Tobacco Road Marathon Charity Record

Tobacco Road Marathon Charity Record

Cary, NC (April 2, 2018) – CARY, N.C. The board of directors of the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and the Feetures! Half Marathon announced today that their 2018 events set a new record of charitable giving at $155,000 – a full $25,000 more than their record-setting year in 2017. The cumulative total now stands at $916,000, putting the organization’s goal of $1,000,000 well within reach in 2019.

In an unprecedented move, the board opened registration for the 2019 event at this year’s Expo on March 16. Runners can register now at the Tobacco Road Marathon Web site and enjoy “Early Bird” pricing for the lowest registration fees. 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.

“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.”

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.”

This year’s marathon overall winner was Carson Truesdale with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes, 7.983 seconds. The women’s champion was Grace Stadnyk with a time of 2 hours, 59 minutes, 8.03 seconds. The men’s half marathon winner was Benard Ngeno at 1 hour, 8 minutes, 3.047 seconds. Christine Babcock won the women’s half marathon with a time of 1 hour, 15 minutes, 52.317 seconds. Full results for all runners can be found at Finish Strong Series (FSS). A complete list of event sponsors can be found at the Tobacco Road Marathon Web site. About 18 percent of the marathon runners qualified for the Boston Marathon.

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.

TRM, JDRF Interviewed by WTVD ABC-11

TRM, JDRF Interviewed by WTVD ABC-11

Check out Tobacco Road Marathon Founder Kazem Yahyapour and JDRF Executive Director Chris LaTurno in their interview with host John Clark on WTVD ABC-11!

Rucking Division

Rucking Division

For Immediate Release:


Contact: Mark Dill, (919) 949-9263



2018 Half Marathon To Include Innovative “Rucking” – Walking With Weighted Backpack

Cary, NC (January 23, 2018) – The Tobacco Road Marathon is pleased to announce the addition of a rucking division for this year’s half-marathon that is open to all who wish to walk or run the course with a weighted rucksack.

The addition of the rucking division to the March 18th race in Cary, NC, is the result of a partnership with The Ruckership Network and is in keeping with the Tobacco Road Marathon’s historic focus as a community-based, volunteer-led race.

“The growth of interest in rucking and all its related activities made it a logical addition to our race offerings,” said Tobacco Road Marathon president Kazem Yahyapour. “There’s a lot of community engagement in rucking through groups like F3 Nation, Females in Action and Team RWB, and this division becomes a way to involve a new group of athletes in a race that is all about the Triangle community.”

Rucking, or walking with a weighted backpack, is familiar to many people with a background in military service, as it’s a key component of training for infantry soldiers who must transport heavy loads of gear across carried terrain by foot.

The activity has crossed over into the civilian population in recent years and has become a popular form of low-impact training that builds cardiovascular fitness and strength. Participants ruck socially, as part of service projects or train for events like those offered by GORUCK through its series of endurance challenges – drawing together people interested in fitness, service and support for the military formed the Ruckership Network in 2017 to serve and expand the rucking community.

“We’re fired up to work with the Tobacco Road Marathon folks to bring a rucking division to their half-marathon,” said Ruckership Network co-founder Tim Whitmire, who is also co-founder of the F3 Nation network of free men’s workout groups. “We’ve seen the amazing fellowship effect that ruck training has on participants and are excited to give Triangle-area ruckers another reason to strap on their rucks in 2018.”

For participants who want to ruck with a certified weight (30 pounds for men over 150 pounds, 20 for those under that standard; 20 pounds for women over 150 pounds, 10 pounds for those under) a team will be on hand at the start are to weigh and certify rucks before the start of the event. In addition to the half-marathon finisher’s medal, ruckers crossing the finish line will also receive a traditional 2×3-inch morale patch to mark their achievement.

Ruck division participants are free to move at whatever pace they like during the event (“ruck running” isn’t particularly recommended, but some people do it.) A popular target pace is 15:00 per mile, which is a fast walk for many.

To learn more about rucking and for help connecting to a ruck training group in the Triangle area, please contact one of the following groups: F3 Nation (men only):; Females in Action (women only):; Team Red, White, and Blue (co-ed):

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.

