April 9, 2019 Contacts: Mark Dill: 919-949-9263, Kazem Yahyapour: 919-280-9737
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CARY’S MARATHON REACHES MILLION-DOLLAR CHARITY GOAL
Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon And Altra Half Reach $1,059,000 In Giving
Cary, NC, April 9, 2019 – The real winners of the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and Altra Tobacco Road Half Marathon were the charities supported by Cary’s flourishing community event as the million-dollar milestone for charitable gifting was exceeded. Today the TRM board of directors confirmed that a record year of $143,000 in contributions was achieved. The cumulative total of funding now stands at $1,059,000 after just nine years and ten races.
The money was derived through race registrations and the support of sponsors such as Allscripts, Altra, and presenting sponsor InsideOut Sports. Some 4,000 runners tackled the fast, flat American Tobacco Trail course on March 17 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 North Carolina’s largest marathon are JDRF, Hope For The Warriors, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation.
“I am so proud of all our race volunteers and board members who donate their time,” said Tobacco Road Marathon President and Founder Kazem Yahyapour. “We simply could not achieve our goals without them, our sponsors, and, of course, our runners. Our sponsors are delighted as well as our charities. Our board is already looking ahead to the tenth-anniversary event in 2020.”
“As someone who meets with families that are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it breaks my heart,” said Chris LaTurno, JDRF executive director Triangle/Eastern NC Chapter. “Know that when everyone involved supports us as continually as you have, hope is provided to those families because they know they are not alone. They have everyone affiliated with the Tobacco Road Marathon fighting for them.”
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.
December 13, 2018 Contact: Mark Dill: 919-949-9263
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RUNNERS CAN SAVE MONEY, HELP CHARITY, STAY FIT IN 2019
Tobacco Road Marathon New Year’s Resolution Discount
Cary, NC – Runners must act now to save up to $20 on registration for the eighth running of the annual Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and its companion half marathon. On January 1 prices of both the March 17, 2019 events will increase by $10 for the Marathon to $115, and by $5 for the Half at a price of $100. Also, TRM is offering a $10 New Year’s Resolution discount code to help its runners achieve their fitness goals.
“Helping others reach fitness goals is literally close to my heart,” says TRM President, Founder, and 11-time Boston Marathon Qualifier Kazem Yahyapour. “Seventeen years ago I was not exercising and suffered a heart attack. My doctor told me my life was in my hands. We know the New Year is the time people think about fitness goals and we want to help.”
To encourage people to take action TRM is offering the $10 discount code, NYR2019, which is valid now through January 7. The code applies to either the full or half marathon runs.
In addition to discounts, runners can take advantage of training tips at the TRM Web site. Further support can be found through the TRM community on their Facebook page.
TRM events are about people helping people. This year TRM will achieve an impressive milestone by exceeding $1,000,000 in charity over just nine years. All proceeds go to these charities: JDRF, Hope For The Warriors, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation. At the conclusion of the 2018 events, TRM had amassed $916,000 in charitable giving.
The races will return to the Carolina pine-lined American Tobacco Trail (ATT) with its flat, fast, granite-screen course in 2019. TRM qualifies up to 18 percent of competitors for the Boston Marathon and was named among the top nine best new marathons by Runner’s World Magazine.
TRM 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.
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.
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.