Recent emails

Here are copies of recent emails sent to runners:
 
 

March 13, 2022 - 2022 Tobacco Road Full/Half Marathon: The origin of the name and marathon medal reveal

Dear 2022 Tobacco Road Full or Half Marathon Runner,

Athletes don't typically associate themselves with the word "tobacco" except here in North Carolina.  In North Carolina--and especially in March--locals know that the words "Tobacco Road" have little to do with the plant or product.

We at the Tobacco Road Marathon would like to believe that the biggest sporting event in North Carolina in March is the event you are running in on Sunday, March 20, 2022.  However, for the benefit of those of you from other locations and for non-runners, "Tobacco Road" in March focuses on the ACC Tournament and March Madness.  This year, our revered Duke Blue Devils (under the final season of legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski, retiring after 42 years) and beloved UNC Tar Heels (in their first year without 18-year Coach Roy Williams) are competing in the March Madness.  The other two major schools of the "Tobacco Road" rivalry--NC State and Wake Forest--are sadly staying home.  In fact, we expect that both Duke and UNC will have games on our race marathon weekend.

The Duke-UNC rivalry is intense--in part due to the proximity of the schools.  The northern end of our marathon race course is just 6 miles from UNC and just 8 miles from Duke.  In fact, if you miss that northern turn around and keep going on the American Tobacco Trail, you'll end up in Durham less than a mile from the Duke campus.  As many of you know, the American Tobacco Trail where we run most of our race is a rails-to-trails path (and, therefore, mostly flat) that replaced the former Norfolk & Southern railroad corridor from Durham to New Hill, NC.

And that brings us to the planned announcement of our medal--to be revealed on Facebook and Instagram at 7:00pm on Monday, March 14.  Yes, it has a train on it!  The shirt reveal is still to come!

As you are making your final preparations, please review our Quick FAQs and please remember bib and t-shirt pick-up is at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle in Cary, NC, on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19.

Race Date:  Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 7:00am ET

- The Tobacco Road Race Committee
 

March 11, 2022 - 2022 Tobacco Road Full/Half Marathon: Expo and Deadlines

Dear 2022 Tobacco Road Full or Half Marathon Runner,

Best wishes in your final week of preparation!  Here is some important schedule information...

Race bib and t-shirt pick-up will be out our host hotel, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle located at 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513 on...

    Fri, March 18, 2022, from 3pm - 8pm
    Sat, March 19, 2022, from 10am - 5pm


At the Expo, you should:
  1. Pick up your Race Bib, Parking Pass (if you purchased one), and T-Shirt.
  2. Study the Course Map and Parking Instructions.
  3. Visit the vendors/exhibitors in the Expo.
  4. Purchase Tobacco Road merchandise and last-minute race needs from our Presenting Sponsor, Inside-Out Sports.
To pick up your bib, you will need to show a copy of your "Bib Pickup Email" to be sent on Wednesday, March 16, 2022.  You may also pick up other runners' bibs if you have (preferrably) a copy of their "Bib Pickup Email", or (alternatively) a cell phone picture or photocopy of their ID.

You may pick up only the t-shirt size you requested.  Swapping for a different size t-shirt will be available only AFTER the race at the Information Tent.  Additionally, registrations (new, transferred, or changed) after February 15, 2022, may be asked to pick up their t-shirt AFTER the race because shirts had to be ordered in advance.

Other Dates and Deadlines:
  • The deadline for deferrals to 2023 is Monday, March 14, 2022.  Use the form https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/deferto2023 .
  • The deadline to transfer to another runner is also Monday, March 14, 2022.  The registered runner needs to initiate the transfer using the form https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/transfer .
  • The deadline to pick up your race bib is the end of the Expo which is 5:00pm ET on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
  • The deadline to register for the Full Marathon by the end of the Expo.
  • New registrations for 2023 will begin by April 1, 2022
Pandemic Restrictions:  At this point, we have no specific pandemic restrictions.  If you are not feeling well on race morning, please stay home.

