Marathon Team – New York City Marathon

The 2020 TCS New York City Marathon is canceled due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns. Registered runners will be contacted by July 15 with further details.  Learn more here

 All VAI 2020 team members will be contacted by Van Andel Institute Purple Community Senior Event Coordinator Ashley Owen with details regarding deferral and cancellation options. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Ashley at

Take on the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon in celebration of the 50th anniversary on Sunday, November 1, 2020 as part of the Van Andel Institute Purple Community Marathon Team!
The Fight

Running a marathon is an incredible undertaking in and of itself and requires a tremendous amount of physical and mental endurance and motivation. Why not give yourself an added boost of motivation by running in honor or memory of someone in your life that who has faced a cancer or Parkinson’s disease journey?

When you sign up to run with our Purple Community Marathon Team on behalf of Van Andel Institute (VAI), we will be with you every step of the way! You will have access to fitness training, an amazing team of supporters and the best part? 100% of every dollar you raise will go directly to cancer and Parkinson’s disease research happening at VAI.

Click here to see highlights from the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with our friend Maranda!
The Commitment

The TCS New York City Marathon has provided VAI with at least 20 entries for the race. Because of the limited quantity of entries we have available, we will be accepting applications beginning in February 2020 and will notify participants of their selection status after February 26, 2020.

  Application  NYC Marathon Team Packet

If you apply to run with our Purple Community Marathon Team to obtain a FREE GUARANTEED charity entry, your fundraising minimum will be $3,000. Additionally, runners with a guaranteed entry secured on their own may join our team at any time for a $500 fundraising minimum commitment.

There are several different ways to register with our Purple Community Marathon Team. Please read the registration information below for more details.

TCS New York City Marathon – Purple Community Marathon Team Members




Tammy Anderson
Brenda Gardner
Amanda Gleich
William Ingalls
Brandon Marsh
Cole McConnachie
Cara Ontiveros
Galena Rozanski
Sarah Stickney
Jennifer Turala
Michael Turala
Meg Welch
Erika Welch

Jackie Blankenship
Mike Byam
Marcos Cordoba
Annie Dandavati
Anne Depalle
James Johnson
Stephanie Latimer
Brandon Lawson
John McSorley
Daniel Rogers
Lawrence Rush
John Sanford
Tracie Sanford
Grace Trudnowski
Jacob Turmell
Stephen Tuuk
Lars Wasvick

Mike Byam
Kelly Christensen
James Del Verde
Aaron DeVos
Rhonda Fisher
Paul Hendricks
Melissa Linden
Robert Lubin
Brian Machiela
Joel Neckers
Stephen Tuuk

Marathon Team Sign-up Process

To join our Purple Community Marathon Team and guarantee your entry into the TCS New York City Marathon, just follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Submit your application for our Purple Community Marathon Team through our link here.
  2. Once you do this, you will receive email notification from ASHLEY with a unique URL to register for the NYC Marathon, beginning on February 26, when the non-guaranteed entry drawing takes place.
  3. After you register on the NYC Marathon site, ASHLEY will confirm your application.
  4. Start training and raising funds to support cancer, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disease research at Van Andel Institute!

If you secured your own entry through the drawing period and would like to join our Marathon Team, you can do so by visiting our GoFundMe page and selecting the $500 fundraising minimum option.

NOTE: Purple Community has the ability to lobby for more guaranteed entries. If you are not selected for the first round of 20 spots available, we will be lobbying for additional spots through the marathon team and through other charity partners that wish to sell their extra spots. We will work through a wait list process for those interested in one of these additional spots on the team. Just email Ashley at and she will notify you of any additional spots that become available.

NOTE: You must provide credit card information on both the Purple Community Marathon Team GoFundMe site and the NYC Marathon site. You WILL NOT be charged anything, however this is a requirement to join. Purple Community is covering the cost for the NYC Marathon entry for you ($295 savings)!

The race registration fees for the 2020 TCS New York City Marathon are:

  • $255 for NYRR members
  • $295 for nonmembers
  • $358 for non-U.S. residents

Having trouble setting up or managing your fundraising page? Contact their customer support at or 248.291.6897.

TCS New York City Marathon Registration Process

Need guaranteed charity entry for the TCS New York City Marathon (available now through September 17, 2020 at 11:59PM EST based upon completion of application):

Athletes who wish to bypass the TCS New York City Marathon registration process and secure a guaranteed entry may join our Purple Community Marathon Team. All participating runners will need to be invited and register for the TCS New York City Marathon through My NYRR by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

If you choose to guarantee your entry into the race by joining our Purple Community Marathon Team, you are committing to a required and enforced fundraising minimum of $3,000 for Van Andel Institute by the deadline of October 31, 2020. If this minimum is not met, you will be charged the full amount or balance due to the credit card you provided, and/or not permitted to participate in the TCS New York City Marathon at Purple Community’s discretion.

Please note that this type of guaranteed entry is available on a first come, first serve basis. Purple Community Marathon Team members still need to complete their registration with the TCS New York City Marathon after they register with Purple Community. 

A link to officially register for the marathon will be sent to you shortly after you join our Purple Community Marathon Team. The marathon registration (covered by Purple Community) will be invoiced to Purple Community at the standard $255 (U.S. Residents; NYRR Members) / $295 (U.S. Residents; Non NYRR Members) / $358 (residents outside of the U.S.) registration fee for entry.

Injuries or Extenuating Circumstances

If at any time during your training you become injured or are otherwise unable to participate in the event due to extreme circumstances, you are able to defer your entry to the 2021 race and receive guaranteed entry. If you elect to DEFER your entry to 2021, you may do so, without penalty, if you have achieved your fundraising minimum in the 2020 season. You will be responsible for covering 2021 race registration fees but will not be required to fundraising again in 2021. Cancellation must be submitted by Saturday, October 31, 2020.

If you are injured or otherwise need to be removed from the team, you may withdraw prior to September 10, 2020. If you are able to find a valid replacement runner approved by Purple Community, you will be released from your fundraising minimum and only held accountable for a $75 registration transfer fee. If you do NOT find a replacement runner for your spot, you will be held to your $3,000 fundraising minimum.

Did you secure your own entry for the TCS New York City Marathon?

Athletes who secured their own entry into the NYC Marathon are highly encouraged to join our Purple Community Marathon Team through this registration type. The required fundraising commitment for joining our Purple Community Marathon Team with a “self-secured standard registration” for the marathon is $500.

Training programs available!

For either of these registration methods, Purple Community is pleased to offer you a variety of  training program options. More details will be available upon official registration for our Marathon Team.

The Perks

Purple Community offers exciting benefits to our marathon team members including:

  • A welcome kit with official Purple Community Marathon Team gear.
  • Complimentary TCS New York City Marathon registration. This year’s race fees are $255 (U.S. Residents; NYRR Members) / $295 (U.S. Residents; NYRR Nonmembers) / $358 (residents outside of the U.S.) — that’s huge savings!
  • Invitation for you and a guest to attend the NYC Marathon Team pre-race brunch on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 in New York City!
  • Two complimentary tickets to attend Van Andel Institute’s Hope on the Hill Gala on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020.
  • Access to training programs with experts in marathon running.
  • Team member contests for fabulous prizes!
  • Access to our Strava Club so you can connect with your teammates on their journey to race day!


Contact Ashley Owen, Van Andel Institute Purple Community Senior Event Coordinator, at or 616.234.5390. See you at the finish line!

Additionally, runners who have questions about NYRR or the TCS New York City Marathon should consult the NYRR Help Center at or reach out to