Charities Win at Tobacco Road Allscripts, GNC Races

Charities Win at Tobacco Road Allscripts, GNC Races

CHARITIES WIN AT CARY’S TOBACCO ROAD MARATHON RACES
Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon And GNC Half Reach $600,000 in Giving

Cary, NC – The real winners at today’s Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon were the charities supported by Cary’s flourishing community event as $110,000 has been added to a cumulative total now exceeding $600,000 since its founding in 2010. Some 4,000 runners tackled the fast, flat American Tobacco Trail course 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 the annual contest are: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation.

Jason Leonard of Leesburg, Virginia led start to finish in the main event Allscripts marathon as the winner of the men’s competition with a time of two hours, 27 minutes, 45 seconds. Duke University graduate Natalie Kretzer of Charlottesville, Virginia took top honors in the women’s marathon with a personal best time of 2 hours, 59 minutes, 37 seconds. This was the first time either runner has won a marathon, and they picked North Carolina’s largest to get the job done.

The winners of the GNC Half Marathon were Winston Salem’s Christian Thompson, 27, at 1:09.21 in the men’s division and Tara Richardson just 10 minutes behind at 1:19.38 heading up the women’s competition. Richardson, a 24-year-old Wake Forest graduate student, won last year’s Allscripts race.

Higher than normal temperatures and excessive humidity proved a challenge for most runners. Allscripts winner Kretzer grabbed a seat and gulped a bottle of water at the American Red Cross tent just past the finish line. The 28-year-old runner said by the last two miles she was more than ready for the race to be over.

“It was humid, but the course is great,” said Kretzer, 28. “I feel fine, it’s just the weather isn’t what I trained for. We had a lot of snow and ice in Charlottesville until recently. I did a lot of training on the treadmill.”

Leonard, 26, made the point that proper training and staying hydrated was critical. His sentiments were very similar to those expressed by the other winners and leading runners.

“The weather caught up with me a little at the end and this wasn’t my personal best,” Leonard said. “I’m good though. This is a great race. Great course, lots of water stops with Gatorade. Plus, I stayed hydrated all week. I could see this coming.”

Mens’ Allscripts second place finisher Gavin Coombs, who won the marathon in 2010, called the entire weekend a “great event.” Coombs is an assistant manager at the specialty running gear store, Runologie, in Raleigh.

“The course is a little different than in 2010 and it’s a lot better,” Coombs reported. “It’s just such a great local event for the community, so well supported, it’s wonderful to run it again.”

Complete results are available at FS Series. Tobacco Road Marathon President and Founder Kazem Yahyapour pronounced the event a success by every measure.

“The humidity and temperatures were a little higher than we wanted but we can’t control that,” Yahyapour said at the event’s post-race party. “Everything considered we were very fortunate to avoid the rain and thunderstorms that were predicted all week. Our sponsors are delighted as well as our charities. Our board is already looking ahead to the 2017 event.”

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.

Tobacco Road Marathon Sets New Charity Record: $127,500

Tobacco Road Marathon Sets New Charity Record: $127,500

Tobacco Road Marathon Events Set New Charitable Donation Record: $127,500
Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon And GNC Half Reach $631,500 in Giving

Cary, NC – The Board of Directors of the Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) running events last night announced an increase over previously reported estimates of charitable contributions generated by its March 13 races to escalate this year’s giving total to $127,500 – a record year for the six-year-old running celebration. The increase adds to the cumulative total provided by the runners, sponsors, board and volunteers of the Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon now at $631,500 after the seven races since the event’s founding in 2010.

The record level of charitable giving puts the running event organizers on a trajectory to possibly attain the cumulative total milestone of one million dollars within three years. The primary charities supported by the annual contest are: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation.

The breakdown of charitable awards by organization is:

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF): $50,000
Triangle American Red Cross: $35,000
Wounded Warriors Project: $10,000
Rails to Trails Conservancy: $15,000 ($5000 will directly support the American Tobacco Trail)
Wake County Parks and Recreation: $10,000
North Carolina Food Bank: $2,000
Military Veterans Resource Coalition: $3,000
National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA): $2,500

“The support of the running community, our volunteers and sponosors make these amazing levels of contributions possible,” said TRM Founder and President Kazem Yayahpour, a ten-time Boston Marathon qualifier. “What makes this possible is that this is an all-volunteer effort, we have no salaried person on the board or any kind of staff position. All these people are to be commended for their good work to support the community we love.”

