About

When you Wage Hope at PurpleStride Charlotte 2019 Presented by Carolina Digestive Health Associates, 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, 09/14/2019

  • 7 a.m. Registration Opens

  • 8 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.


  • 8:30 a.m. 5K Run/Walk & 1-Mile Walk Begins

Location Details


Romare Bearden Park
300 S Church St
Charlotte, NC
28202


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

There is an abundance of parking garages and surface parking lots located within easy walking distance of Romare Bearden Park. Preferred Parking has created an excellent interactive map that provides information including the address for parking garages/lots and availability. Click here for the map.

Light Rail

The LYNX Blue Line is a stress-free and convenient transportation alternative to/from the event site. The line is nearly 19 miles long and operates from I-485 at South Boulevard to UNC Charlotte's main campus in University City. The "Stonewall" and "3rd Street/Convention Center" stations are located in Uptown Charlotte just a couple of blocks from Romare Bearden Park. Click here for the LYNX Blue Line schedule (hint: be sure to read the "Weekend Schedule").

Uber and Lyft

Uber and Lyft are both great alternative options for transportation to/from the event site. Please be aware that street closures are necessary to accommodate our event route. Plan to arrive early, and give your driver the official address for Romare Bearden Park as your drop off/pickup location: 300 S. Church Street.

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: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET
    Registration will still be available at packet pick-up and on event day.

  • Mail-In Registration: Friday, Sept. 6, 2019
    Your mailed registration form must be received by this date in order to be processed for the event.

  • T-Shirt: Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT
    Registration must be processed by this date in order to guarantee an event T-shirt.

Packet Pick-up

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!


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

Erin Willett is a Musician, Personality- but like us all, she is human. Born and raised in Gaithersburg, MD, Erin always embodied so much joy when she was in front of an audience. Following her graduation from Hofstra University, Erin was a semi-finalist on Season 2 of The Voice. During the show, Erin's father, Chuck, passed away from stage IV pancreatic cancer and she began her fight with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network as an Influencer of Hope. In a move to change her life, Erin was asked to be a contestant on Season 17 of The Biggest Loser where she lost 87 lbs. Since traveling the world inspiring other through musical performances and speaking engagements, Erin has learned to share every aspect of her world with her fans, and remind herself in the process that we are all human and we are learning as we go. In 2018, Erin dedicated her year to travel the world performing, "Hope's Alive" an anthem of Hope for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. All money raised from sales and streaming goes back to the organization in hopes to change the outcome of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Erin continues to share her journey as a radion personality on Entercom stations and upcoming performances can be found at www.ErinWillett.com.

Maureen O’Boyle is an anchor for the WBTV News team. A Charlotte native, she is heavily involved with many community events and particularly focused on the station’s growing partnership with Charlotte’s Pancreatic Cancer Action Network affiliate. “Pancreatic cancer is something that’s not talked about much,” she says. “It may touch a smaller percentage of the population, but the diagnosis can be devastating. I want to see a future where pancreatic cancer is obliterated.” Maureen sees education and fundraising as two areas that WBTV’s partnership can positively support PANCAN Charlotte, and she is committed to maximize those efforts. You can follow Maureen on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Event Contact Information

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