great to know this event is doing so well. Its nice to hear about the good every once in awhile..

  8. Pat Tillman is an American hero, in my opinion.

    Actually, since he quit the NFL to join the army and fight the terrorists who attacked our country, but got killed in a friendly fire accident, so the government staged a PR campaign around his death..

    You could say he’s a uniquely 21st century American hero.

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