Pat's Run 42 in 40 Challenge

Pat’s Run Challenge Series

Join our annual three-event challenge to celebrate Pat Tillman’s legacy of service and leadership, supporting the impact of the Tillman Scholars. Our 2023 Challenge Series includes:

Pat Tillman Service Challenge

Aug. 12, 2023
Complete your service day between Aug. 12 and Aug. 26

Join us on August 12 for our national Pat Tillman Service Day! You can opt in during 42 in 40 Challenge registration — just commit to participating or planning a service project in your community. You can also buy optional shirts to wear on Service Day. They’ll be available for pre-order in late June.

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21-Day Wellness Challenge

Sept. 11 – Oct. 2, 2023

They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit — kickstart yours with PTF’s complimentary 21-Day Wellness Challenge with information and tools for promoting wellness for yourself and your community. For 21 days from Sept. 11 – Oct. 2, the Pat Tillman Foundation and Tillman Scholars will deliver to your inbox a daily dose of wellness drawn from neuroscience and kinesiology. This Wellness Challenge ends on Oct. 2, just in time to put what you’ve learned into practice during the 42 in 40 Challenge.

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Pat’s Run 42 in 40 Challenge

From Oct. 3 – Nov. 11 each year, run or walk 42 miles in 40 days to support Tillman Scholars, remarkable veterans and military spouses pursuing their education to make a positive impact in the world. Everyone who registers for 42 in 40 will get a commemorative t-shirt and medal.

Register by Sept. 12 to get your shirt and medal by the challenge’s start date of Oct. 3.

All proceeds fund scholarships and leadership development for more than 850 Tillman Scholars across the country.

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Fundraising and Referral Rewards

Refer Five Friends and Get $30 in PTF Swag

Want to get a $30 gift card to the PTF shop? Refer five friends to register using your unique code from RunSignUp! We’ll automatically track your referrals, and if you have five friends sign up using your unique code, we’ll send you a cool $30 to spend on whatever merchandise you’d like. We’ll send your gift card after Nov. 11.

Refer Your Friends

Raise $250 for PTF and Get a $50 PTF Gift Card

Fundraisers who raise $250 or more will receive a $50 Gift Card to shop for their favorite swag on the PTF Store and the option to have their event registration reimbursed!

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Interested in Sponsoring the Pat’s Run Challenge Series?

Your sponsorship of the Pat’s Run Challenge Series brings your brand to the forefront of the Pat Tillman Foundation’s engaged supporters and fans. Your investment benefits our scholars, while aligning your brand to an enthusiastic audience that celebrates our shared values, inspired by an eternally optimistic, curious, selfless young athlete who heard a calling to something greater and followed it with conviction. These events will keep you moving and benefit Tillman Scholars – remarkable military veterans and military spouses – who carry on Pat Tillman’s legacy of service and leadership.

Contact Grant Murphy at [email protected] to learn more!



Pat’s Run Challenge Series FAQ

What is the Pat’s Run Challenge Series?

The Pat’s Run Challenge Series is a three-event series that carries the passion and celebration of Pat Tillman’s life and legacy beyond Pat’s Run, throughout the rest of the year. This year’s event includes:

  • The Pat Tillman Service Challenge on Aug. 12, a free event where participants commit to an act of service or taking part in a service project
  • The 21-Day Wellness Challenge running from Sept. 11 to Oct. 2, a free virtual event in which Tillman Scholars will offer daily challenges designed to encourage healthy habits
  • The 42 in 40 Challenge, held Oct. 3 – Nov. 11, in which participants run, walk, hike, or wheel 42 miles in the 40 days leading up to Veterans Day.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up in one of two ways:

  1. If you want to register for the 42 in 40 Challenge, you can opt into both the service and wellness challenges
  2. If you don’t want to register for the 42 in 40 Challenge, you can sign up on the form near the top of this page

What swag will I get?

There is no swag included for the Pat Tillman Service Challenge or the 21-Day Wellness Challenge. You can order a Pat Tillman Service Challenge shirt for an additional fee to wear on your service day.

All participants in 42 in 40 will receive a performance t-shirt and a commemorative medal.

What are the deadlines to receive my materials by the event date?

If you’d like to order your Pat Tillman Service Challenge t-shirt to arrive before Aug. 12, please order yours by July 26, 2023. If you want to receive your 42 in 40 swag prior to the start of the challenge, please sign up by Sept. 12, 2023. After Sept. 12, we will continue to ship swag in the order it comes in, but we may not be able to guarantee arrival by Oct. 3.

I want to participate in the Pat Tillman Service Challenge, but I’m not available on Aug. 12 . Can I still participate?

That’s fine! We’re giving people a two-week window to share their Pat Tillman Service Challenge on social — just share what you did and your photo by Aug. 23 using the hashtag #PatServiceChallenge

I have more questions!

We can help! Just reach out to us at [email protected]. We cannot help with customer service questions on social media — you will be referred to the FAQ or to email us directly. Please note, we are a small staff, so we may need up to 48 hours to respond. 

About Tillman Scholars

The Pat’s Run Challenge Series supports our global community of more than 800 Tillman Scholars, who carry on Pat’s legacy through scholarship, service, humble leadership and impact. Through our mission, we unite and empower these remarkable service members, veterans and military spouses as they become the next generation of public and private sector leaders, strengthening their communities at home and around the world.

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