Pat’s Run: Keeping the Spirit of Pat Tillman Alive for U.S. Veterans and Their Spouses

On Saturday, April 26th, I volunteered at the 10th annual Pat’s Run in Chicago for Pat Tillman Foundation’s Tillman Military Scholars program which raises money for educational scholarships awarded to U.S. military veterans and their spouses.  This was one of numerous “shadow runs” held in tandem with the official Pat’s Run in Tempe, Arizona.  I was happy to participate in this incredibly important initiative, since I have been deeply moved by Pat Tillman’s life story for quite a long time.

Chicago’s Pat’s Run was held in Lincoln Park and was sponsored by alumni of Arizona State University (ASU) which Pat Tillman attended.  Approximately 50 registrants showed up to run or walk the 4.2 mile course along the beautiful lakefront trail.  Pat’s Run is 4.2 miles because Pat Tillman proudly wore number 42 when he played football for ASU’s Sun Devils.

Pat Tillman was larger than life.  In fact, many would agree that he lived his life in an exclamation point!  He was an extraordinary young man who played college football for the Arizona Sun Devils and the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals for a short but successful time before he walked away from that new and lucrative NFL contract, in order to serve as a Ranger in the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan where he lost his life in an act of fratricide on April 22, 2004.  The specific details of his death are still shrouded in a massive cover-up by the U.S. military.

The Tillman Military Scholars scholarships are awarded to those veterans and their spouses who exemplify Pat Tillman’s devotion to community, leadership and the positive spirit in which Pat lived his life.

For more information about the Pat Tillman Foundation, Pat’s Run and Pat Tillman, the man, I encourage you to visit  Also, I highly recommend reading Jon Krakauer’s “Where Men Win Glory” and Marie Tillman’s “The Letter My Journey Through Love, Loss & Life.”



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