Race in Tillman's honor raises $350K

Updated: April 15, 2006, 11:16 PM ET
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer was one of more than 8,000 people who participated in the 4.2-mile "Pat's Run" Saturday, raising $350,000 for the foundation established to honor Pat Tillman's memory.

The race finished at the 42-yard line of Sun Devil Stadium, where Tillman wore No. 42 as a Sun Devils linebacker. He also played in the stadium as defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, wearing No. 40.

Plummer was joined by Grey Ruegamer, Derek Smith, Steve Bush and Juan Roque, all of whom played on the 1996 Rose Bowl team with Tillman.

"It was great to have Jake and so many of those players who were part of those teams with Pat," race director Perry Edinger said.

The 27-year-old Tillman died on April 22, 2004, in a friendly fire accident in Afghanistan that is still being investigated. He walked away from a $3.6 million NFL contract to volunteer for the Army Rangers after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The race raised $100,000 more than last year's inaugural event. Proceeds go to the Pat Tillman Foundation, which funds the Leadership Through Action program at Arizona State. Edinger has organized a similar run set for April 30 in San Jose, Tillman's hometown.

Pat Frascone, 27, won the race in 20 minutes, 43 seconds.

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