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Calling All SUPERHEROES!
Grab your capes and join fellow athletes, fun-runners, first responders, and Multiple Sclerosis Warriors at the annual Patrick Taylor Memorial. This "superhero" themed wheel, walk, run steps off Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona. (5K and or 1 mile option. This event will be timed- 5k will be chipped.) Dogs and kiddos welcome! Get ready for Superhero activities, live music and a historic opening cermony! Wait it gets better... The Tucson Firefighter Chili Cook-Off is happening at our finish line! Refuel with chili and refreshments and spend the afternoon enjoying live music, kid zones and an adult Halloween costume contest! We are so pumped to host our 5K inside their event!
Day of Timeline
Registration: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies: 9:30 AM The Run Steps off at 10:00 AM
After the run stay for The Tucson Firefighter Chili Cook-Off happening at our finish line! Highlights include:
Grab your crew and sign up your superhero squad today! We will award prizes for the following:
**All of the event proceeds benefit the Tucson Fire Fighter Charities, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and The Greater Purpose Project 501 (c)(3).**
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.Questions?
Meet Patrick Taylor
We remember Patrick Taylor as a father, husband, firefighter and Multiple Sclerosis Warrior whose super powers include transforming pain into a greater purpose of helping others. Pat's career in the fire service began in his hometown of Canton, Ohio. While there, Canton's Mayor awarded for saving the life of a young boy whose home was swallowed in flames. Patrick was delighted to ditch the snow for sunshine when he moved to Arizona to continue his career. While in Tucson, Pat worked for Golder Ranch and Drexel Heights fire departments. After retiring from the fire service, Pat was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis but he never let the disease slow him down. Pat began training for the Paralympics and rode 15 miles in his wheelchair on his way to the gym. During those workouts, Pat stopped by charity drives along the way and donated whatever item he could carry on his lap. That's when Patrick met Lauren Burgoyne, a Tucson, news reporter who was inspired by Patrick's story of transforming pain into a Greater Purpose of helping others. The two became instant friends and shared a passion for exalting the stories of real-life superheroes. Patrick and Lauren set out on a mission to connect people to their Greater Purpose of serving their local and global communities, and the nonprofit, The Greater Purpose Project was born. We lost Patrick in 2015 but his legacy lives on in The Greater Purpose Project 501 (c) (3) organization.
Last year, The Greater Purpose Project School Heroes Program engaged more than 1700 students in Greater Purpose Projects!
The Greater Purpose Project is proud to join forces with The Tucson Fire Fighter Charities in hosting this SUPERHERO-LICIOUS family-fun event! After working up an appetite at the 4th annual Patrick Taylor Memorial (Superhero FUN RUN) - refuel at the 24th annual Tucson Firefighter Chili Cook-off conveniently located at our finish line! Come hungry and stay all day! Devour endless chili while enjoying epic entertainment, live bands, kids' zone, themed chili competition, costume contest and more!
Wait it gets better! Please note that by attending this event you're supporting the missions of three impactful charities that count on donations like yours to thrive. This event benefits The Tucson Fire Fighter Charities, The Greater Purpose Project and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
About The Tucson Firefighter Charities: The TFFC's annual Adopt a Family Program provides food boxes, clothing, toys and other necessities to thousands of families during the holiday season. In 2019, Tucson Fire Fighter Charities broadened its scope by designating funds to Fire Science and EMT scholarships. Click Here to learn more.
About The Greater Purpose Project: The Greater Purpose Project School Heroes Program inspires students (kindergarten - high school) to discover their inner superhero of helping others. The Greater Purpose Project works closely with schools (prioritizing at- risk and low income populations) to create a student- lead service project that benefits a local or global cause. Last year The Greater Purpose Project engaged more than 1700 Arizona students in Greater Purpose Projects. Click Here to learn more.
About the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: The Multiple Sclerosis foundation exists to support the lives of people living with Multiple Sclerosis. The MS Foundation provides programs that support the health (physical, emotional, mental) and well-being of MS patients. Additionally, the MS Foundation acts as a support to caretakers and family members indirectly affected by the disease. Click Here to learn more.
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