Registration for 2021 is now open!

Welcome to the 30th NCR Marathon and the NCR Half Marathon presented by the Baltimore Road Runners Club! The NCR Marathon is Baltimore’s oldest continuously running marathon. BRRC also presented the historic Maryland Marathon dating back to 1973 before moving to the North Central Railroad Trail. The course has a .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 great fall Boston Qualifier.  Have a great run at the fastest marathon without the pavement!

The half marathon also starts and finishes the same as the marathon making it too uniquely fast, without significant pavement.

We start at the historic and beautiful Oldfields School campus with the course running .8 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 gymnasium 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 Maryland RRCA State Marathon Championship and was profiled in the January 2009 issue of Runner’s World magazine as an alternate marathon you should consider.

You may also enjoy 2018 NCR Marathon reviews here and here and here!




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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
  • Boston Marathon qualifier and both races are USATF certified.
  • Water stops with Gatorade every 3 to 3.5 miles. Energy gels at miles 7, 14, 16, 20
  • Chip timing

Marathon Course Map

Net Downhill 151 feet, Start Time: 8:30 am Time Limit: 6 hours

Half Marathon Course Map

Net Downhill 151 Feet, Start Time: 9:00 am, Time Limit: 5.5 Hours

Packet Pickup

Information will be posted soon.



There will be limited parking at the school for volunteers, runners transporting volunteers, and carpools of 3 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 bused 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 11:00am and run until 3:30pm. There will be portable restrooms there for your convenience.


2018 Finishers: 8 Year old Nate Viands 3 hours 32 minutes, Michael Wardian Overall Winner

Marathon and Half Marathon 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)

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!


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