The 2019 Tobacco Road Marathon races will reach a huge milestone this coming March 17 when they reach one million dollars ($1,000,000) in cumulative charitable donations. The event will return to the Carolina pine-lined American Tobacco Trail (ATT) with its flat, fast, granite-screen course. TRM qualifies as many as 15 percent of competitors for the Boston Marathon and in 2014 was named among the top nine best new marathons by Runner’s World Magazine.
The Tobacco Road Marathon Association (TRMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated with its sponsors to providing financial assistance to its partner charities by channeling the passions of the North Carolina Triangle area’s running community into a powerful force for good.
All proceeds go to these charities: the JDRF, the American Red Cross, Hope For The Warriors, and the Rails to Trails Conservancy as well as Wake County Parks and Recreation. TRMA is an all-volunteer organization and contributes 100 percent of proceeds generated by its events to charity - gifting $916,000 to date.
The full and half marathon courses follow the same path for two miles then diverge as full marathon runners head north and those in the half turn south on the ATT. The first two and last two miles of the courses are on paved roads – the rest are on the ATT. The runners will start from the USA Baseball & Thomas Brooks Park in Cary. The course is devoid of hills and the average high temperature for the date (51 degrees Fahrenheit) delivers an ideal performance environment.
TRM is fast, flat, and fun - with a live music after-race party that features free Papa John's Pizza, Great Harvest Bread, Diamond Springs Water, Sunkist fruits and recovery foods you expect as well as free craft beer from Appalachian Mountain Brewery! You'll also find our expo packed with the supplies you need for speed, comfort, and yes, more fun.