Tobacco Road Marathon Events Set New Charitable Donation Record: $127,500
Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon And GNC Half Reach $631,500 in Giving

Cary, NC – The Board of Directors of the Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) running events last night announced an increase over previously reported estimates of charitable contributions generated by its March 13 races to escalate this year’s giving total to $127,500 – a record year for the six-year-old running celebration. The increase adds to the cumulative total provided by the runners, sponsors, board and volunteers of the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon now at $631,500 after the seven races since the event’s founding in 2010.

The record level of charitable giving puts the running event organizers on a trajectory to possibly attain the cumulative total milestone of one million dollars within three years. 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.

The breakdown of charitable awards by organization is:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF): $50,000
Triangle American Red Cross: $35,000
Wounded Warriors Project: $10,000
Rails to Trails Conservancy: $15,000 ($5000 will directly support the American Tobacco Trail)
Wake County Parks and Recreation: $10,000
North Carolina Food Bank: $2,000
Military Veterans Resource Coalition: $3,000
National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA): $2,500

“The support of the running community, our volunteers and sponosors make these amazing levels of contributions possible,” said TRM Founder and President Kazem Yayahpour, a ten-time Boston Marathon qualifier. “What makes this possible is that this is an all-volunteer effort, we have no salaried person on the board or any kind of staff position. All these people are to be commended for their good work to support the community we love.”

Barry Porter, regional CEO of the American Red Cross, attended the check presenation last night on behalf of his organization. Porter’s team provides equipment such as generators and care tents to support Cary’s flourishing community event.

“I have sat through several of the TRM board meetings and I have seen how hard these people work,” Porter said. “Sometimes I am stunned when I reflect on it. I am so appreciative of everyone’s willingness to unselfishly give so much of themselves to these wonderful efforts.”

Also on hand was Chris LaTurno, executive director of the JDRF’s Triangle and Eastern NC Chapter.

“I have spoken with many on the TRM board privately to extend my personal gratitude for their work,” LaTurno said. “I want them to understand the advances we are making to help people battling diabetes and how it is made possible through the kind of important work they are doing.”

In addition to the primary charities the TRM board also supports its runners with their individual causes. At a formal check presentation last night were Chrystal Gordon, who ran for the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) and William “Billy” DeWalt who also ran for the Military Veterans Resource Coaltion (MVRC). Both runners, who competed for their personal best in the GNC Half contest, have overcome medical medical conditions related to the charities they represented.

“Wow. Just wow,” said Gordon after receiving the check on behalf of the NBCA. “I am so thankful to the Tobacco Road Marathon and their entire team. I am overwhelmed to be honest.”

Complete results of the 2016 Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and the GNC Half are available at FS Series. Next year’s race date has been set for March 19, 2017 and “early bird” registration will begin in April. In the photo above, left-to-right, are: Carlyn Sautter, JDRF Outreach Coordinator; Brian Moffett, Allscripts; Martha Namie, Allscripts; Joy Newhouse, Allscripts; Chris LaTurno, JDRF Executive Director (Triangle/Eastern NC Chapter) and Co-Race Directors Cid Cardoso, Jr. and Kazem Yahyapour. Cardoso is the CEO of North Carolina-based Inside-Out Sports, the presenting sponsor of the TRM weekend.

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.