Race Committee

The Tobacco Road Marathon is successful because of our dedicated group of committee members. Each person takes such a high degree of ownership of their tasks that it makes race day the best possible. As with our Board of Directors, the Tobacco Road Marathon does not pay the committee members for time spent on the race.

Dawn Dixon - Volunteer Coordinator

Dawn is originally from Kenya, Africa (yes they have the fastest runners!) She moved to South Africa at the age of 17 where she met her husband, Bobby Dixon. In 1997 Dawn and Bobby moved to the states and Dawn taugh ice skating to preschoolers for 13 years. She is a big fan of ice hockey and also enjoys cycling, swimming, walking, and working out.

Dawn is the ultimate support crew for her family with a husband and son, Dwayne Dixon, who both do triathlons and foot races of every distance.

She began working with FS Series, the timing company supporting Tobacco Road, coordinating volunteers for their races and in 2014 Dawn came on board the Tobacco Road race committee to organize all our volunteers. 


Paula O'neal - Transportation

Paula served the City of Raleigh Police Department for 27 years; retiring in 2013 as a Captain. For 8 of those years, she was coordinating traffic control in an off-duty capacity for Raleigh's road races. In addition, Paula assisted in designing many of the existing race routes, including the City of Oaks Marathon.

In 2012, Paula formed RunRaleigh Races to host premier races to benefit local charities in our community. Paula is an avid runner. Since she began running in 1995 she has completed over 10 marathons including her personal favorite, the Marine Corps Marathon three times. She enjoys volunteering and is a huge supporter of the nOg Run Club.

Rebecca Sitton - Pace Groups