When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride San Diego 2018 Presented by Halozyme, 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!
The Opening Ceremonies highlight why it’s crucial to take action in this fight, from the words of a survivor or special guest.
Enjoy food and beverages from three food trucks including uWannaCuppa coffee truck and The Groovy Greek. Be sure to pop on over to our special pancake tent where you can taste purple pancakes! All vendors will be donating a percentage of sales back to PurpleStride San Diego 2018!
Visit the food and beverage tent where you can taste special treats from RXBAR and Beaming Superfoods, enter opportunity drawings, and learn more about juicing!
Onstage performances include live music from local band Rising Star, a Zumba warm-up to get your race-ready, and special guest appearances from the San Diego State University cheerleaders, race emcee Matt Starkey, and KFMB-TV feature reporter Eric Kahnert.
Kids and adults can both enjoy the Purple Play Zone with inflatables and games including skee ball, and bungee run, duck pond, and more!
Capture your PurpleStride moments in the team photo area, PurpleStride photo tent, and in front of KFMB Stations’ green screen! There will also be a Snapchat filter along the route and at the event village, so be sure to share your stride with your social network!
De Anza Cove at Mission Bay Park
3000 N. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION: Please note, due to the race, N. Mission Bay Drive and East Mission Bay Drive between The Hilton Hotel and De Anza Cove parking lot will be closed beginning as early as 7am. There is a possibility access to the parking lot may remain open until 7:30am, but we can’t guarantee it. Please allow plenty of time to get to event site before 7am, and plan around the road closures. Click the map below to open larger. There will be no event parking at the Hilton Hotel.
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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!
Register by the dates listed below in order to secure these benefits.
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!
Matthew, (his friends call him “Starkey”, you can too!), is a professional Race Announcer, Voice Over Artist, and M.C. well-known for delivering a fun and highly energetic experience to your event!
A San Diego native with a passion for giving back to his community, Starkey was born and raised in Poway (The City in The Country) in a house that his parents called home for 34 years. The youngest of two children, he enjoys keeping up with his nephews who now live in Dallas, TX with his sister and brother-in-law.
Race announcing, Voice Overs, and M.C. gigs are the perfect compliment to his passions; athletic pursuits, and vocal and theatre performance. You can find him climbing walls at San Diego’s own Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center and running locally in the San Diego area. Hear him sing with the Encore Vocal Ensemble and see him in action with other local theatre companies.
His deepest passion is family. In 2014 he married his best friend and fellow runner, Stephanie. The two met through a local chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In grand fashion, he proposed at the finish line of the Mayor’s Marathon in Anchorage, AK. Their two dogs, Pepper and Sirius, guarantee that there is never a dull moment in the Starkey home!
“Get out. Be active." ‑ M.C. Starkey
Eric Kahnert is a morning anchor for KFMB-TV in San Diego, California.
Award-winning journalist Eric Kahnert is thrilled to share his passion for reporting stories that make a difference with San Diegans, as the anchor of CBS News 8 This Morning and News 8 at 11 a.m.
Prior to joining News 8 in 2017, Eric held main anchor duties at KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver, Colorado, where he received multiple Emmy® awards for anchoring and reporting. Viewers turned to Eric for some of Colorado's biggest news, investigative, weather and sports stories, including the Aurora theater shooting trial, and numerous destructive and deadly storms and wildfires. Eric also served as weekend anchor at KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver, where his live reports were featured on Dateline NBC and CNN. He also anchored at KSTP, the ABC affiliate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he grew up.
Eric’s breaking news coverage on the anchor desk helped CBS News 8 win the coveted Golden Mike Award in 2017. The Radio & TV News Association awarded the show the Best 60 Minute Newscast in Southern California, the first time a San Diego station won the award over a Los Angeles station in 14 years. A news anchor who also enjoys and excels at reporting in the field, Eric was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Reporter category in 2017, along with a nomination for his story on the growing sport of hockey in San Diego. Eric anchored hours of non-stop coverage during the devastating Lilac Fire, which also contributed to a 2017 Emmy nomination in the station breaking news category.
A proud Trojan, Eric has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, where he anchored and reported for USC's prestigious Annenberg TV News. Eric was also a member of USC's Skull & Dagger Honor Society, Pi Kappa Alpha, and named "All American," as three-year captain of the University's Division II hockey team (no, not all of Eric's teeth are originals!).
Dedicated to serving the community, he's enjoyed getting involved with many charities and fundraising efforts here in America's finest city.
Eric and his wife, Allison, enjoy trying new things around San Diego with their three young children. When he's not enjoying quality family time or volunteering, you'll catch him playing hockey or attempting to play a round of golf.
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