Thousands take part in 6th annual Pat's Run

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Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland
Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland
Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland
Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland
Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks. By Catherine Holland

TEMPE -- Thousands of people turned out Saturday for the 6th Annual Pat's Run in Tempe, honoring Pat Tillman, the Sun Devils and later Cardinals football player who gave up a promising NFL career to serve his country after the 9/11 attacks.

He died six years ago in Afghanistan, and quickly became symbol of national heroism, as well as a source of local pride.

Most of those who took part in today's event -- a 4.2 mile run or walk (Tillman was No. 42 when he played for the Cardinals.) -- say they'll be back next year.

"It was like the best feeling in the world," said one participant. "I would definitely do it again."

Proceeds from today's event benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Tempe wasn't the only city to host a Pat's Run today. Men and women in the armed forces held their own Pat's Run at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan.