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Thursday, 03 March 2016 17:12

THE SAN JOSE 408K CELEBRATES FIVE-YEARS OF LOCAL CULTURE PAT TILLMAN FOUNDATION, MARIACHI MILE, & JOE BELL MEMORIAL RETURN

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San Jose, Calif. -- 3/1/16 – The San Jose 408k “Race to the Row” Benefitting the Pat Tillman Foundation celebrates its 5th annual running this Sunday, March 6th.  From start to finish, the 8k run/walk has quickly become the most authentically local running events in the area.

“When we started this race five-years ago our goal was to create a big event that highlighted the diverse culture and lifestyle in San Jose, while also benefiting a community connected cause. Half a decade later, I think we’ve done just that,” said J.T. Service, San Jose 408k race founder. 

That guiding mission came from early race staples such as the Mariachi Mile, and using low-rider cars for lead vehicles on course, to the single most memorable moment in the race’s history – WWII Army vet Joe Bell cheering on the runners as they passed by his house which turned into a national story.

Mr. Bell’s passing prior to the 2015 event lead to Service to founding the Joe Bell Memorial Mile, a section of the course dedicated to honoring United States service members and now expanded to included all first responders.

The Memorial Mile will be located during the 4th mile of 8k run. It will begin at Garden and Emory St. near the San Jose Rose Garden and continue down Emory to Bascom Ave. Veterans and active military groups or individuals interested in participating are encouraged to contact race organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All participants receive a shark themed finishers medal, exclusive Cukui designed participant shirt provided by Under Armour and an outpouring of love from the people of San Jose. 

To register or to receive more information on the Memorial Mile and San Jose 408k “Race to the Row” please visit www.run408k.com.

San Jose 408k Highlights 

-      -  5th Annual Event & Largest Expected Field

-      - Pat Tillman Foundation Charity Partnership

-       - Joe Bell Memorial Mile

-       - The Mariachi Mile

-      -  Low-rider lead vehicles from Blvd Bombs and decorated bikes from San Jose Bike Party

-       - Post-Race Celebration and finish line at Santana Row

 

About the San Jose 408k Race to the Row

The San Jose 408k “Race to the Row” is an 8k run from SAP Center in San Jose to Santana Row. The 5th Annual event expects over 6,000 local runners, celebrate the Pat Tillman Foundation as it’s Official Charity, and calls San Jose home. On the course runners enjoy the Sounds of San Jose with local radio stations, the Joe Bell Memorial Mile, and final Mariachi Mile with live Mariachi bands. The 408k is part of a Bay Area wide series called the Run the Bay Challenge including the Across the Bay 12k and the The East Bay 5k & 510k.  More info at www.run408k.comand www.representrunning.com

About the Pat Tillman Foundation

Family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004, following Tillman’s death while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Created to honor his legacy and pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service, the Pat Tillman Foundation is a national leader in providing educational support and resources to veterans, active service members and their spouses. Inspired by Tillman’s attributes of leadership, passion for education and spirit of service, the Foundation annually awards educational scholarships through the Tillman Military Scholars program. To date, the Pat Tillman Foundation has invested more than $4 million in educational resources to support individuals committed to a life of service both in and out of uniform. The 2016 Tillman Military Scholar online application is now open. Information on how to apply as well as a link to the online application can be found pattillmanfoundation.org.
 

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