Purple Community 5K

This event has passed. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Purple Community!

Join us for the third annual Purple Community 5K, powered by Consumers Credit Union, on Saturday, April 29, 2017! 100 percent of the proceeds from this event will benefit cancer and neurodegenerative disease research at Van Andel Institute.

Event details

What: 5K Run/Walk and Fun Run

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. – Fun Run, 8:05 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk

Where: Mary Free Bed YMCA 

Click here to download a course map!



Important dates & times

Now – April 28 General registration period

April 27 | 5:00 p.m. Online registration closes

April 28 | 4-7:00 p.m. Onsite registration and packet pick-up (Mary Free Bed YMCA)

April 29 | 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 17 at 5:00 p.m.

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! When you register, you will automatically be taken to CrowdRise to set up a personalized fundraising page. We have lots of great tips and resources available as well, to assist you in your fundraising efforts, and lots of fun incentive items!

The best part? Every person that raises AT LEAST $100 will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Echo Dot, generously donated by our friends at Consumers Credit Union!

Setting up your page is simple! Just follow the steps for CrowdRise when you are prompted after registering for the race through EventBrite. Or you can go here to set up your individual or team fundraising page: crowdrise.com/PurpleCommunity5K2017

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! 

Additional incentives and prizes for fundraising include:

fundraising benefits chart















The 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. Click here for role descriptions to find out where you may best fit!  


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?
2018 information coming soon!

Where is the Purple Community 5K?
2018 information coming soon!

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?
2018 information coming soon!

How long is the race?
The Purple Community 5K route is 3.2 miles. There is also a shorter route option for the Fun Run should you prefer a shorter distance. You may choose to walk or run either route. 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 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 pet 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 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 CrowdRise Fundraising Page?
Contact their customer support at Quintas@crowdrise.com or 248.291.6897.

Does the 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 by clicking here.

Is there a deadline for fundraising?
2018 information coming soon!

Team FAQ

How do I form a team?
You can set up a team by going to our CrowdRise page.

One of my team members registered as an individual when they meant to join my team. How do they correct this?
Please contact Ashley Owen at ashley.owen@vai.org or 616.234.5390 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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