Van Andel Institute Marathon Team

The Van Andel Institute Marathon Team launched with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2017, expanding into an international program over the following years. VAI has access to a limited number of complimentary, guaranteed entries to the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, TCS New York City Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, and, for the first-time, the Honolulu Marathon and the Grand Rapids Marathon!

Running a marathon is an incredible undertaking, requiring a tremendous amount of physical endurance and mental endurance, along with a healthy dose of motivation. Why not boost your race by running in honor or memory of someone in your life who has faced cancer or Parkinson’s disease?

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? Every single dollar you raise will go directly to cancer and Parkinson’s disease research happening at the Institute.

To learn more about Van Andel Institute, click here.

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

  • A welcome kit with official VAI Marathon Team gear
  • An opportunity for our runners to attend pre-and/or post-race activities
  • Complimentary membership to RunGR for local runners
  • Fundraising tips
  • The opportunity to collaborate with a community of runners passionate about cancer and Parkinson’s disease research and science education

For questions, contact McKenzie Hollern, VAI Marathon Team Manager, at [email protected] or 616.234.5598.

Team Training Partner

Grand Rapids Marathon

October 15, 2023

Join us in our hometown and take on the Grand Rapids Marathon in 2023! The fundraising minimum is $500.

Join the 2023 Grand Rapids Marathon Team


Honolulu Marathon

December 10, 2023

Aloha! Join us in Hawaii and take on the Honolulu Marathon in 2023! Fundraising minimum is $1,500.

Join the 2023 Honolulu Marathon Team


Bank of America Chicago Marathon – Sold Out

October 8, 2023

We have sold all our spots for the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Please stay tuned for the 2024 waitlist.

Chicago Marathon – Van Andel Institute Marathon Team Members

Jenica Barker
Mary Camp
Robert Camp
Cathy Cantu
Yves Capitaine Jr.
Veronica Constantine
Brian Cote
John Grzybek
Abigail Hollern
Justin Kessler
Kyle Kratchmer
Nick Kratchmer
Kevin Kurgat
Jim Libolt
Ben Merritt
Sara Merritt
Steve Ozinga
Chris Pregent-Halford
Nicole Rodammer
Adam Russo
Jennifer Sarver
Jordan Segasser
Katie Vanhevel
Elizabeth Widlak
Geoff Widlak

Joseph Brennan
Yves Capitaine
Izzy Derber
Tad Dobre
Ryan Duncan
Graham Gaule
Rob Johnson
Melissa Ozinga
Steve Ozinga
Scott Sayler
George Sharpe
Jennifer Turala
Michael Turala
Fiona McPherson Grant

Joseph Brennan
Marcos Cordoba
Samuel Daniels
Erin Dean
Sarah Eich
James Frieling
Joe Hanson
Mary Beth Kelly
Andrew Klein
Clifford Kopp
Derek Krajewski
John McSorley
Susan Mickler
Sandra Morales
Brian Picardat
Shannon Roleck
Amy Stanton
Douglas Wagner
Spencer Whyte

Runners who have deferred due to COVID-19

Joseph Brennan
Veronica Constantine
Marcos Cordoba
Anna Derber
Joe Hanson
Andrew Klein
Susie Mickler
Sandra Morales
Douglas Wagner
Spencer Whyte
Danielle Willover

Samantha Bartholomew
Joseph Brennan
Mark Durocher
Brad Hilton
McKenzie Hollern
Suzanne Knoll
Nicolas Koerber
Clifford Kopp
Kim Kordecki
Katie Kuipers
Kate Lieberman
Jessica Lockwood
Marlo Morgan
Rorybeth Novosad
Kelly Pendleton
Terry Popa
Joshua Potter
Daniel Rietema
George Sharpe
Thomas Stoll
Kiera Suwyn
Lexie Suwyn
Sydney Vinton
Tammy Anderson
Mike Berman
Toby Blom
Benjamin Cook
Kristine Cooley
David Couch
Brenda Gardner
Kenneth Gildersleeve
Jay Glover
Amy Hagerstrom-Stanton
Alexis Hartman
Lindsey Hutchings
James Johnson
Angela King
Beth Koperdak
Kate Lieberman
Tina Lippert
John McSorley
Sarah Minnick
Bobby Mosel
Lanny Potts
Susan Pragaspathy
Sarah Rollman
Jayme Romine
Lawrence Rush
Ann Schneider
Nicole Sharpe
George Sharpe
Jencen Smith
Rebecca Steketee
Mindy Uitvlugt
Elizabeth Vaughan
Andy Verheek
Michael Weber
Hannah Acosta
Cherrah Casserly
Meghan Cordes
Aaron DeVos
Andrew DeVries
Steve DeVries
Maria Eguiluz
Kelly Foy
Amy Hagerstrom-Stanton
Ryan Harrell
Rachel Jager
Matthew Jump
Kristen Kinzer
Emily Machiela
Hilary Muller
Kendra Muller
Matthew Owen
Danielle Pennings
Craig Pennings
Mandy Reed
George Sharpe
Missy Sharpe
Tammie Siegrist
Andrew Sinclair
Jim Tassoni
Chelsea Westra

BMW Berlin Marathon – Sold Out

September 24, 2023

We have sold all our spots for the 2023 Berlin Marathon. Please stay tuned for the 2024 waitlist.

Joseph Brennan
Tad Dobre
Jeff Eardley
Mackenzie Grzybek
Grant Ludema
George Sharpe Jr.

Benjamin Brouwer

TCS New York Marathon – Sold Out

November 5, 2023

We have sold all our spots for the 2023 TCS New York Marathon. Please stay tuned for the 2024 waitlist.


TCS New York City Marathon – Van Andel Institute Marathon Team Members

Amanda Surdenik
Andy Liu
Cameron De Fur
Daniel Sampayo
Gerald Paschal
Jack Malpasuto
Jeff Smith
Jenna Carey
Jennifer Salland
Jillian Lawrence
John Goetz
Josh Mahoney
Katie Kuipers
Lily Yatawara
Lori Harris
Monique Morin
Sarah Sullivan
Shakyra Ritchie
Shane Lloyd
Zoe Ryan

Tammy Anderson
Cara Ontiveros
Brenda Gardner
Sarah L. Stickney
Sarah Eich
Kaelyn Christian
Melanie Ball
Joy Kim
Marcos Cordoba
Anne M. Kim
Katie Bean
Michael C. Ramsey
Grace E. Lee
William Cook
Jason Froimowitz
Maria Phillips
Chris Pregent-Halford
Giddings Harrison
Gigi Lancaster
James Frieling
Jack Barker
Saif Pathan
Charles Brew
Jessica Brew
Nicky Edwards

Mark Grevengoed
William Ingalls
Brandon Marsh
Cole McConnachie
Jennifer Turala
Michael Turala

Runners who were deferred due to COVID-19

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