I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Athletics played a big part in my childhood and teen years. I did track, gymnastics, and later taught low impact and aqua aerobics. But some of my fondest memories are from my afternoons spent with my buddies, playing football, soccer, baseball, basketball, and whatever else sounded like fun. We went out as soon as our homework was done, played until dinner time, and then begged to go back out until it was time for bed. My community, the Almaden Valley, was filled with young athletes eager go out and play hard. One of those young athletes was Pat Tillman. I'm sure you know his story, and I don't want to go into politics here. The purpose of this post is to let you know that there are two events held in his honor that take place each spring. Pat's Run is held in both Tempe, AZ, where Pat played football for ASU, and our hometown of San Jose, CA. Each event includes a 4.2 mile run for adults, as well as a .42 mile kids' run. This is a great family friendly event where everyone is a winner, and it honors his memory and the principles he lived and died for, so if you are in either area and want to try something that is sure to inspire you and your family, be sure to check it out. Look in the links section to learn more.
If April's a little too soon, there is also the Team Tillman Napa-Sonoma Half Marathon Challenge on July 19.
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