The Pat Tillman Foundation has converted this year's Pat's Run, a 4.2-mile race scheduled for April 18 held in honor of Tillman, into a virtual race instead of hosting more than 20,000 runners in Tempe, Arizona.

The decision to change the race was made in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

"We are prioritizing the health and safety of our runners, volunteers, and staff and are responding to guidance from health and governmental officials," Dan Futrell, Pat Tillman Foundation CEO, said in a letter emailed to runners on Saturday morning.

Futrell explained in that letter that instead of congregating in Tempe, runners can run the length of the race individually from wherever they choose.

"This was a hard but necessary decision for our team, but we continue to be driven by the values, the community, and the mission that we've built over the last 15 years," Futrell said.