In May of 2002, Pat Tillman turned down a $3.6 million contract from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the U.S. Army following the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, Tillman’s wife Marie founded the Pat Tillman Foundation and a year later the inaugural Pat’s Run took place in Tempe, Ariz.
The Pat Tillman Foundation was set up to raise money for the Tillman Military Scholars, a program that supports active and veteran service members by financially supporting their pursuit of a college degree. Since the inception of the program, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested more than $2.2 million in financial support for these scholars.
This year’s 8th Annual Pat’s Run will take place on Saturday April 21 starting near the Arizona State University football stadium. With limited space and the past couple years reaching capacity, signing up sooner than later is suggested — especially because this is the first year there will be no day-of registration.
And Pat’s Run isn’t just for the serious runner; walk, jog, run, do whatever you’d like. From competitive runners to families, friends and children, Pat’s Run is a day-long event that offers something for everyone.
This week I had the privilege of speaking with Tony Alba, the marketing communications manager from the Pat Tillman Foundation. We spoke about everything from the historical background of Pat’s Run to the registration deadlines and information about the race.
I encourage everyone to consider taking part in Pat’s Run and help support our nation’s service members and honor Pat’s legacy.
Enjoy the interview.