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Cary marathon draws 4,000 runners, raises money for charity

The Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon and GNC Tobacco Road Half Marathon in Cary on Sunday raised $110,000 for charities and Wake County parks and recreation.

About 4,000 runners took part in the race on the American Tobacco Trail, according to a news release.

Jason Leonard of Leesburg, Va., was the fastest male in the marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 45 seconds.

Natalie Kretzer of Charlottesville, Va., a Duke University graduate, won the women’s marathon in 2 hours, 59 minutes, 37 seconds. This was the first time either Kretzer or Leonard has won a marathon.

The winners of the GNC Half Marathon were Winston-Salem’s Christian Thompson, who finished in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 21 seconds in the men’s division, and Tara Richardson, who finished in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 38 seconds in the women’s division.

Temperatures climbed into the 70s on Sunday, making for a warm race.

The event supported the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Red Cross and the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

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