PINETOP-LAKESIDE – The White Mountains Chapter of the Arizona State University Alumni Association, together with the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, will honor the legacy of the late Pat Tillman, with a Tillman Honor Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex. Tillman was a former ASU Sun Devils and Arizona Cardinals football player who died during military combat operations in Afghanistan in 2004.
The second annual Pinetop-Lakeside Tillman Honor Run is a local tribute to the main Pat’s Run in Tempe, a 4.2-mile run/walk that last year drew more than 28,000 participants. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation and its Tillman Scholar Program. Founded in 2004, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships – building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
The Pinetop-Lakeside Tillman Honor Run is a community-oriented, family-friendly, casual 4.2-mile event open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 131 participants.
Entrants who register by April 1 will receive an official Pat’s Run T-shirt at the event. Those who register after April 1 will receive a shirt in the mail sometime in May. Registration for the event is $40 and can be completed online at www.tillmanhonorrunpinetop.eventbrite.com.
Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with check in. Opening ceremonies, featuring long-time Arizona broadcaster Jeff Munn, will begin at 9:20 a.m. Young rising star Grace Rogers of Phoenix will perform the National Anthem just prior to Pinetop-Lakeside Mayor Stephanie Irwin sounding the starting horn. Rogers has performed the National Anthem at many sporting events, including ASU baseball, hockey and women’s basketball games. She will also perform at the Tempe Fourth of July Festival at Tempe Town Lake.
ASU Tillman Scholar Chad Waltz, honored by the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2012, and his family will lead the walkers and runners at the starting line. Waltz served 16 years as a sworn, civilian police officer and military policeman with the Utah Army National Guard and Arizona Air National Guard and was deployed several times. His wife Charlenne served eight years with the Navy Reserves (Phoenix) with deployment.
The event will finish on a mock 42-yard line, similar to the official Pat’s Run, which finishes at the 42-yard line at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium. Tillman wore number 42 as a Sun Devil in the mid-1990s.
Following the walk/run, all participants are invited to a post-event celebration at Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex. The celebration will include food, beverages and a raffle and auction to benefit the White Mountains Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association.
For more information on the event, contact Tony Alba at 928-368-8696, ext. 240.
About the Pat Tillman Foundation
In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor Pat’s legacy of leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships–building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others. For more information on the Pat Tillman Foundation and the impact of the Tillman Scholars, visit www.PatTillmanFoundation.org.
About the Arizona State University Alumni Association
Founded in 1894, the ASU Alumni Association connects ASU’s 450,000-plus Sun Devils living around the globe. Dedicated to serving and uniting all graduates of ASU, the Alumni Association hosts programs and oversees numerous groups that enhance the alumni experience and help alumni engage with their alma mater, which U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the No. 1 university for innovation, ahead of Stanford and MIT. For more information, visit: