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NCR Marathon and 1/2 Marathon
The Northern Central Trail Marathon and Half Marathon are held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in northern Baltimore County, Maryland. The majority of the course is run on the scenic and flat Northern Central Railroad Trail. REGISTER HERE: This year’s races begin at 8:30AM on Saturday November 24th. The marathon is the MD RRCA State Trail Marathon Championship and was profiled in the January 2009 issue of Runner’s World magazine as an alternate marathon you should consider. Course The race is an out and back course primarily along the Northern Central Railroad Trail. The North Central Railroad was one of the first railroads in America, dating back to 1832. For 140 years, trains compacted and groomed what was to become our NCR trail. That’s a lot of compacting and grooming! No wonder it is perfectly packed dirt and limestone! The trail winds along the Gunpowder River, through quiet farmland. The start is at historic Oldfields School and will go downhill on Glencoe Road. approximately 0.8 miles to the NCR trail where it will turn right onto the trail and will go out and back along the NCR trail. Runners will enjoy finishing at Glencoe Road, wrapping themselves in their coveted NCR blanket, donning their cool medal, and appreciating a well earned 0.8 mile ride to the post race party at the renovated Oldfields Gymnasium! Majority of course is on flat rail trail USATF-certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier Water stops with Gatorade every 3 to 3.5 miles Chip timing Race Start 8:30 AM AWARDS Marathon and Half Marathon finishers will receive a medal at the finish. Unique awards based on the Northern Central Railway heritage for overall, masters, and age-group winners will be presented at an awards ceremony in the Oldfields gym following the race. Awards will not be mailed. Overall and masters award winners are not eligible for age group awards. Award Categories Overall Male and Female Marathon (3 deep) Overall Male and Female Masters Marathon (1 deep) Male & Female Age Groups Marathon (2 deep) Start Times and Time Limits Start Times: Marathon: 8:30am - 6 hour time limit Half Marathon: 9:00am - 5.5 hour time limit Parking There will be limited parking at the school for volunteers, runners transporting volunteers, and carpools of 4 or more. Preference will be given to volunteers. ALL OTHERS - Parking will be at a satellite lot on York Rd. behind Pulse Fitness. The address is 14630 York Rd., Sparks-Glencoe, MD. Runners will be bussed from the lot to the school starting at 6:45am and ending at 7:45am. Runners must be on the bus no later than 7:45am to ensure being at the school at the start of the race. Transportation back to the lot will run until 3:30pm. We have added a generous number of spot a pots at Oldfields and there will be a spot-a-pot at the satellite parking for your convenience. Spectators The NCR Trail will be open for public use before during and after the race. We ask that you are mindful of others using the trail should you wish to see your runner along the course. A courtesy bus will run from the satellite parking lot to the school from 7:45am to 3:30pm that spectators are allowed to use.

Oldfields School

1500 Glencoe Road · Sparks Glencoe

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