Feb. 28, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Pat Tillman Foundation today announced that Arizona State University head football coach Todd Graham will serve as the official starter for the 9th Annual Pat's Run on Saturday, April 20, 2013. Additionally, Sun Devil senior defensive end Will Sutton, the 2012 Pacific 12 Conference Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year, will serve as the official starter for the Kids Run.
Pat's Run is a 4.2-mile walk/run honoring the legacy of former Sun Devil Pat Tillman and is the signature fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation. The event starts just east of Sun Devil Stadium and winds through the streets of Tempe, before finishing on the 42-yard line of Frank Kush Field, symbolic of the number 42 jersey Tillman wore at ASU. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tillman Military Scholars program.
Pat's Run Kids Run is a .42-mile walk/run for children 12 years of age and younger and also finishes on the 42-yard line inside Sun Devil Stadium.
Graham was hired as ASU's 23rd football coach in December 2011 and he led the Sun Devils to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in his first season at the helm of the program, finishing 8-5, including a 62-28 win over Navy in the bowl.
Sutton was ASU's 18th consensus All-America player and the first since 2007. He was the fifth Sun Devil to win the conference's defensive player of the year, including Tillman, who earned the honor in 1997.
"Coach Graham has been very active in promoting Pat's football legacy at ASU and also supportive of the foundation's efforts to invest in Tillman Military Scholars nationwide. Will shares Pat's passion for football and dedication to education. I can't think of two more perfect people to help us celebrate the 9th Annual Pat's Run," said Marie Tillman, president and co-founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation.
More than 35,000 participants, volunteers and spectators from every state in the nation will gather to Run, Walk and Honor Pat's legacy at the event. Pat's Run begins at 7:05 a.m., with the Kids Run starting at 9:45 a.m. Registration for Pat's Run is $42. The Kids Run is entry fee is $5 through April 12 and $10 during race week, April 17-20. Space is limited and registration is open at www.patsrun.com.
All participants receive an official Pat's Run t-shirt and access to the race expo. The event also includes a Kids Corner for children 12 and younger. The Kids Zone will include games and activities, appearances by local sports mascots and members of the Sun Devil football team.