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Pitchfork strong at Pat's Run 2017

Check out photos from this year's Pat's Run in Tempe.
April 22, 2017

Thousands take part in community event to honor Sun Devil and soldier Pat Tillman, and the efforts of our military and veterans

Nearly 30,000 members of the community took part in the 2017 Pat's Run — the annual race honoring the legacy of Sun Devil and soldier Pat Tillman — in Tempe on Saturday, including a special group of 50 participants wearing shirts inscribed with the names of people who've served as inspiration in their lives.

The members of Team 42 got their shirts Friday evening and wrote the special names on them. Here, a handful of team members explain whose name they wrote and why.

Video by Ken Fagan/ASU Now

The annual race, which also honors all who've served and those who support them, is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides scholarships for veterans and their spouses.

A number of shadow runs around the U.S. in late April accompany the event, which traverses 4.2 miles in Tempe — symbolizing Tillman's No. 42 jersey as a member of the Arizona State University football team from 1994-97. He went on to play with the Arizona Cardinals, leaving his NFL career after 9/11 to join the U.S. Army. The events commemorate the day Tillman died in 2004 in Afghanistan serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment.

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center also honors Tillman's legacy, providing a number of veteran support resources. It has locations on the Tempe, Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic, West and Lake Havasu City campuses, as well as an ASU Online component. For more information about the center’s services, click here.

Explore the fun and activities from this year's Pat's Run in Tempe in the slideshow below.

Top photo: One runner flashes a pitchfork at the crowd as runners take off from the start of the 2017 Pat's Run on Saturday in Tempe. Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU Now

ASU entrepreneurship students to host Valley arts showcase and networking event

'No Vacancy' will be held Sunday, April 30, at the FOUND:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix

April 24, 2017

Entrepreneurs within the arts will have the opportunity to engage with Valley artists during the one-night immersive event “No Vacancy.”

Herberger Arts and Design Entrepreneurship Students (HADES) designed the event as part of their work at ASU in entrepreneurial professional development through peer-to-peer mentoring, workshops and interaction. The FOUND:RE Hotel “No Vacancy” will be held Sunday, April 30, at the FOUND:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix. Photo by The R2 Studio Download Full Image

“We value entrepreneurial thinking within the arts and hope that ‘No Vacancy’ will cultivate lasting relationships and opportunities for collaboration with local artists and members of the community,” said Nichole Perlberg, HADES president and a student studying performance and movement in ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

HADES has partnered with local artists and with the FOUND:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix to produce the event, which offers a unique opportunity to experience art with the artist present.  

The interactive event features local art and artists in the fields of dance, music, spoken word, contemporary fine arts and performance. Artists include Dom Root (Dominique Flagg), H/\rvey (Meghan Harvey), Desert Rain (Rain Locker), YNOT (Anthony DeNaro), CONDER/dance (Carley Conder) and KAYUN (Carol Wong). Each artist has curated his or her own show within the hotel space. Guests will be led on a tour in small groups through a sequence of spaces including a poolside studio, an outdoor pool area featuring performance and live music and three hotel rooms. 

“This will allow the community to experience a more comprehensive creative process that they would not typically find in a museum or art show,” said Emily Ruff, an undergraduate art history student and HADES member. “After touring, we invite guests to stay, ask questions and become acquainted with some of the astounding artistic talent that exists within the metropolitan Phoenix area.”

The hotel will be providing access to a full-service bar and invites guests to experience globally inspired cuisine at their restaurant, Match.

Other sponsors that helped HADES create and produce “No Vacancy” include Blackhawk Wealth Management, Galvinize and Nuebox.

“No Vacancy” will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the FOUND:RE Hotel. Tickets may be purchased online at For more information and biographies of participating artists, visit the “No Vacancy” Facebook and Instagram pages.

The FOUND:RE Hotel is located at 1100 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix with direct access from the light rail. Ridesharing or public transportation is encouraged as parking will be limited. The event is for age 18 and older.

Sarah A. McCarty

Marketing and communications coordinator, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts