NORTH CAROLINA’S MILLION-DOLLAR MARATHON
Early Bird Discount Ending For 2019 Tobacco Road Marathon Record-Setting Races
Cary, NC (August 27, 2018) – The board of directors of the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and the Feetures Half Marathon will end early bird registration prices on September 1 for their million-dollar milestone races set for March 17, 2019. Runners can save by signing up before then, and join the celebration to mark one million dollars in cumulative charitable giving. Primary beneficiaries are JDRF, American Red Cross, and Hope For The Warriors. Runners can register at the TRM Website.
“I am so grateful to all our hundreds of volunteers and runners who make this event possible and enable the support we can give our charities. We could not do it without them and our all-volunteer board,” said Tobacco Road Marathon President and Founder Kazem Yahyapour. “To think that we will reach more than a million dollars in just the tenth running of our races is an achievement of which we are very proud. We like to say, ‘Ten races. Nine years. One million dollars!”
Yahyapour and his board of directors announced at the conclusion of their 2018 event that the races had set a new record of charitable giving at $155,000 – a full $25,000 more than their record-setting year in 2017. They reached a cumulative total of $916,000 in 2018, putting the organization’s goal of $1,000,000 well within reach in 2019.
The marathon is the largest in North Carolina, and the only one in the Triangle area during the spring. The Half marathon will also be the only race of its kind in the Triangle during spring 2019. Among the charities receiving contributions from TRM are JDRF, American Red Cross, Hope For The Warriors, Wake County Parks and Recreation, Rex UNC Healthcare Foundation, the V Foundation, Rails to Trails, YMCA, the Food Bank of North Carolina and We Can So You Can.
“Every year I just couldn’t be more impressed with the unselfish dedication of Kazem and the board of directors, as well as the hundreds of volunteers,” said Barry Porter, American Red Cross regional CEO. “I attend many of their evening board meetings and see the workload they take on. There is no paid staff. These individuals volunteer passionately for months to host a great event and then gift the proceeds to needs in our community.”
“Aaron Kowalski, JDRF’s Chief Mission Officer, and I are so excited to be running in the tenth annual Tobacco Road Marathon on March 17th, 2019, along with other JDRF runners,” said Chris LaTurno, Executive Director, Triangle Eastern JDRF Chapter. “Even more exciting to us is the ongoing, valuable partnership that the entire JDRF organization has enjoyed and appreciated with this great marathon throughout past years. Each year, through the generosity of the marathon, type 1 diabetes families across the Triangle and the United States are impacted through their generous donations. It helps us fund research that we hope and pray will one day lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. Congratulations to everyone at Tobacco Road Marathon on your first ten races, and more to come!”
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.