Van Andel Institute Marathon Team

The Van Andel Institute Marathon Team launched with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2017, and has raised more than $308,000 to support cancer, Parkinson’s and other disease research, as well as K–12 and graduate education programs at VAI. Since then, Marathon Team members have run nearly 3,000 miles on marathon weekends alone!

VAI has access to a limited number of complimentary, guaranteed entries to the TCS London Marathon, the BMW Berlin Marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or the TCS New York City Marathon. We have had 114 marathon runners participate in both the Chicago and New York marathons since 2017.

VAI offers a series of exciting benefits to our Marathon Team members, including:

  • A welcome kit with official VAI Marathon Team gear
  • Complimentary registration to the London, Berlin, Chicago or New York City marathon
  • An opportunity for our runners to attend pre- and/or post-race activities
  • Tips on how to fundraise successfully
  • Collaborate with a community of runners passionate about cancer and Parkinson’s disease research
  • Team member contests for fabulous prizes, including complimentary hotel rooms in New York City and Chicago on race weekend.

For questions, contact McKenzie Hollern, Event & Volunteer Coordinator, at McKenzie.Hollern@vai.org or 616.234.5598.

Chicago Marathon

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 the Van Andel Institute Marathon Team, 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.

The deadline has passed to join the VAI marathon team for Chicago 2022, but check back for more information and to join the waitlist for the Chicago Marathon in 2023!

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NYC Marathon

Please note: As of December 2021, updated guidelines from the New York City Marathon’s organizing body, New York Road Runners, require all runners taking part in the 2022 Marathon to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. For more information, please visit NYRR’s website, email help@nyrr.org, or reach out to McKenzie Hollern at McKenzie.Hollern@vai.org.

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 Van Andel Institute 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.

Learn More