About

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Iowa 2018 Presented by Strategic America, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, you join a vibrant community of survivors, impacted families, loved ones, researchers and advocates committed to rewriting the future of this deadly disease. Your fundraising and participation directly funds efforts to help patients and families. Come out and stride with us!

Event Day Schedule

Saturday, 09/22/2018

  • 8 a.m. Registration Opens

  • 9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies

    The Opening Ceremonies highlight why it’s crucial to take action in this fight, from the words of a survivor or special guest.


  • 10 a.m. 5K Run/Walk Begins

  • 11 a.m. Closing Remarks

Location Details


Raccoon River Park
2500 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA
50265


Want to train on the route before the event? View the route map for this run/walk.

Parking available on site at Raccoon River Park. Please no parking at softball fields.

We love animals just as much as you do! However, due to safety and liability reasons, pets are unfortunately not allowed at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network events. Service animals are, of course, welcome.

Strollers and wheelchairs are absolutely welcome at PurpleStride!

Registration Information

  • Participant Types
  • Pre-Event
  • Event Day
  • Participant Type:   Survivor
  • Pre-Event:   FREE
  • Event Day:   FREE
  • Participant Type:   Adult Timed
  • Pre-Event:   $30
  • Event Day:   $35
  • Participant Type:   Adult Untimed
  • Pre-Event:   $25
  • Event Day:   $30
  • Participant Type:   Youth Timed
  • Pre-Event:   $15
  • Event Day:   $20
  • Participant Type:   Youth Untimed
  • Pre-Event:   $10
  • Event Day:   $15
  • Participant Type:   Virtual Strider
  • Pre-Event:   FREE
  • Event Day:   N/A
  • Participant Type:   Volunteer
  • Pre-Event:   FREE
  • Event Day:   FREE


A few things to keep in mind:
  • Youth registration is for children ages 3-12. Children ages 2 and younger are not required to register.

  • Your registration fee will count toward your personal fundraising goal, and you’ll receive an email including your registration confirmation and tax information. Please note that registration fees are not tax-deductible.

  • If you want to register by mail, download this form.

Register by the dates listed below in order to secure these benefits.

  • Online Registration: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 11:59 CST
    Registration will still be available at packet pick-up and on event day.

  • Mail-In Registration: Friday, September 14, 2018
    Your mailed registration form must be received by this date in order to be processed for the event.

  • T-Shirt: Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 11:59 CST
    Registration must be processed by this date in order to guarantee an event T-shirt.

Packet Pickup

Beat the lines on event day by picking up your T-shirt at packet pick-up. Registration prices increase on event day, so make sure to invite friends and family to register at this time if they haven’t already done so!

We will post more information as we get closer to the event.


Are you a Captain of a team with five or more members who’d like to pick up packets for your entire team? RSVP in advance so that you get your materials quicker at packet pick-up. If you decide to pick up for your entire team (please, no partial team pick-ups), make sure to let each member know so that there isn’t any confusion!

Special Guests

Van Harden is the host of the most listened to radio program in Iowa history, “Van and Bonnie In The Morning,” heard on WHO Radio weekdays from 5 until 9 am. He recently retired as Program Director of the station after 30 years in that position. The National Association of Broadcasters has awarded Van, personally, with five Marconi Awards, the radio equivalent of the Oscar. Under Van’s leadership since his coming to WHO Radio in 1986, the station has been awarded a total of 13 Marconi Awards. While working his first radio job at KDLS FM in Perry, Iowa, Van attended Drake University where he graduated in 1973, earning a B.A. in Radio/TV journalism. From Perry he moved to KWEN FM in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a year, and then spent 10 years as a mid-day radio personality at KRNT in Des Moines. Van then became the morning man and Program Director at WHO. He at one time served as Development Director for the American Lung Association of Iowa, and owned KLSN Radio in Jefferson, Iowa. He has also become a noted inventor with his creation of both the “Van Harden DayTeller” timepiece and the “Van Harden Cheese Crust Pizza.” He also hosted the Van and Connie TV Show for four and a half years on WHO TV. And he has become a noted author and speaker with his book “Life in the Purple Wedge.”

Van has the distinction of being the only person ever to sit in every single seat in Veterans Memorial Auditorium and Wells Fargo Arena. He was awarded the Presidential Award for public service from George W. Bush by Michael W. Smith in 2013. He and his listeners helped save the USS Iowa. He has been an adult Bible teacher for over 35 years. He was born and raised in Adel and lives in his childhood home.

Event Contact Information

Still have questions or want to find out more? We’re here to help! Contact the appropriate individuals below.