Pioneer Program

Pioneer Program

At Project Purple, we believe in providing opportunities for runners to make a difference in the fight against pancreatic cancer. Our Pioneer Program offers runners the chance to participate in races that may not have a full team presence, such as hometown 5k’s, half marathons, or marathons.

By joining our program, runners can create their own fundraising page, receive support from our dedicated staff, and even receive a singlet while committing to a $500 fundraising minimum.

With this program, you can sign up and run any pre-existing race, ranging from small local races to challenging ultra marathons, even if we currently don’t have a team established there.

When you participate in a pioneer race, your involvement helps us lay the groundwork to start teams in new places. Meaning that when you join our Pioneer Program, you are pioneering new paths for this community.

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Join the Cause

Supporting patients with pancreatic cancer and their families is vital. Join us as a Pioneer runner and help us fund critical research and patient aid and build a world free from pancreatic cancer.

Register as a Pioneer today! Fill out our online form and start fundraising for Project Purple.

How it Works

If you’re a runner looking to support a good cause, consider becoming a Project Purple Pioneer. Here’s how it works:

  • Register and fundraise: Sign up as a Project Purple Virtual Pioneer and create a fundraising page to help us reach our goal of $500 per Pioneer.
  • Choose your distance and train: Select a 5K, Half Marathon, or other distance, and start training. We’ll share training programs with every participant who registers.
  • Earn your race day package: Raise $500 or more, and you’ll receive a Project Purple race day package. The package includes a Project Purple bib, team running singlet, and gear to help you on race day.
  • Join the community: Connect with our community of supporters on our Project Purple Run Teams Facebook page, Charity Miles, and Strava. Share your runs and fundraising strategy, and log those miles towards research on early detection and curative treatment for pancreatic cancer.
  • Spread the word: Tag a friend and share your story on social media. Encourage people in your network to get involved and join our mission to empower patients and fund critical research toward a world without pancreatic cancer. Be sure to post pictures on your socials and tag us.

By becoming a Project Purple Pioneer, you can make a difference and support a great cause while enjoying the flexibility to participate in races of your choosing.


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