Pat's Run

Due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the latest public health recommendations, Pat’s Run will be going virtual this year. The Pat Tillman Foundation puts the safety of its runners, volunteers, staff and the community as its top priority, but still wants to continue the tradition. Even though we cannot all come together on April 18, the mission is still the same. For more details and updates, please visit The Pat Tillman Foundation page.

Pat's Run 2019

Nearly 30,000 members of the community, including a team organized by the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, gathered at the 15th Annual Pat's Run on Saturday, April 27, 2019, to honor Pat Tillman's life and legacy while raising more than $1 million to support the Tillman Scholar program. Read more about the run and see additional photos from last year's event.


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ASU alumni Jacob Gallaher

ASU alumni Jacob Gallaher, 32, holds his flag prior to the start of the annual Pat Tillman Run in Tempe, Ariz. on April 22nd, 2017. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASUNow

Sponsored by the Pat Tillman Foundation, Pat’s Run was created to honor the life and legacy of ASU alumnus Pat Tillman who lost his life while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. While a member of the ASU football team, Tillman proudly wore the number 42 football jersey.

The 4.2 mile run and .42 kids run attract more than 30,000 people each year. Proceeds directly benefit the Tillman Military Scholars, a program designed to support educational opportunities for servicemembers and military families by bridging the financial gaps left by the Post-9/11 GI Bill®.

The 4.2 mile course winds through the streets of Tempe and is staged so that all participants finish on the 42-yard line on Frank Kush Field inside Sun Devil Stadium.

In addition to the main run, chapters from the ASU Alumni Association participate in shadow runs across the United States. The shadow runs are community-oriented, casual affairs, commonly held at parks, schools and recreation areas.


"GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

ASU's Team 42 

Arizona State University’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center coordinates Team 42, members of the ASU veteran community who first participated in Pat’s Run on April 22, 2017. Members of Team 42 run in honor of an individual who reminds them of the spirit of Pat Tillman.

Watch the video below to hear from some of the members of 2017's Team 42, and check out the photo gallery to see this year's team preparing for the event. 

Pat Tillman Veterans Center - Team 42

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  • DT conversation

  • Signing Team 42 T-shirt

  • Steve Borden signing

  • Stack of 42 T-shirts

Pat's Run 2017

The 13th Annual Pat’s Run in Tempe, and at least 30 Shadow Runs nationwide, took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Read about the run and see more photos from the event.

Pat's Run 2016

Pat Tillman never ran from anything. In his honor, you can run for something. Pat’s Run is organized by the Pat Tillman Foundation. Check out these photos from the 12th Annual Pat's Run.

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Pat's Run Archive

Look through some of the best photos in Pat’s Run history. The run, walk and kid’s run, honoring ASU alum Pat Tillman and all that he lived for, now hosts more than 30,000 runners and walkers.