Pat's Run Scheduled For April 16

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When registering online for Pat's Run, I was aligned in the ancient person Clydesdale division. Being in that group, I'll probably be timed with a calendar rather than a stop watch.

But that bit of humility is not going to dampen my enthusiasm for the run April 16 in Tempe.

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Former ASU football player Pat Tillman was killed April 22, 2004 while fighting for his country.

The inaugural event is being held in memory of former Arizona State University and Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman.

The run will be 4.2 miles in length because Pat wore the No. 42 at ASU. The race will finish at the 42-yard line on Frank Kush Field inside Sun Devil Stadium.

A special run of .42 miles will be held for children 8 years of age and under.

Already entered in the race is a group of National Football League players' wives who have united to organize "Race for Pat" -- a charity event to honor Tillman. Sally Gardocki, whose husband plays for the Steelers, spearheaded the event.

The Race for Pat is a pledge to run in mile/time increments. All monies raised through the pledges benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation. Some NFL players are expected to join their wives in the run. The group's goal is to cross the finish line together, in Pat's honor.

The members of Race for Pat are inviting everyone to help keep the memory of Pat Tillman and all soldiers alive.

The Pat Tillman Foundation was founded following his death April 22, 2004 while fighting for his country. His widow, Marie, said the foundation was created "to honor Pat's memory and carry forward his legacy.

"Our goal is to inspire and support others that live their lives with a similar spirit and strive for positive change. Like Pat, the Foundation bearing his name is deliberate in developing planned courses of action and will focus its initial efforts on educating America's next generation of leaders with the ethical foundation and critical-thinking skills they need to drive positive change in themselves and their communities."

Online registration for the run can be completed by logging on to www.patsrun.com/raceday.htm.

The online fee is $22.50.

Teeing off

The Payson Men's Golf Association, Payson Women's Golf Association 18-hole group and the PWGA 9-hole membership are gearing up for the spring, summer and fall campaigns.

All three associations are inviting new members.

The PWGA 18-holers will open the season 9 a.m. Tuesday at Mad Dawg's and Mel's restaurant on Main Street with a buffet breakfast.

Local players interested in joining the PWGA are invited to attend the breakfast. Call Joyce Goff, (928) 474-4638, for more information.

The Lady Niners will play their first tournament April 7 at Payson Golf Course. Tee time is 9 a.m.

Those interested in becoming a Niner can call (928) 472-8772 or (928) 474-8772.

Any players interested in joining the PMGA should call Dick Ceyler at (928) 468-0933.

Take a swing at hunger

The "Teeing Up For Hunger" fourth annual golf tournament tees off with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. April 30 at Payson Golf Course. About 100 players are expected to participate in the four-person scramble.

The tournament proceeds benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society food bank that last year gave out more than 4,000 boxes of food to Payson's needy.

This year, the tournament will feature two hole-in-one prizes -- a 2005 Ford Explorer sponsored by Phil White Ford and a $10,000 cash award from Amon Builders.

Other prizes include weekend getaways and a set of irons. Tournament slots are open for both players and hole sponsors.

To participate, or for more information, call Richard Roy at (928) 474-9559, or Joe Gasiel at (928) 472-9688.

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