Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Runners’ World Magazine, a leading national publication for the running community, has named Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) among its top ten new races since 2008. The recognition comes in theJanuary 2014 issue with a feature article beginning on page 80.
Calling the American Tobacco Trail “a flat and gently rolling T-shaped course,” the article goes further to say, “temperatures typically in the 40’s or 50’s cause personal bests to tumble at this race.” Runners’ World notes the race is “a run through the woods: 21 miles of Carolina pines…”
The Runner’s World recognition comes in the wake of accolades from Endurance Magazine, a leading publication serving people with active lifestyles throughout the Carolinas. Endurance recognized TRM events with five awards. In addition to being named the winner for best pre-race expo, TRM events shined in the runner-up spot for: best marathon; best half marathon; best post-race experience and best race swag.
“We are grateful for all this recognition,” says TRM President, Founder and ten-time Boston Marathon Qualifier Kazem Yahyapour. “It reflects a lot of hard work by a great team that developed the fastest course in the state and an event with lots of energy and fun from beginning to end.”
Registrations for the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and its companion BaySix Half Marathon are running at record levels. Runner feedback indicates ideal running conditions noted by Runners’ World are building a reputation for the events as among the best in the country to achieve personal goals or qualify for the iconic Boston Marathon. Both are conducted on the Carolina pine-lined American Tobacco Trail.
All proceeds go to these charities: JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Red Cross, Wake County Parks and Recreation, and Rails to Trails Conservancy. Details including on-line registration and training tips can be obtained at www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com. Cash awards will be provided to overall winners for men and women as well as active military and masters runners. A post-race party will include a massage tent, beer garden and refreshments.
The Tobacco Road Marathon Association is a non-profit organization dedicated with its sponsors to providing financial assistance to its partner charities by channeling the passions of the North Carolina Triangle area’s running community into a powerful force for good.
NBC’s legendary morning news and talk show featured the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (and GNC Half!) on their April 9 morning broadcast! Check out the spot on their Web site. They focused on one of our senior winners – a 75-year-old grandmother who inspires her family and now the world!
We knew there was something special about this year’s Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon champion Bryan Morseman when we found out he had won two marathons two days in a row! We had no idea. Check out his amazing story in Runner’s World that speaks volumes about him as a human being. You just want to shake his hand!
Check out the great coverage of our races by the Cary News! First, they published this wonderful story on one of our runners, Billy DeWalt. Billy is a military veteran striving to help other returning soldiers adjust to life back home. Later they did a follow-up to help the local community learn how to enjoy this Triangle “happening.”
CHARITIES WIN AT CARY’S TOBACCO ROAD MARATHON RACES
Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon And GNC Half Reach $600,000 in Giving
Cary, NC – The real winners at today’s Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon were the charities supported by Cary’s flourishing community event as $110,000 has been added to a cumulative total now exceeding $600,000 since its founding in 2010. Some 4,000 runners tackled the fast, flat American Tobacco Trail course for a challenge that has grown both in size and national stature as ideal for those wishing to qualify for the elite Boston Marathon. The primary charities supported by the annual contest are: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation.
Jason Leonard of Leesburg, Virginia led start to finish in the main event Allscripts marathon as the winner of the men’s competition with a time of two hours, 27 minutes, 45 seconds. Duke University graduate Natalie Kretzer of Charlottesville, Virginia took top honors in the women’s marathon with a personal best time of 2 hours, 59 minutes, 37 seconds. This was the first time either runner has won a marathon, and they picked North Carolina’s largest to get the job done.
The winners of the GNC Half Marathon were Winston Salem’s Christian Thompson, 27, at 1:09.21 in the men’s division and Tara Richardson just 10 minutes behind at 1:19.38 heading up the women’s competition. Richardson, a 24-year-old Wake Forest graduate student, won last year’s Allscripts race.
Higher than normal temperatures and excessive humidity proved a challenge for most runners. Allscripts winner Kretzer grabbed a seat and gulped a bottle of water at the American Red Cross tent just past the finish line. The 28-year-old runner said by the last two miles she was more than ready for the race to be over.
“It was humid, but the course is great,” said Kretzer, 28. “I feel fine, it’s just the weather isn’t what I trained for. We had a lot of snow and ice in Charlottesville until recently. I did a lot of training on the treadmill.”
Leonard, 26, made the point that proper training and staying hydrated was critical. His sentiments were very similar to those expressed by the other winners and leading runners.
“The weather caught up with me a little at the end and this wasn’t my personal best,” Leonard said. “I’m good though. This is a great race. Great course, lots of water stops with Gatorade. Plus, I stayed hydrated all week. I could see this coming.”
Mens’ Allscripts second place finisher Gavin Coombs, who won the marathon in 2010, called the entire weekend a “great event.” Coombs is an assistant manager at the specialty running gear store, Runologie, in Raleigh.
“The course is a little different than in 2010 and it’s a lot better,” Coombs reported. “It’s just such a great local event for the community, so well supported, it’s wonderful to run it again.”
Complete results are available at FS Series. Tobacco Road Marathon President and Founder Kazem Yahyapour pronounced the event a success by every measure.
“The humidity and temperatures were a little higher than we wanted but we can’t control that,” Yahyapour said at the event’s post-race party. “Everything considered we were very fortunate to avoid the rain and thunderstorms that were predicted all week. Our sponsors are delighted as well as our charities. Our board is already looking ahead to the 2017 event.”
The Tobacco Road Marathon Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to charities by channeling the passions of the North Carolina Triangle area’s running community into a powerful force for good.