Marathon & Two Person Marathon Relay | November 25, 2017

The Northern Central Trail Marathon and two person Marathon Relay . are held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in northern Baltimore County, Maryland on the scenic and flat Northern Central Railroad Trail. The popular two-person Relay covers the same route at the same time as the marathon with each team member running a 13.1 mile leg of the relay.

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.


The race is an out and back course primarily along the Northern Central Railroad Trail. The trail surface is a compacted combination of dirt and fine stone. The trail winds along the Gunpowder River, through quiet farmland. The start and finish are at Sparks Elementary School, with the first 1.8 miles being on rural paved roads as you make your way to the trail. The last 1.5 miles of the race are also on hilly paved roads. The remainder of the race is on the flat stretches of the NCR Trail.

  • 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

Start / Finish Sparks, MD

Start Time: 8:30am

Time Limit: 6 Hours


Course Map         

Packet Pickup

Falls Road Running Store, 6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209 - across from the Animal Hospital

Charm City Run, 2045 York Rd. Timonium, MD 21093


Marathon and relay 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 Sparks Elementary School 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 (5 deep)
  • Overall Male and Female Masters Marathon (1 deep)
  • Male & Female Age Groups Marathon (3 deep)

  • Overall Male and Female Relay Teams (2 deep)
  • Overall Co-ed Relay Team (2 deep)
  • Overall Senior Relay Team (total age 110+) (2 deep)

$150 award for any new marathon record.

Event Records
  • Open Men 2:25:18
  • Open Women 2:47:25
  • Masters Men 2:36:03
  • Masters Women 3:04:02


Registration Fees

Marathon Relay Team
Registration Date
through June 30 $75                 $150                
July 1 - August 31 $85 $170
September 1 - October 31          $95 $190
October 31 - race day $105 $210


Register by clicking here, via Ultra Signup.

Check for your 2016 registration here

Northern Central Trail Marathon
& Two Person Relay