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Pat's Run To Take Place Saturday In Tempe And All Over The U.S.

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Pat Tillman

This Saturday, 28,000 people will show up at Arizona State University to run a race that honors Pat Tillman, the professional football player and ASU grad killed by friendly fire. Pat’s Run now has participants all over the country.

The race started more than a decade ago in Tillman’s memory. He left the Arizona Cardinals, and walked away from a multi-million-dollar contract to enlist in the US Army months after September 11th. He died in 2004 in Afghanistan, in an incident that was eventually deemed friendly fire.

Pat’s Run covers 4.2 miles to commemorate the number Tillman he wore as an ASU Sun Devil — 42. In the last few years, the race has branched out to more than 30 cities across the country, from San Francisco to Salt Lake City, Houston to Honolulu. Pat’s Run raises money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which works to bridge the financial gaps in the GI Bill by giving scholarships to veterans or their family members.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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