Media Alert: Sunday, March 19, Race Day!

Media Alert:

Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon/Feetures! Half Marathon, Sunday, March 19.

If you are a member of the news media, including bloggers and freelancers, you are most welcome to cover our race weekend. This is what you need to know to get started.


  • Allscripts Tobacco Road Marathon (26.2 miles) – NC’s biggest marathon.
  • Feetures! Tobacco Road Half-Marathon (13.1 miles).
  • 100% of proceeds go to charity, $631,000 donated to date, $1,000,000 by 2019.
  • The event should reach $750,000 in cumulative giving this year.
  • Event supports: JDRF, American Red Cross, Hope For The Warriors, Rails-to-Trails-Conservancy, and Cary Parks and Recreation.
  • Founded in 2010. Named to Runner’s World “Top 9” New Marathons in 2014.
  • 13% of our marathon runners qualify for the iconic Boston Marathon.


  • Date: Sunday, March 19, 2019 - Start Time: 7 a.m.
  • Note: Event Expo at Embassy Suites in Cary (Friday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat. 10 to 6.)
  • Runners should arrive at Thomas Brooks Park by 5:30 a.m on Sunday.
  • 4,000 runners, 6,000 to 8,000 spectators/volunteers.


  • Thomas Brooks Park, Cary.
  • Maps can be found at the TRM Web site.
  • 21 miles of the marathon and 8 miles of the half marathon take place on the American Tobacco Trail.
  • Spectators – best place to watch? The Start-Finish Line at Thomas Brooks Park. Near Race Village’s refreshments and post-race party. Cheer your runners to a great start and greet them at finish. Near the public address system as finishers, times announced. Parking info: TRM Web site.  No pass? Park at NetApp on Kit Creek Road and take a shuttle bus.

Personal Stories:

  • American Red Cross, 100 years, Regional CEO Barry Gordon.
  • JDRF executive Alex Hardesty, Hope For The Warriors’ Michelle Rademacher.
  • V Foundation’s Allie Bigelow, her runners Jamie Lassner & Amy Brown fight cancer.
  • JDRF runner fighting for sons’ health – Andrea Moffat
  • James Lassiter – pure water advocate runs with a 45-pound jug of water.
  • Billy Richards – tribute to vets/first responders – runs with ruck sack, USA flag.
  • Brian Germano – Cary resident trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon.



Alert to News Media - Sunday, March 19!