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The Northern Central Trail Marathon and two person Marathon Relay are held the Saturday after Thanksgiving in northern Baltimore County, Maryland. The majority of the course is run on the scenic and flat Northern Central Railroad Trail. The Two-Person Relay covers the same route at the same time as the marathon. Each team member runs a 13.1 mile leg of the relay.
This year's races begin at 8:30AM on Saturday November 26th.
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.
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.
Marathon: $75 through June 30 | $85 after
Marathon Relay: $150 through June 30 | $170 after