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There’s no end to the number of marathons, races and runs held every year in the Valley. This Saturday alone features three great running events, including the ever-popular Pat’s Run at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.
The 4.2-mile course that winds around the streets of Tempe and ends on the 42-yard line of the Sun Devil Stadium. It’s the signature fundraising event of the Pat Tillman Foundation, which invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships. The foundation is named after a man who gave up his spot on the Arizona Cardinals football team to serve with the Army Rangers. Tillman died in the line of duty in 2004.
“While Pat was here, he touched and impacted so many lives, both on and off the field and in the classroom. He led by example, and now his legacy lives on through our 460 Tillman Scholars, who are making their mark,” said Jill Walsh, the foundation’s communications manager. “This year, we will have 75 Tillman Scholars from all over the country participating in both Pat’s Run in Tempe as well as our 30-plus Tillman Honor Runs nationwide.”
4-part medal collector’s series
New this year to the run is a special finisher’s medal for every participant who completes the 4.2-mile run. It’s the first in a four-part collector’s series. Each of the medals will feature a theme. This year’s theme is camo, which can be seen on the ribbon. It matches the race shirts.
And for the first time, there will be a post-race party sponsored by Dog Tag Brewing, featuring beer and music. Participants who are over 21 can toast to Tillman and visit with Tillman Scholars.
Participants can also earn exclusive Tillman gear and prizes by raising funds for the foundation based on their run.
Details: 6 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe. $50 per person, $10 kids’ run (12 and under). pattillmanfoundation.org.
If nothing about running 3 miles sounds fun to you, you may change your mind when you hear about the Bubble Run at Goodyear Park.
Participants see who gets the most color on them from running through the colored bubble foam.
Four “bogs” are stationed every kilometer throughout the course. Participants run through the bogs that can reach four to seven feet high. Participants are not allowed to lay or sit in the bogs.
At the end of the course, get ready for free swag, DJs and an extra serious dose of foam from Bubble Foam Cannons. Everyone who finishes is a winner in this race.
Arrive 60 to 90 minutes before the race start time. Charitable partners for this year’s run include Sean’s Fund, Homeless Youth Connection and West Valley Child Crisis Center.
Details: 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. $50 per person, free for kids 4 and under. bubblerun.com.
Margarita Madness 5K Run/Walk
If you like to run, but you’re all about the party, the Margarita Madness 5K Run/Walk might be the event for you. This evening run takes place this Saturday at Camelback Ranch Park in Phoenix.
Registration includes a t-shirt, admission to the after-party (at the main stage), race bib and a margarita at the finish line.
The pre-party starts at 3 p.m. with a DJ, and the race starts at 5 p.m. The after-party includes music and food trucks for participants to nosh from.
Everyone who picks up their race packet on Friday will be entered into a raffle for two, 22-ounce margarita glasses with a choice of flavor and a Margarita Madness tank top.
For $20, Madness spectators can enjoy watching the energy of the race. They will also get two flavored margarita samples and entry into the after-party.
You must be 21 or older to register for this event.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22. Camelback Ranch Park, 10710 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. $55 per person, $70 day of race. margaritamadness5krun.com.
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