Welcome to the redesigned NCR Marathon and new NCR Half Marathon!!!!
Welcome to the redesigned NCR Marathon and the new NCR Half Marathon presented by the Baltimore Road Runners Club! The new course has a 0.8 mile downhill road section with the remaining 25.4 miles on the NCR Trail making this unique in being a net downhill, fast marathon, enjoying a hard packed surface. This is a good fall Boston Qualifier. Have a great run without the pavement!
The new half marathon will also start and finish the same as the marathon making it too uniquely fast, without significant pavement.
We will now start at the Historic and beautiful Oldfields School campus with the course running 0.6 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. Runners will also enjoy the Oldfields School gymasium for their post race fun including food, music and awards.
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.
Marathon $300, $200, $100, $50 Master $150 M/F
Half Marathon $200, $150, $100, $50 Master $100 M/F
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!
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.
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.
Local time: 7:55 AM