Team Hope – New York City Marathon

Take on the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 3, 2019 as part of Purple Community Team Hope!
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 Purple Community Team Hope 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 Team Hope with at least 15 entries for the race. Because of the limited quantity of entries we have available, we will be accepting applications beginning in February 2019 and will notify participants of their selection status after February 27, 2019.

  Application       Participant Guide

If you apply to run for Purple Community Team Hope to obtain a 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 Purple Community Team Hope. Please read the registration information below for more details. 

TCS New York City Marathon – Purple Community Team Hope Members



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

Team Hope Sign-up Process

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

  1. Submit your application for Purple Community Team Hope through our link that’s coming soon.
  2. After the Purple Community Team reviews applications, those selected will be notified via email and directed to register via CrowdRise for Purple Community Team Hope.
  3. Once you do this, you will receive email notification from ASHLEY with a unique URL to register for the NYC Marathon, beginning on February 27, when the non-guaranteed entry drawing takes place.
  4. After you register on the NYC Marathon site, ASHLEY will confirm your application.
  5. 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 Team Hope, you can do so by visiting Crowdrise when our link is activated (coming soon) 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 15 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.

NOTE: You must provide credit card information on both the Purple Community Team Hope 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 2019 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 CrowdRise 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 12, 2019 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 Purple Community Team Hope. 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. ET on Thursday, September 12, 2019.

If you choose to guarantee your entry into the race by joining Purple Community Team Hope, you are committing to a required and enforced fundraising minimum of $3,000 for Van Andel Institute by the deadline of October 29, 2019. If this minimum is not met, you will be charged the full amount 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. There is no cancellation or deferment policy for this type of registration, and the $3,000 fundraising commitment is non-reversible. Purple Community Team Hope 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 Purple Community Team Hope. 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 still held to your fundraising minimum. If you withdraw prior to August 1, 2019 and 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 elect to DEFER your entry to 2020, you may do so, without penalty, if you have achieved your fundraising minimum in the 2019 season. Runner will be responsible for covering 2020 race registration fees.

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 Purple Community Team Hope through this registration type. The required fundraising commitment for Purple Community Team Hope 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 complimentary virtual training program. More details will be available upon official registration for Team Hope.

The Perks

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

  • A welcome kit with official Purple Community Team Hope tech shirt, water bottle and more goodies!
  • Complimentary entry to the 5th annual Consumers Credit Union Purple Community 5K on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
  • Two complimentary tickets to attend Van Andel Institute’s Hope on the Hill Gala on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.
  • Complimentary TCS New York City Marathon registration. This year’s race fees are $255 (U.S. Residents; NYRR Members) / $295 (U.S. Residents; Non NYRR Members) / $358 (residents outside of the U.S.) — that’s huge savings!
  • Free virtual training program.
  • Team member raffles and contests for fabulous prizes!


Contact Ashley Owen, 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