Gusty winds, possible rain won't stop Pat's Run

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by April Warnecke and Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 6:43 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mother Nature is not offering her spring best for the 10th anniversary Pat's Run in Tempe, but the motto of this year's event -- never stop -- will hold true.

Pat's Run is Saturday, April 26, 7 a.m.-11 a.m., and it will go on rain or shine. Rain is a possibility, but the bigger concern is the winds. The weather front that is heading our way from the west is bringing some cold air.

We are looking at a high of just 73 Saturday, nearly 20 degrees cooler than Friday's forecast high of 91, and gusty winds that are expected to be in the 20- to 30-mph range.

3TV meteorologist April Warnecke put rain chances at 30 to 40 percent, but it should not be a downpour.

"It's probably going to be brief and fairly light showers if they do begin to move through the Valley," she said.

There also is a chances for thunderstorms later in the day.

Pat's Run organizers are preparing for the coming wind by anchoring the tents set up at Sun Devil Stadium with water barrels and sand bags.

The Pat's Run Expo and Kids Corner open at 6 a.m. The wheelchair start is at 7 a.m. The main 4.2-mile race starts at 7:05 a.m. The 0.42-mile kids' run is at 9:45 a.m.

Volunteers will be on hand at the stadium Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., to make sure participants get their packets. Runners must get their packets by 6 p.m. Friday; there is no race-day registration.

Nearly 35,000 racers, volunteers and spectators are expected to attend the annual run, which supports the Pat Tillman Foundation and the Tillman Military Scholars program. Pat's Run is the foundation's signature event.

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