Sun Devils support Pat's Run with 30 shadow runs across US

March 22, 2013

Arizona State University alumni around the country will honor the legacy of former Arizona State and Arizona Cardinals football player Pat Tillman through a series of "shadow runs" across the United States in conjunction with the popular Pat’s Run set to take place April 20 in Tempe, Ariz.

The 4.2-mile run/walk, which last year drew more than 35,000 people in Tempe, is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation, which was formed after Tillman’s death in 2004. Proceeds from Pat’s Run support the organization’s Tillman Military Scholars program, which supports active and veteran military servicemembers and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. Pat's Run 2012 - Los Angeles Chapter Shadow Run Download Full Image

In addition to the main race, this year 30 local chapters of the ASU Alumni Association will host shadow runs. The shadow runs are community-oriented, casual affairs, commonly held at parks, schools and recreation areas. The runs have grown from 150 runners participating in eight cities in 2009 to 1,174 runners participating in 25 cities last year.

Jen Bergmark, who coordinates the shadow run for ASU’s Los Angeles alumni chapter, noted that the group will be hosting its fifth run at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Around 75 runners participated last year. The chapter has brought in former teammates of Tillman to speak to runners about his legacy, as well as students involved in the Tillman Military Scholars program.

“We selected the Rose Bowl as our shadow run location because it is where Pat Tillman once played in the historic bowl game as a Sun Devil football player,” Bergman said. “I think our participants come to the run for the same reason we as a chapter organize the run: to keep Pat's memory alive. He was an extraordinary person and being part of an event that spreads his message of giving back is important.”

To view a complete list of cities hosting shadow runs in conjunction with Pat’s Run, go to Additional information on the ASU Alumni Association’s participation in the main race in Tempe, visit

Sun Devil Athletics announces Fan Fest contests

March 22, 2013

In conjunction with the 2013 Sun Devil Football Fan Fest presented by MidFirst Bank, Sun Devil Athletics will host a number of contests over the next three weeks for Sun Devil Nation. Fans have the opportunity to win prizes prior to Fan Fest and on the day of the event.

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Enter to win a trip for two to watch the Sun Devils take on the Fighting Irish, Oct. 5, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The travel package includes hotel, airfare and tickets for two to the game. The winner will be announced at Fan Fest and you MUST be in attendance in order to claim your prize. Remember Sun Devil fans, unless you are a Football Season Ticket Holder this is the only way to get tickets for the ASU vs. Notre Dame game! 

Contest rules | Enter Here

Be The Media

Do you watch the Sun Devils with your cell phone, iPad, and laptop in close reach? Have you built your own Sun Devil following in your social media community? Do your friends and family call you for the latest Sun Devil news? If this sounds like you or someone you know, nominate them here. Ten diehard Sun Devils will receive an all-access experience during Fan Fest that includes a behind-the-scenes tour of Sun Devil Stadium, an on-field experience, VIP access for photo opportunities, the chance to sit and report from press row, and much more. Submissions and nominations will be taken from March 22 until 5 p.m., PST, April 3.

Contest Rules | Enter Here

Are you a PINdevil?

Addicted to Pinterest and all things ASU? This contest is for you.  Showcase it in our Pin it to Win it contest and you can win big! One ‘Best Overall’ board will receive the grand prize: Ultimate Sparky Tailgater Kit, an optional spot in the Ultimate Tailgate Cook-Off, and a gift card. Three ‘Best of the Rest’ boards will receive additional Sun Devil prizes including tailgating tools, gift cards, and much more. You do not have to attend Fan Fest to win.  This contest will run from March 22 unti 5 p.m., PST, April 5.

Contest Rules | The official Arizona State Sun Devils Pinterest page.

Ultimate Tailgate Cook-Off

Do you wear the hat of the grill master? Or maybe you make the best chili this side of the Mississippi River. If so, prove it in the Ultimate Tailgate Cook-Off contest. From 9 to 10:30 a.m. during Fan Fest contestants will cook up their best tailgating dish for a panel of celebrity Sun Devil judges.  We’re giving away trophies and gift cards to first, second, and third place! Get cookin’ Sun Devils!

If you are interested in participating please contact Freddy Tuggle by noon, April 3.  Please be advised space is limited, so you are encouraged to enter early.

Tweet Your Seat

Sun Devil Fans can win Sun Devil swag, signed helmets, Sparky Bucks and much more during Fan Fest by tweeting a picture of you and your seat number. If you’re not sure how to Tweet Your Seat, check out this video from Sparky’s Tweeps! Don’t forget to make sure you are following and tweeting the official account @TheSunDevils.

Check back with over the next three weeks for more details on additional activities, contests and more.

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute