Mother, Daughters Participate In Pat's Run


Although Carolyn Fruth claims she's not in tiptop long-distance running shape, the 43-year-old mother of two sizzled over the Pat's Run course.

In the annual event, which was held April 19 in Tempe near the campus of Arizona State University, Fruth turned in a clocking the finest of athletes would take pride in -- 31:49 on a 4.2-mile course.


Jordyn Fruth (left), an eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School, and her sister, Caitlin, a freshman at ASU, were among the athletes who participated in Pat's Run.

Her effort earned her a seventh-place division finish, 56th among the women runners and 516th in the field of more than 17,000 participants including some of the state's best athletes.

In the 2005 Pat's Run, Fruth was fourth in 31:11.

Fruth's daughters, Caitlin and Jordyn also competed in Saturday's event.

Caitlin, a freshman at ASU, was clocked in 43:10 and Jordyn, an eighth-grader at Rim Country Middle School, was timed in 41:34.

The run is held each year in honor of former Arizona Cardinals and ASU football player Pat Tillman, who wore No. 42 while playing for ASU.

Tillman was killed April 22, 2004 while serving in the Army in Afghanistan.

His death prompted then-race director Terry Eddinger, who helped train Tillman for a marathon, to found Pat's Run.

Thousands of runners and walkers participated in the race that began at north entrance of Sun Devil Stadium on the ASU campus and ended on the 42-yard line of Frank Kush field. As the exhausted, sweaty runners entered the stadium they could see their images projected on the Jumbo Tron screen at the opposite end of the stadium. ASU football players were also on hand to greet the participants as they crossed the finish line.


Carolyn Fruth (2527) finished seventh in her age division and 56th among the women runners who participated in Pat's Run Saturday in Tempe.

Outside Sun Devil Stadium, the runners joined friends and family for a huge post-race celebration that included a live band, food booths, giveaways and games.

Proceeds from the run benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation and its youth leadership programs which promote positive action to benefit the community.

A Pat's Run is also held annually in Tillman's hometown of San Jose, Ca.

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