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Follow us as we look into the history of the 20th Annual Pat's Run, honoring ASU legend and veteran Pat Tillman, and even get the chance to run it ourselves


Runners racing at the 20th Annual Pat's Run, honoring Pat Tillman, outside Mountain America Stadium on Saturday, April 13, 2024 in Tempe.

Every spring, thousands of Sun Devils, past, present and future, travel to Tempe to participate in Pat's Run. This event brings together veterans and civilians to honor one man's mission.

The emotionally charged run celebrates the life and legacy of Pat Tillman. The former Sun Devil and Arizona Cardinal famously gave up his football career to serve his country as an Army Ranger and tragically died in the line of duty in 2004.

Tillman's family and close friends created the Pat Tillman Foundation to support military families and veterans that same year. This year marked the 20th edition of Pat’s Run, with over 28,000 people running in Tillman’s honor to raise money for the foundation’s network of over 850 Tillman Scholars.

"It just shows you what some of us call the power of Pat," race co-founder Perry Edinger said. "People drop all they're doing every year at this time to honor Pat. It's really hard to explain, but if you knew Pat, you understand why people do it because he was somebody a lot of people wanted to be."

Edited by Alexandra Zurborg, Alexis Heichman and Walker Smith.

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Morgan KubaskoIllustration Editor

Morgan Kubasko is a sophomore journalism major and The State Press illustration editor. She is a lover of all art forms and is a freelance/self-publisher writer. 

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