Come run with Team JDRF in the Tobacco Road Marathon!

Team JDRF participants join in on the fun of the Tobacco Road Marathon through miles and moments! This is your moment to fundraise and help turn type one into type none! The Tobacco Road Marathon is a great race for those who are just getting into running as the course is flat and scenic or those who are dedicated runners trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon!

When you join Team JDRF, we’re committed to supporting you with personalized training and fundraising support before and throughout the race weekend. Know that you every step you take brings us closer to our finish line—a world without T1D.

Registration is now open!

Fundraising Details

Team JDRF is a partnership: you commit to raising a minimum dollar amount and in exchange, JDRF provides you with support and fun perks in the months leading up to and throughout the Tobacco Road Marathon.

When you join Team JDRF you will receive:

  • Team JDRF training performance t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Tobacco Road Marathon or Half Marathon Registration
  • Team JDRF Family  Table at the Start/Finish Line Tent
  • Special JDRF Bag Check at JDRF Table
  • Support and training plans from JDRF Staff
  • Personal fundraising page and one on one fundraising support
  • Team JDRF Celebration
  • And much more!

Half Marathon Runner- $750

Full Marathon Runner- $750

Registration Fee is $50 for any entry and applied to your fundraising minimum.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Sarah Cunningham at scunningham@jdrf.org

Schedule of Events

Team JDRF events are designed for runners and walkers from all over the country to come together and meet new people in a fun, energetic atmosphere while being surrounded by the T1D community! After all your dedication, fundraising, and training, you’ll come together at race weekend and have a fun-filled experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Friday, March 15th, 2019
• Pre-Race Expo (3pm-8pm)
o Embassy Suites of Cary, located at 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513

Saturday March 16th, 2019
• Pre-Race Expo ( 10:00am-5:00pm)
o Embassy Suites of Cary, located at 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary, NC 27513

Sunday March 17th, 2017
• Half Marathon/ Full Marathon Start 7:00am
• Team JDRF Start/Finish Line Table with Bag Check 5:30am

Be sure to visit the Tobacco Road Marathon event site for specific event day and weekend details including:
• Race day parking and transportation information
• Packet Pick Up
• Post- Race Party details

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can run?

Team JDRF is in alignment with the Tobacco Road Marathon minimum age requirements:

No minimum age. Everyone can participate in the Tobacco Road Marathon.

How much time do I have to commit to this?

How much time you train is completely up to you. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training 16 weeks before a full marathon and 12 weeks before a half marathon.

Does the $50 registration fee count towards my fundraising?

Yes! The $50 required registration fee will be the first donation to your Team JDRF fundraising campaign.

Are there course time limits for each race distance?

Yes! The course time limits vary by distance and event in the Tobacco Road Marathon.  If you aren’t sure if you want further details on time limits, click here.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, as a participant, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum of $750. In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months and weeks leading up to the Tobacco Road Marathon. Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums and benefits.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimums?

Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise, and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the fundraising resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! Contact your JDRF Staff Member if you need additional assistance brainstorming ideas to help you reach your goals. Not to worry though, if you don’t reach your minimum, which we know you will exceed, you have 30 days after the event to continue raising funds!

What if I need to drop from the race?

Any participant dropping after 30 days from their event date, for any reason, will be responsible for completing 75% of their fundraising minimum, in addition to payments to JDRF for any costs incurred for accommodations arranged for them for the race. Registration fees are non-refundable. Any donations received will remain in the participant’s account. Transferring of money to any other participant’s account is not permitted.

Isn’t it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?

Not according to our past participants. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your JDRF staff member will help you with materials, ideas and support as you meet and exceed your goal.

Will I have help fundraising?

Yes! Every participant has the support and help of the fundraising experts at their local chapter who are with them every step of the way, from the first donation to the day you exceed your minimum and increase your goal. In addition, the Team JDRF endurance program has a library of tools and tips that every registered runner has access to.

If you have any questions about your ability to meet your fundraising minimum, contact scunningham@jdrf.org and we are happy to talk fundraising with you.

What is Team JDRF?

Team JDRF provides entry into some of the country’s most exciting challenge events. Join a team that’s united in the common purpose of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.

Designed for JDRF supporters of all fitness levels, Team JDRF is a partnership. Participants commit to raising a minimum dollar amount, and in exchange JDRF provides support and coaching leading up to and throughout the challenge event.

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