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Charm City Run 20 Miler

  • The Northern Central Trail Freeland, MD (map)

The 2019 Charm City Run 20 Miler
is now Sold Out!

Please join us for the Charm City Run 20 Miler along the NCR Trail. The NCR Trail is a hardpacked, dirt surface and part of the “Rails to Trail” program. This race is a great training or peak event to prepare for a fall marathon. Max 350 runners. 

Entry Fees

$40 through April 30th
$45 through June 30th
$50 through August 31st
$55 through September 19th
$60 after September 19th

Click here for a downloadable registration form.

There are no refunds of entry given or transfers of entry permitted for this event.

Add $10 to the entry fee if you want bus transportation to the start and please indicate such on your registration.

There is a 350-runner capacity on this race.


Packet Pick-up

Friday, September 20th from 1-4PM
Charm City Run - Bel Air
126 South Main Street 
Bel Air, MD 21014

Saturday, September 21st from 9AM-1PM
Charm City Run - Timonium
2045 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day
Beginning at 6 a.m. at Ashland Marketplace

Parking & Buses

There is no parking at the start, of the race in Freeland, MD. Arrange your own drop-off at the race start or ride the bus from the race-day registration and finish area at Ashland Marketplace.

The first bus will leave Ashland Marketplace at 6:15 a.m. Buses will leave every 15 minutes thereafter, provided they are full. The last bus will leave at 7:15 a.m. Transportation is not guaranteed for race-day registrants. If you have yet to register for the bus, transportation can be added to your registration by attending a packet pick up session prior to the event. Bus transportation cannot be added on race day.


Performance shirts to all participants; medical coverage on course; water, Gatorade, and gels at designated sites; post-race refreshments at the finish line area.

NOTE: Fluids are available only about every three miles. It is recommended runners carry their own fluid replacement and/or energy supplement as needed.


Cash awards to top three male and female finishers overall ($150, $75, $50); masters ($50); top three male and female finishers in following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.


To Ashland Marketplace:
From the South, East or West: I-695 to I-83 North. Follow I-83 to Exit 18 Warren Rd. Follow Warren Rd. to York Rd. (Rt 45) and turn left. Follow York Rd. approximately one mile, past Valley View Farms to Ashland Market Place on your right.

From the North: I-83 South to Shawan Rd., east to York Rd. Turn right on York Rd. Ashland Market Place is on your left after traffic signal at Ashland Rd.

To Start: The only cars permitted at the race are for drivers dropping off runners.

I-83 to Exit 36. Follow exit ramp and turn right onto York Rd. Follow York Rd. north to the town of Maryland Line. Turn left onto Freeland Rd. Drive approximately three miles to trail drop-off site on your right, just after you cross over the NCR Trail.


We have plenty of volunteering opportunities.  Please click the link below to read more and register to volunteer.


The course is 20 miles downgrade on the Northern Central Railroad Trail. The NCR Trail is a hard-packed, dirt surface and part of the "Rails To Trail" program. The trail is open to casual runners, horse riders and bikers during our event. Please be gracious to all. This is the same trail used for the Northern Central Trail Marathon. This race is a great training or peak event to prepare for a fall marathon. Course maps available at packet pick-up.

For a map of the NCR Trail please click here.


Please review the Charm City Run Weather and Event Cancellation policy here prior to registering for this event. If you have any questions about the policy please email us at prior to registering. 

Transfer Policy

We allow transfers up to one week prior to race day. There is a $10 processing fee for transfers. The transfer processing fee is paid by the "new registrant". You may transfer by going into your profile on and choosing manage registration. Transfer will not be allowed after September 15th, 2019. We do not allow deferrals for the Charm City Run 20 Miler.

Event Guidelines

Please no baby joggers, strollers, roller blades, skates, bikes, dogs, pets or headphones allowed on the race course. Your race number must be worn on your front and must be visible. DO NOT exchange or give your race number to another participant.

Race results will be posted online at