Marathon, Half Marathon, & Two Person Marathon Relay | November 25, 2017

Welcome to the redesigned NCR Marathon and the new NCR Half Marathon presented by the Baltimore Road Runners Club! The new course has a .6 mile downhill road section with the remaining 25.6 miles on the NCR Trail making this the fastest marathon and Boston Qualifier for hundreds of miles!

The new half marathon will start and finish the same as the marathon making it too one of the fastest half marathons for hundreds of miles.

We will now start at the Historic and beautiful Oldfields School campus with the course running .6 miles down Glencoe Rd. to where it turns onto the NCR trail and goes out and back along the trail to finish on the trail at Glencoe Rd.

The trail surface is a compacted combination of dirt and fine stone and winds along the Gunpowder river through quiet farmland.

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 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!


Start / Finish 

  • Start / Finish: 1500 Glencoe Rd, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152
  • 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 Time: 8:30am
  • Time Limit: 6 Hours

2017 Course Map

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Flattest Marathon in Maryland!

Packet Pickup

11/24/17 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Falls Road Running Store, 6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209 - across from the Animal Hospital

11/25/17 - 7:00am to 8:00am
Race Day Packet Pickup - Oldfields Gym


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 begin at 12:30pm and run until 3:30pm. There will be a spot-a-pot there for your convenience.


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 Oldfields gym following the race. Overall and masters award winners are not eligible for age group awards. Sorry, awards will not be mailed.

Cash Awards

  • Marathon: $300, $200, $100, $50 | Master $150 M/F
  • Half Marathon: $200, $150, $100, $50 | Master $100 M/F

Award Categories

  • Overall Male and Female Marathon (3 deep)
  • Overall Male and Female Masters Marathon (1 deep)
  • Male & Female Age Groups Marathon (2 deep)
  • Overall Male and Female Relay Teams (1 deep)
  • Overall Co-ed Relay Team (2 deep)

Event Records

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

$150 will be awarded for a new marathon record!



Registration Fees

Registration Date Marathon Relay Teams Individual Half
through June 30 $80                      $120                      $60                     
July 1 - August 31 $90                      $140                      $70                     
September 1 - October 31          $100 $160 $80
November 1 - Close          $110 $180 $90
Race Day (if available) $120 $200 $100

Register by clicking here, via Ultra Signup.

Check for your 2017 registration here

NCR Marathon, Half Marathon
& Two Person Relay