The Ruckership Network’s mission is to grow and serve the rucking community as a gathering place for all people motivated by fitness, service, and support for members of the military. The group’s credo is “Ruck Hard for a Better World!”

Red Cross Good Works Across America

Red Cross Good Works Across America

Across U.S., Red Cross Responds to Nearly 60% More Home Fires in First Days of 2018 Than in Same Period in 2017

RALEIGH, Jan. 26, 2018 — In the first nine days of the new year, the American Red Cross responded to nearly 60 percent more home fires than that same period in 2017.

Red Cross volunteers across the country have already responded to 3,150 home fires in the first nine days of the year, compared to 2,003 fires in the same time period of 2017. This can be attributed to the recent string of dangerously cold days, as colder temperatures are often linked to a rise in home fires. Heating, holiday decorations, winter storms and candles all contribute to an increased risk of fire during the winter months, according to the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration.

The Eastern North Carolina Region of the Red Cross (53 counties) responded to home and apartment fires that displaced 267 families from Dec. 23, 2017- Jan. 23, 2018. That’s nearly nine families every day who were left suddenly in the cold and snow.  In that one-month timeframe, the Red Cross helped 735 individuals with basic needs and a warm, safe place to stay as they began to piece their lives back together.

“Each of these home fires is devastating for the people involved and we have recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of deaths and injuries,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “Before our next cold snap, we can’t urge the public enough to make sure they have working smoke alarms, which Red Cross can provide for free if needed, and make sure their families have a planned escape route should they experience a fire.”


The Red Cross is asking every household in Eastern NC to take steps that can help save lives.

  • Keep all potential sources of fuel – paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs – at least three feet away from sources of heat.
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended.
  • Place space heaters on a level, hard and nonflammable surface. Keep children and pets away from space heaters. Look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep fire in your fireplace by using a glass or metal fire screen.

NATIONAL HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN SAVES 332 LIVES The Red Cross responds to as many as 64,000 disasters every year and most of these are home fires. Sadly, seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire.

To combat these statistics, the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign in 2014, focusing on installing free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and teaching people about fire safety. Since the start of the campaign, the Red Cross and partners have installed more than 1 million smoke alarms and helped to save 332 lives.


The Red Cross provides free smoke alarm installations. To request a free alarm, call your local Red Cross office, or visit and fill out a request form.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Running Through MS – Robert Moore

Running Through MS – Robert Moore

I am a runner, a cyclist, a swimmer, a triathlete, a marathoner, and an Ironman.  I have MS.

Before I was 21, none of these were true.  At the age of 21, I was diagnosed with MS.  At the time, I knew little about the disease except that most of the people I knew with MS were in a wheelchair.  I thought this was my fate and as a 21 year old with a full life ahead, this was hard to swallow.  I began running and cycling, wanting to get the most out of my body while I still had the chance.  What was first started out of what seems a necessity, has now turned into a passion.  I no longer run for fear of losing my mobility, but rather for the enjoyment and challenge it provides.  I continue to push my body, testing it both physically and mentally, wanting to grow stronger.  Knowing I have the power to continue is what drives me.

I am running MS Run the US ( for those that can’t.  I am also running to provide hope and to inspire those that have been recently diagnosed or who are struggling.  I want to show that a diagnosis of MS is not an end-all, but an opportunity to open new doors.  The advancements in therapies over the past 20 years have gotten us closer and closer to ending MS, and I am hoping this opportunity will bring us closer to ending the disease.

Tobacco Road will be my 19th marathon, and this year will be the second time I have run this race.  While I have hopes of running a fast marathon and possibly qualifying for Boston, I know that it is only a stepping stone leading up to MS Run the US.  The event is a relay from LA to NY with 18 people.  Each person runs for about a week before handing this baton over.  This summer, I will be running 148 miles over a 6 day period in Pennsylvania.  This will be an average of 24 miles a day, essentially a marathon a day for 6 consecutive days.  While I know that completing this event and meeting my goal of raising $10,000 will be a challenge, I know that others struggling with Multiple Sclerosis face the challenge just as great on a day to day basis.  If you’d like to follow along on my journey as I train, fundraise, and run MS Run the US, like my Facebook page, Run Through MS (