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NCR Marathon and Half Marathon

  • 1500 Glencoe Road Sparks Glencoe, MD, 21152 United States (map)


Welcome to the 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 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 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.

In order to accommodate the most number of participants that are permitted we will not be able to offer a relay event this year.

We 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 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 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.

Entry Fees

NCR has the best swag! Entrants will receive a high quality garment, and every finisher receives a great NCR medal and the coveted NCR blanket.


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

Race Information


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: 1500 Glencoe Rd, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152

  • 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 Time: 8:30am

  • Time Limit: 6 Hours

Start Times and Time Limits

Start Times:

Marathon: 8:30am - 6 hour time limit

Half Marathon: 9:00am - 5.5 hour time limit

Packet Pickup

11/23/18 - 11:00am to 6:00pm
Falls Road Running Store
6247 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21209

11/24/18 - 7:00am to 8:00am
Race Day Packet Pickup - Oldfields Gym


Marathon and Half Marathon finishers will receive a medal at the finish. Awards 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. You must be present to receive your award including cash. 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 Marathon and Half Marathon

Overall Male and Female ( 3 deep )
Overall Male and Female Masters ( 1 deep )
Male and Female 5 year age groups ( 2 deep )


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 run until 3:30pm. We have added a generous number of spot a pots at Oldfields and there will be a spot-a-pot at the satellite parking 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.


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.