Tobacco Road Marathon

Tobacco Road Marathon

Tobacco Road Marathon

( 17 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Cary,
    North Carolina,
    United States
  • March
  • 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Trail Race

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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.


PETERSBURG, Virginia, United States
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Brian 's thoughts:

The Tobacco Road Marathon would be my 16th marathon quickly becoming one of my favorites, and one I will run again.

Packet Pick Up. Simple and to the point…at some of the big city marathons the race expo up-stages the race. I’ve logged nearly as many miles trying to get thu one big city marathon as I did running the race and left feeling beat up. NOT with Tobacco Road I left this expo with my needed items and ready for the following race day. The expo features plenty of vendors to meet your needs but not so many as to overwhelm you.

Race Day Parking: I dropped the ball here for a nominal fee I could have purchased an on site parking pass, but someone I forgot too. Even with that snafu, the organizer had easy to access and safe “runner drop off zones” where us runners could be dropped off near race start. There was also shuttle service from off site parking.

Starting Line and Runners Village: The most important thing on race morning is the potta-pottie line. This was the first race where I thought, “hey, they have enough johns for the crowd.” Yes there were lines but they moved fast, I set a new PR in my line with less than a 10 minute wait. Even made a few new friends…. Try that at NYC, MCM, or Chicago!

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