The Northern Central Trail Marathon, two person Marathon Relay and 8K 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. An 8K was added in 2014.
The marathon is the MD RRCA State Trail Marathon Championship and was profiled in the January 2009 issue of Runners 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.
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.
$150 award for any new marathon record.
Registration for the 2015 races is expected to open around mid March. Please check back here then for registration links. The Two-Person Relay is limited to 40 teams and always fills up early, typically within 60 days of registration opening.
2014 Registration Fees
|Registration Date||Marathon||Relay Team||Adult 8K||Student 8K|
|through June 30||$75||$150||$30||$25|
|July 1 through August 31||$85||$170||$30||$25|
|September 1 through October 31||$95||$190||$35||$30|
|October 31 through close of registration||$100||$200||$35||$30|
|Note: Runners will be invoiced for $30 for failure to return timing chip.|