With the ninth annual Pat's Run scheduled for Saturday, just days after the tragic events at the Boston Marathon, security for the 4.2-mile run in Tempe has become a much-talked-about issue.
The Pat Tillman Foundation, which puts on the event that draws tens of thousands of people each year, issued a statement Tuesday on updated protocols, with the takeaway being that no bags or backpacks will be allowed at the event. While that undoubtedly represents an inconvenience for runners and observers, organizers said safety is at the forefront of priorities, particularly this year.
The full statement reads as follows:
The Pat Tillman Foundation continues to work closely with the City of Tempe and Tempe Police, Arizona State University, Arizona State University Police Department and additional security to ensure the safety of all our participants at this weekends 9th Annual Pats Run. Our protocols are being constantly reviewed and modified as needed to ensure the safety of all in attend...