Exclusive deal for TRM Participants: 20% off your next pair of regular priced running shoes!
Mention this ad in store or use code RUN20 online at www.insideoutsports.com (some restrictions apply).

Enjoy a "short run" weekend as you taper for next weekend race!
- The Tobacco Road Race Committee
 

March 5, 2022 - Two weeks until 2022 Tobacco Road Full/Half Marathon

Dear 2022 Tobacco Road Full or Half Marathon Runner,

We will be sending several emails over the next two weeks, each with a few important information and tips.  We will try to keep each short and to the point, so take a minute or two to read each.

Date:  Two weeks from tomorrow on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 7:00am ET

What's New for 2022:
  • CASUAL START:  While most runners will likely line up for a 7:00am start, you may start ANYTIME, AT YOUR CONVENIENCE prior to 7:30am.  Last year, many runners loved this more relaxed, start-when-you-are-ready approach.  This should be of particular interest to those of you who (a) still prefer some degree of social distancing, (b) didn't get in the port-o-john line soon enough, or (c) arrive to the race site a bit later than our recommended 5:30am arrival time.
    --> Important note 1:  Age Group awards are based on bib/chip time, so starting later won't affect your placement.  However, the monetary awards for the top 3 (by gender) Overall, Masters, and Military divisions are based on gun time.
    --> Important note 2:  We still have a firm 2:00pm cut-off, so if you are concerned about that cut-off time, please start as close to 7:00am as possible.
  • FREE PHOTO:  We are providing each runner one free race photo to download after the race.  Share it with friends and family!  Share it on social media!  Exult in your accomplishment!  (...and let us know if this is an important perk to you.  It is an additional cost to the race and, therefore, reduces our charitable giving.)
  • NEW HALF MARATHON SPONSOR:  We are excited to have a new, Half Marathon sponsor of VHB (https://www.vhb.com/) and thank them for their support of the Tobacco Road Half Marathon.
Pandemic Restrictions:  At this point, we have no specific pandemic restrictions.  We will follow government requirements, if any.

Exclusive deal for TRM Participants: 20% off your next pair of regular priced running shoes!
Mention this ad in store or use code RUN20 online at www.insideoutsports.com (some restrictions apply).

Are you doing a final long run this weekend?  Best wishes in your training!
- The Tobacco Road Race Committee
 

February 24, 2022 - Your 2022 Tobacco Road Marathon Registration Details


Dear Tobacco Road Runner,

We are excited that you are registered for our 2022 Tobacco Road Full or Half Marathon on Sunday, March 20, 2022!  Start time is 7:00am.  Please see https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/schedule for the schedule of events.

[Note:  Runner-specific values were filled in below in the original email.]

Your event:
Expected Finish Time (duration):
(If your expected Finish Time is blank, don't worry; it is not essential that we have it.)

Your registration details are
Name:
Email:
Birthday:
Address:
Phone:
T-Shirt Size:
Parking Pass:
(Note:  If the Parking Pass field above is blank, you DO NOT have a Parking Pass.  Changes in t-shirt sizes are no longer permitted.  You may swap your t-shirt for a different size AFTER the race at the Information tent.)

Pandemic Restrictions:  At this point, we have no specific pandemic restrictions.  We will follow government requirements, if any.

Changes/Deferrals:  Changes from the FULL to the HALF are not permitted at this point due to the HALF being sold out.  If you registered for the FULL and cannot run it, please defer to 2023 using the link https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/deferto2023 or transfer your FULL registration to another runner using the link https://app.racereach.com/form/42327 .  Please remember that we have a firm 2:00pm cutoff time for safety reasons.

Changes from the HALF to the FULL are still permitted using https://tobaccoroadmarathon.com/change .

Hotel:  Reservations at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle host hotel can be made for the special rate of $139/night at https://tinyurl.com/trmhotel2022 .  Reserve before March 1, 2022.

Exclusive deal for TRM Participants: 20% off your next pair of regular priced running shoes!
Mention this ad in store or use code RUN20 online at www.insideoutsports.com (some restrictions apply).

Just over 3 weeks left until race day.  Best wishes in your training!
- The Tobacco Road Race Committee
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