Barry Porter, regional CEO of the American Red Cross, attended the check presenation last night on behalf of his organization. Porter’s team provides equipment such as generators and care tents to support Cary’s flourishing community event.

“I have sat through several of the TRM board meetings and I have seen how hard these people work,” Porter said. “Sometimes I am stunned when I reflect on it. I am so appreciative of everyone’s willingness to unselfishly give so much of themselves to these wonderful efforts.”

Also on hand was Chris LaTurno, executive director of the JDRF’s Triangle and Eastern NC Chapter.

“I have spoken with many on the TRM board privately to extend my personal gratitude for their work,” LaTurno said. “I want them to understand the advances we are making to help people battling diabetes and how it is made possible through the kind of important work they are doing.”

In addition to the primary charities the TRM board also supports its runners with their individual causes. At a formal check presentation last night were Chrystal Gordon, who ran for the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) and William “Billy” DeWalt who also ran for the Military Veterans Resource Coaltion (MVRC). Both runners, who competed for their personal best in the GNC Half contest, have overcome medical medical conditions related to the charities they represented.

“Wow. Just wow,” said Gordon after receiving the check on behalf of the NBCA. “I am so thankful to the Tobacco Road Marathon and their entire team. I am overwhelmed to be honest.”

Complete results of the 2016 Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and the GNC Half are available at FS Series. Next year’s race date has been set for March 19, 2017 and “early bird” registration will begin in April. In the photo above, left-to-right, are: Carlyn Sautter, JDRF Outreach Coordinator; Brian Moffett, Allscripts; Martha Namie, Allscripts; Joy Newhouse, Allscripts; Chris LaTurno, JDRF Executive Director (Triangle/Eastern NC Chapter) and Co-Race Directors Cid Cardoso, Jr. and Kazem Yahyapour. Cardoso is the CEO of North Carolina-based Inside-Out Sports, the presenting sponsor of the TRM weekend.

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.

Record Charitable Contributions at $130,000 For $761,500 Cumulative Total

Record Charitable Contributions at $130,000 For $761,500 Cumulative Total

2017 Charity Donations Reach $130,000 For $761,500
Cumulative Total Since 2010

Cary, NC (March 21, 2017) – The Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (TRM) and the Feetures! Half Marathon has set a new mark for the event’s annual charitable contributions, bettering last year’s record-setting performance by $2,500 with a total of $130,000. The event weekend, which staged the eighth running of its two races on the American Tobacco Trail on Sunday, March 19, now has attained a cumulative total of $761,500 in charitable giving.

“Now that we have eclipsed the three-quarters of a million dollars mark, we are more confident than ever of hitting our goal of one million dollars to charity by our 2019 races,” said 11-time Boston Marathon qualifier Kazem Yahyapour, who is president and founder of the Tobacco Road Marathon.

The charities supported this year and the amounts they received are as follows:

JDRF: $50,000
American Red Cross: $37,500
Hope For The Warriors: $10,000
YMCA: $10,000
Wake County Parks and Recreation: $10,000
V Foundation: $5,000
“Every year I just couldn’t be more impressed with the unselfish dedication of Kazem and the TRM board of directors and the hundreds of race weekend volunteers,” said Barry Porter, American Red Cross regional CEO. “I attend many of their evening board meetings and listen to the workload they take on. There is no paid staff. These are individuals who 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 Japhet Kipkoech, who resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Kipkoech’s time was two hours, 28 minutes, 47.227 seconds (2:28:47.227). The women’s marathon winner was Kari Springer in only her second marathon at 2:57:14.6. Evan Gaynor of Perrysburg, Ohio, won the half marathon, bringing it home at 1:08:34.173 with Sarah Rapp (pictured above) of Raleigh leading all women at 1:15.48.850. Full results are available through Finish Strong Series (FSS). A complete list of the event sponsors can be obtained at the Tobacco Road Marathon Web site.

The Tobacco Road Marathon board will open online registration for the 2018 race weekend earlier than ever before, coming next Monday, March 27.

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.