Register Now For Best Prices On Million-Dollar Tobacco Road Marathon & Half!

Register Now For Best Prices On Million-Dollar Tobacco Road Marathon & Half!

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.

###

Register Now for 2019 Million Dollar Marathon

Register Now for 2019 Million Dollar Marathon

Contact: Mark Dill: 919-949-9263, Kazem Yahyapour: 919-280-9737

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MILLION DOLLAR MARATHON SET FOR 2019 IN CARY, NC
Runners Must Act Now For Best Tobacco Road Marathon Prices

Cary, NC – Runners must act now to save $10 on registration for the tenth running of the annual Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and its companion Feetures! Half Marathon, both presented by Inside-Out Sports. On July 1 prices of both the March 17, 2019 events will increase by $10 to $85 and $75 respectively. The charitable events will hit a mega milestone in 2019 when they eclipse the million-dollar mark for cumulative charitable giving.

“We had record charitable contributions from our 2018 event, at $155,000, and reached $916,000 in cumulative giving since our first races in 2010,” says TRM President, Founder and eleven-time Boston Marathon Qualifier Kazem Yahyapour. “We will definitely hit our goal of $1,000,000 by 2019. Our sponsors, our partners and especially our North Carolina running community and runners across America are making this possible. I hope all runners understand they can be a part of this amazing effort by registering to come run with us.”

The races will return to the Carolina pine-lined American Tobacco Trail (ATT) with its flat, fast, granite-screen course. TRM qualifies 15 percent of competitors for the Boston Marathon and in 2014 was named among the top nine best new marathons by Runner’s World Magazine.

All proceeds go to these charities – JDRF, the American Red Cross, Hope For The Warriors, and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation.

The full and half marathon courses follow the same path for two miles then diverge as full marathon runners head north and those in the half turn south on the ATT. The first two and last two miles of the courses are on paved roads – the rest are on the ATT. The runners will start from the USA Baseball & Thomas Brooks Park in Cary. The course is devoid of hills and the average high temperature for the date (51 degrees Fahrenheit) delivers an ideal performance environment.

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.

###

Red Cross Sound The Alarm Project

Red Cross Sound The Alarm Project

RALEIGH, NC, May 4, 2018 — The American Red Cross asks everyone to help Sound the Alarm in Eastern North Carolina and be part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires

At Sound the Alarm events, hundreds of Red Cross volunteers, along with fire departments, and community supporters will canvass high-risk neighborhoods, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, provide home fire safety tips and help families create escape plans.

“Home fires happen without warning and are responsible for killing seven people on average every day in the U.S.,” said Barry Porter, regional CEO of the Red Cross in Eastern NC. “ThroughSound the Alarm events we are working hard to teach people about home fire safety and install free smoke alarms.”

The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year across the country, the majority of which are home fires. Home fires represent a significant threat to our communities, which is why the Red Cross launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign that aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.

Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. To sign up to volunteer for Sound the Alarm, or to learn more, visit soundthealarm.org/enc.

Sound the Alarm is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from national partners: Almost Family, Delta Air Lines and International Paper. The Red Cross has also received funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Local supporters include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Circle K, CBS17, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Live Oak Bank, Smithfield, and United Way.

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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

PHOTO: North Carolina Red Cross volunteers prepare to install smoke alarms in neighborhood homes. Photo by Adam Jennings/American Red Cross. Photo by Adam Jennings/American Red Cross.

###