Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Runners’ World Magazine, a leading national publication for the running community, has named Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) among its top ten new races since 2008. The recognition comes in theJanuary 2014 issue with a feature article beginning on page 80.
Calling the American Tobacco Trail “a flat and gently rolling T-shaped course,” the article goes further to say, “temperatures typically in the 40’s or 50’s cause personal bests to tumble at this race.” Runners’ World notes the race is “a run through the woods: 21 miles of Carolina pines…”
The Runner’s World recognition comes in the wake of accolades from Endurance Magazine, a leading publication serving people with active lifestyles throughout the Carolinas. Endurance recognized TRM events with five awards. In addition to being named the winner for best pre-race expo, TRM events shined in the runner-up spot for: best marathon; best half marathon; best post-race experience and best race swag.
“We are grateful for all this recognition,” says TRM President, Founder and ten-time Boston Marathon Qualifier Kazem Yahyapour. “It reflects a lot of hard work by a great team that developed the fastest course in the state and an event with lots of energy and fun from beginning to end.”
Registrations for the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and its companion BaySix Half Marathon are running at record levels. Runner feedback indicates ideal running conditions noted by Runners’ World are building a reputation for the events as among the best in the country to achieve personal goals or qualify for the iconic Boston Marathon. Both are conducted on the Carolina pine-lined American Tobacco Trail.
All proceeds go to these charities: JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Red Cross, Wake County Parks and Recreation, and Rails to Trails Conservancy. Details including on-line registration and training tips can be obtained at www.tobaccoroadmarathon.com. Cash awards will be provided to overall winners for men and women as well as active military and masters runners. A post-race party will include a massage tent, beer garden and refreshments.
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.
NBC’s legendary morning news and talk show featured the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (and GNC Half!) on their April 9 morning broadcast! Check out the spot on their Web site. They focused on one of our senior winners – a 75-year-old grandmother who inspires her family and now the world!
Check out the great coverage of our races by the Cary News! First, they published this wonderful story on one of our runners, Billy DeWalt. Billy is a military veteran striving to help other returning soldiers adjust to life back home. Later they did a follow-up to help the local community learn how to enjoy this Triangle “happening.”
Big, big night last night as the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Half Marathon Board of Directors gathered to present big, big checks to our charities: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF); the Wounded Warrior Project; the Rails to Trails Conservancy and the American Red Cross.
Representatives from were on hand to receive the contributions and enjoy the fellowship! The contributions for 2015 came to $110,000 pushing our five-year cumulative total well past the ONE HALF MILLION dollar mark!
It is important to note, too, that we would be powerless to make a difference without our runners, volunteers and, of course, our sponsors. You make this important work possible.
Here is the breakdown:
- JDRF: $50,000
- The American Red Cross: $25,000
- Wounded Warrior Project: $10,000
- Rails to Trails: $10,000
- Wake County Parks & Rec: $10,000
- ALS: $5,000
Actor Sean Astin was a delightful and surprise last-minute entry in our GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon and created quite a buzz. Runner’s World took notice and produced a great article about his impromptu adventure. Excited, Sean took to his Twitter feed to communicate with his 139,000 followers about his great experience. The pictures that he posted, including the one above, can be seen when you click thru to the story.