Three Special Olympians from the Rim Country held their own against more than 23,000 other runners in the Pat’s Run on Saturday, April 20 in Tempe.
Todd Poore, Payson Unified School District’s facilities manager and volunteer Special Olympic track coach, figured long-distance runners Teddy Hargrave, David Frohme and Adrianna Barnes would get some valuable practice by entering the Pat Tillman benefit run. Their success surprised and inspired him.
“They did really well and loved it,” said Poore.
Frohme finished the 4.2-mile race in a little over 35 minutes. Barnes and Hargrave finished in a little over 33 minutes each.
Seven other Rim Country residents, including Poore’s wife, a transportation aide and 70-year-old Special Olympics coach Mike Smith, ran along with the three Special Olympians to support their efforts.
All 10 Rim Country residents who went to support the Special Olympians said this should be an annual event.
“David talked up a storm about being patriotic and supporting the military,” said Poore.
The Pat Tillman race started after the Arizona Cardinals player volunteered for the military after 9/11. He died from friendly fire while on duty. His family and friends started the benefit race in his honor.
The race falls one week before the Special Olympic games in Phoenix.