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 trail surface is a compacted combination of dirt and fine stone. The trail winds along the Gunpowder River, through quiet farmland. The start is at historic Oldfields School and will go downhill on Glencoe Rd. approximately .6 miles to the NCR trail where it will turn right onto the trail and will go out along the NCR trail to the turn around and then come back along the trail to finish on the trail back at Glencoe Rd. making this course the fastest Boston Qualifier for hundreds of miles.

  • 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 


1500 Glencoe Rd., Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152

Start Time: 8:30am

Time Limit: 6 Hours


Updated Course Map Coming Soon         

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


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 (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)

$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 Teams Individual Half
Registration Date
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 $120 $200 $100

Register by clicking here, via Ultra Signup.

Check for your 2017 registration here

Northern Central Trail Marathon
Half Marathon
& Two Person Relay