The San Jose Sharks are proud to announce a partnership with the Arizona-based Pat Tillman Foundation to sponsor a 4.2 mile run and walk for Bay Area residents on April 30. The event is open to people of all ages, with a special 0.42 mile kid’s fun run for boys and girls 8-years-old and younger.
Tillman, a native of San Jose, attended Leland High School and played football before he went on to attend Arizona State University. There, he played defense for three and half years, graduating with a 3.97 grade-point average, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. He gave up his multi-million dollar contract to serve as a U.S. Army Ranger following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, joining them in July 2002. Tillman was killed in an ambush in eastern Afghanistan on April 22, 2004
Tempe, Ariz. hosted the Pat Tillman inaugural run last year with a turnout of nearly 6,000 runners, raising more than $150,000. The event spreads to San Jose this year with an expected 5,000 runners coming to Leland High School for the event. The race will begin on Via Valiente in Almaden and culminate on the 42-yard line of Pat Tillman Stadium at Leland High School. All distances commemorate the number 42 – the number Tillman wore playing football through high school and college.
Registration for the even begins at 6:30 a.m. on April 30, with the 4.2 mile run/walk beginning at 8:00 a.m. The kids’ 0.42 mile race will begin at 9:45 a.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. which includes refreshments and entertainment. The San Jose Sharks, as the presenting sponsor, join with KBAY 94.5 FM and KZER Mix 106.5 FM to bring this event commemorating the native hero to the Bay Area.
Public service announcements hosted by Sharks players Patrick Marleau
, Joe Thornton
and Scott Parker will be shown during the April 15 and April 17 Sharks games to inform fans about the event. There will also be a table set up on the concourse during the next two Sharks games. Registration forms and Pat Tillman Foundation information will be provided in the luxury suites and at the Sharks Foundation booth. Many of the players’ spouses and girlfriends will take part in the event, both volunteering and racing.
All money raised by the event will stay in San Jose and be applied to the Pat Tillman leadership curriculum at Leland High School.
The Pat Tillman Foundation was created by Tillman’s family following his death. The foundation seeks to continue the legacy of Tillman’s passion and leadership skills by encouraging the development of young people’s drive to change themselves and the world around them.