Purple Community 5K

Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K

Unfortunately we will be canceling this event due to growing concerns about the COVID-19 virus. This was not an easy decision, but the health and safety of the public and our employees must be our top priority. Thank you again for your time and understanding.

Join Van Andel Institute for the sixth annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Mary Free Bed YMCA! 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit cancer, Parkinson’s and other disease research at Van Andel Institute.

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Event details

What: 5K Run/Walk

When: Saturday, April 25, 2020

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk

Where: Mary Free Bed YMCA

Click here to download a course map!

Important dates & times

January 17 – April 24 General registration period

April 25 | 6:30 – 7:45 a.m. Late registration and packet pick-up (Mary Free Bed YMCA). Please note, shirts and sizes are NOT guaranteed for participants who register after Monday, April 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Race Day Agenda
6:30 a.m.
Packet pick-up and late registration begins

7:45 a.m.
Late registration and packet pick up closes
*participants please move outside

7:50 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks – Maranda, Lynne Jarman-Johnson
Top Fundraisers Announced
National Anthem

8:00 a.m.
5K starts – Runners to the FRONT; Walkers to the BACK

8:50 a.m.
Awards for Top Finishers Distributed as Runners Finish

9:30 a.m.
Event Concludes

Fundraise for Van Andel Institute

You may consider taking your participation to the next level, by pledge walking or running in honor or in memory of the people in your life that have been touched by cancer, Parkinson’s or other diseases.

Every single dollar raised goes directly to support biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute. Getting started is easy! Your fundraising page will be automatically set up for you after you complete your registration process. We also have lots of great tips and resources available to assist you in your fundraising efforts, and lots of fun incentive items!

Setting up your page is simple! Your fundraising page will be automatically set up for you after you complete your registration process.

If you would like to track your pledges offline, click here to download a pledge tracking form.

Jumpstart your fundraising with these helpful tips and ideas.

Need help coming up with language? Try using these samples to get you started!

Fundraising incentive levels:

Click here to view incentive benefits.


The Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K would not happen without wonderful volunteers! Volunteers are needed in many different aspects of the event such as setting up the course, registering participants, checking in participants and clean up.



Contact Ashley Owen, Senior Event Coordinator, at ashley.owen@vai.org or 616.234.5390, or view our FAQs below.

Frequently asked questions

When is the Purple Community 5K?
Saturday, April 25, 2020

Where is the Purple Community 5K?
Mary Free Bed YMCA

How much is the registration fee?
Registration fees vary by participation type. To compare options view the “event details” section.

Is my registration fee tax-deductible?
No, your registration fee helps defray the costs of producing the event and is not considered tax-deductible. However, any amount that you choose to donate above the entry fee is tax-deductible.

How can I register?
Click here to register for the 5K.

How long is the race?
The 5K route is 3.1 miles. You may choose to walk or run. If you are unable to walk or run, you can still register and join us on race day. We are always looking for people to cheer on our runners and walkers.

How can I become a volunteer? 
The success of the Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K depends heavily on the support we receive from our volunteers in the months leading up to the event and on race day. There are many ways you can get involved. Click here for role descriptions to find out where you may best fit!

Are pets and strollers allowed at the event?
Pets are prohibited from the event, but strollers are permitted.

What happens if it rains?
We reserve the right to cancel or change the date or location of the Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K in its sole discretion, including in the circumstance of extreme weather. It is likely, however, that the event will happen rain or shine. Please plan and dress accordingly.

Fundraising FAQ

Having trouble setting up or managing your fundraising page?
Contact our support team at purplecommunity@vai.org.

Does the Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K require fundraising?
You are not required to fundraise, but we do encourage all participants to fundraise above the entry fee. Every dollar raised makes a difference for people with diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s. 100% of all donations goes directly towards biomedical research and science education at Van Andel Institute to improving the health and change the lives of current and future generations.

Where do I send donations?
Please mail donations to:
Van Andel Institute
Attn: Purple Community 5K
333 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

You can also make donations or set up your personal fundraising page online. Your fundraising page will be automatically set up for you after you complete the registration process.

Is there a deadline for fundraising?
You have up until April 25 (race day) to secure top fundraising incentive prizes. All other prizes can still be earned through the end of May 2020.

Team FAQ

How do I form a team?
You can set up a team by visiting our registration page.

One of my team members registered as an individual when they meant to join my team. How do they correct this?
Please contact our team at purplecommunity@vai.org to get this corrected.

Can donations made to a team be split or shared among team members?
We are unable to split or transfer donations between individual and team accounts.

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Pace Sponsors
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