About

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Boston 2018, 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 at our 1-mile walk!

Event Day Schedule

Sunday, 11/04/2018

  • 10 a.m. Registration

  • 11 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.


  • 11:30 a.m. 1-Mile Walk Begins

Location Details


Boston Common Parkman Bandstand
131 Tremont St
Boston, MA
02111


Want to train on the route before the event? View the route map for this 1-mile walk.

Boston Common Parking Garage
Zero Charles Street
Boston, MA 02116
For driving directions to Boston Common and the parking garage, click here.

Please click here to view the most up-to-date Weekend Rates*.

  • 1 - 3 Hours: $14
  • Over 3 Hours (until 8 a.m.): $18 or $16 (if reserved online)
  • Cash or card is accepted.
  • Enter after 6 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday and exit by 8 a.m. the next morning.

*Please note prices are subject to change

Due to limited number of spaces in the Boston Common Parking Garage, we recommend that participants carpool or take public transportation.

The following metro lines run and have stations in proximity to the venue:

  • MBTA Green Line exit Park Street or Boylston stations
  • MBTA Red Line exit Park Street station
  • MBTA Silver Line exit Boylston Street station


Due to limited number of spaces in the Boston Common Parking Garage, we recommend that participants carpool or take public transportation

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 Untimed
  • Pre-Event:   $25
  • Event Day:   $30
  • 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 would like to mail in your registration, download this form.


*Please note that PurpleStride Boston is a 1-mile walk.

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

  • Online Registration: Wed., October 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
    Registration will still be available at packet pick-up and on event day.

  • Mail-In Registration: Fri., October 26, 2018
    Your mailed registration form must be received by this date in order to be processed for the event.

  • T-Shirt: Sun., October 14, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PST
    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!

  • Shaw's — Burlington (180 A Cambridge St, Burlington, MA 01803)
    5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 2.

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

Emmy Award winning journalist Erika Tarantal joined WCVB Channel 5 as an anchor and reporter for NewsCenter 5 in February 2014. Tarantal co-anchors WCVB’s Midday news at noon. She is also a contributing reporter for WCVB’s award-winning local news magazine, Chronicle.

Tarantal comes to WCVB from News 4 New York, NBC’s flagship station in New York City, where she anchored the weekend newscast and also was a primary fill-in co-anchor for WNBC’s weekday morning newscast, “Today in New York.” She has reported on major stories ranging from the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict to hours of coverage during Superstorm Sandy and the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT.

Tarantal joined News 4 New York as a general assignment reporter in December 2007. Prior to joining NBC4, Tarantal served as a general assignment reporter at WVIT-TV in Hartford, CT beginning in October 2005. Prior to that, Tarantal rose through the ranks at News 12 in the Bronx where she started as a general assignment reporter before being promoted to anchor of the station’s weekday morning newscast. Tarantal also served as a production assistant at WHDH-TV in Boston. Before beginning her career in broadcasting, Tarantal was a paralegal for the Office of the Attorney General in Boston.

Tarantal graduated from Connecticut College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in government.

Erin Willett will be performing her single, "Hope's Alive," at PurpleStride Boston.

Erin Willett brings her raw energy to New York City by way of Gaithersburg, Maryland. With the musical influence of her father, a member of the 1960’s band The Newports, Erin has music in her blood. Growing up in the 90s, pop records constantly rotated in her walkman. Every Sunday her outlet for music was church choir, were she became enamored with gospel singers and soul performers. This vocal ability combined with fascination from the performances of her brother’s punk bands, produced a powerful performance style that is all her own.

During season 2, Erin became a semi-finalist on NBC’s hit show The Voice. Known for her powerhouse vocals and infectious spirit, she became one of the final two contestants on Blake Shelton’s team. Following the show, she released her self-titled debut EP which is available on iTunes. Erin has also opened for notable acts including Twenty One Pilots, Adam Lambert, and Third Eye Blind.

She continues to give back as an Influencer of Hope for The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network; an organization fighting the disease that took her fathers life in 2011. Along with songwriters Liz Russo and Tova Litvin, she helped co-write and performs the Anthem of Hope for PanCan, “Hope’s Alive”. The single can be found on all music streaming and downloading platforms and the first $1 Million raised from the sale of “Hope’s Alive” will go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Erin is slated this year to perform “Hope’s Alive” at PurpleStrides all over the country. The funds raised during the 5K Run/Walk series will help to continue research, educate the public, and provide services that give current and future pancreatic cancer patients a chance for survival.

After a lifelong struggle with her weight and body image issues, Willett had the opportunity to compete in the fall of 2015 on Season 17 of NBC’s The Biggest Loser. During the airing of the show Yahoo.com exclusively premiered her single “Out of the Darkness” chronicling her struggle with depression and self discovery. At the Live Finale Erin lost an astonishing 87 Pounds and the following day Billboard.com exclusively premiered the music video for the single. Following the show, Erin partnered with Planet Fitness and toured the the country; engaging in conversations about lifestyle change, leading fitness classes, and sharing her own weight loss journey. She maintains a healthy lifestyle with an affinity for spin and hot yoga classes. In addition,Erin is an avid runner and has completed five half-marathons.

Erin brings her eccentric, jubilant attitude to the radio waves and can be heard on a number of Entercom stations throughout the east coast as an on-air personality. She has filled-in on morning shows such as WNEW’s The Karen & Jeffrey Show, WIAD’s The Tommy Show, and WCBS FM Scott Shannon in the Morning.

In 2018, Erin is will continue to release new music. Her new single “Try” with Brooklyn based producer, DULSAE, is out August 10th! You can catch her performing with her lively 7- piece band as well as her acoustics shows as The Erin Willett Trio around the NYC area.

For upcoming shows, merchandise, and content about Erin head to www.erinwillett.com.

Event Contact Information

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