TEMPE, Ariz. -- More than 1,800 people have registered for a
4.2-mile race next month to honor former Arizona State linebacker
and Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman, the race's director said.
"People are really excited about it," said race founder and
director Perry Edinger, a spinal care specialist at Scottsdale
Rehab Institute who was Arizona State's head trainer when Tillman played for
the Sun Devils. "I wanted to find a way to remember him that would
get people up and moving. It just gives people a chance to get
together, have fun and share stories about Pat."
Edinger estimated that more than 8,000 people will participate
in "Pat's Run," which will be held April 15 on a 4.2-mile course
that will finish at the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium. Tillman
wore No. 42 as a Sun Devil, earning the Pac-10 Defensive Player of
the Year award in 1997, before switching to No. 40 during his four
years with the Cardinals.
The race entry fee is $25, with proceeds going to the Pat
Tillman Foundation, which has endowed scholarships at Arizona
State. A .42-mile kids' run is free. Registration is available
online at www.patsrun.com.
Last year, the inaugural race raised more than $225,000, Edinger
said. The race was so popular that organizers have added one April
30 in San Jose, Tillman's hometown.
The 27-year-old Tillman died on April 22, 2004, in a friendly
fire incident during combat operations in Afghanistan. He walked
away from a $3.6 million NFL contract to volunteer for the Army
Rangers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.