The Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon generated $127,500 in charitable contributions this year – a record year for the seventh annual event, organizers said Friday.
About 4,000 runners took part in the race on Sunday, March 13, at the American Tobacco Trail and Thomas Brooks Park in Cary.
“The support of the running community, our volunteers and sponsors make these amazing levels of contributions possible,” said Kazem Yayahpour, founder and president of the event, in a statement. “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.”
The events now have cumulatively collected $631,500 since the event was founded in 2010. This puts the Tobacco Road Marathon on track to raise a cumulative total of $1 million within three years.
In addition to the primary charities, the Tobacco Road Marathon also donated $3,000 to the Military Veterans Resource Coalition, a local nonprofit that seeks to connect service members and veterans with organizations that provide medical care and other aid. Wake Forest resident William “Billy” DeWalt ran the GNC Half-Marathon for this organization. He served in the U.S. Army for 10 years until a traumatic brain injury ended his career.
The Tobacco Road Marathon was named one of the top 10 best new marathons by Runner’s World Magazine in 2014. Next year’s race has been set for March 19, 2017 with registration beginning this April.
The breakdown of charitable awards this year 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