Pat Tillman was an Arizona State University Sun Devil who, upon graduation in 1997, was selected in the 7th round of the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. In 2002, however, after the events of September 11, 2001, Pat joined the army along with his brother Kevin, signing up for a three-year commitment with the Army Rangers, based out of Fort Lewis, Washington. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
Pat's death remains one of the most controversial of the war in Afghanistan, but his friends and family chose instead of honor the sacrifice that he made by creating the Pat Tillman Foundation that year.
Pat's Run is its signature event. Held in Tempe and ending at the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium to commemorate Pat's #42 while at ASU, the course is 4.2 miles in length. The run helps the Foundation support military families.
This was my first year participating in Pat's Run (in which participants may also choose to walk; there is also a .42-mile kids' fun run).
HRH woke me up twice last night with nightmares; she was screaming in her sleep. While she was able to go back down rather easily. being woken by my screaming child meant that *I* was wide awake both times, so I didn't get the best night's sleep. So I was a little tired and not quite "ready" for the run. Scott had also planned on running with me, but he has been fighting a sinus infection and decided to sit out this year.
Thus, I took the Light Rail into Tempe all by my lonesome and found my corral - each of the corrals, which were assigned based on estimated finish time, held 1000 runners; there were 28 corrals. I was in corral 2.
|Can you see the start???|
|At the finish|
After I finished
I really do feel wonderful when participating in these events. I know that it's good for me to run/walk/move (more on that in May), but that I can keep myself healthy in conjunction with doing good works for others - well, that's better than any runner's high I've ever had.
I'm hoping to keep Pat's Run in my rotation, and perhaps next year HRH will do the kids' run with me, too!
|That's me (on the right - haha!) with QB Brock Osweiler.|
He's like 8 feet tall.
We're now BFFs or whatever.
|Having a pint for Pat at Rula Bula with some friends|