Northern Central Trail Marathon & Two Person Relay

Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 8:30 AM (EST)
Northern Central Trail SparksMD  21152
Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 8:30 AM (EST)
Northern Central Trail SparksMD  21152

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Online Registration for the Team Relay is closed!

Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Sparks Elementary School
601 Belfast Rd.
Sparks, Md. 21152

The course will close promptly at 2:30 p.m. Any participants remaining on the course after the 6-hour time limit will be swept.

Entry Fees:
$75 for marathon, $150 for team until July 31
$85 for marathon, $170 for team until Oct. 15
$95 for marathon, $190 for team from Oct. 16 until close of registration

Do not mail entries after Nov. 18. This race is part of the Md. State Grand Prix racing series. If you are a MRRCA member, please indicate club initial on entry form.

NO race-day registration; marathon is limited to 550 entrants, no one under 16 years of age allowed in marathon; teams limited to 40, no one under 14 allowed as a team member.

Packet Pick-up
Wednesday, Nov. 21
1-7 p.m.
Charm City Run Timonium
2045 York Rd., Timonium, Md.

Friday, Nov. 23
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Charm City Run Timonium
2045 York Rd., Timonium Md.

Race Day
beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Directions and Parking: Take Exit 24 off I-83. Approximately quarter of a mile to school entrance. Parking is very limited at the school. We will provide a shuttle bus service from the parking lot at 14550 York Road (Western Run Business Park) beginning at 6:30 a.m. and back to the parking lot post race.

Directions to Western Run Business Park
From I-83 South: Exit east on Belfast Rd., go past Sparks Elementary School. Turn right on York Rd. (MD 45) for 1.3 miles on your right.
From I-83 North: Exit east on Shawan Rd. past Hunt Valley Mall to York Rd. (MD 45) Turn left and parking is 2.1 miles north.

Course: USATF-certified and a Boston qualifier; Runners must complete the course in six hours (a 13:45 minute pace); runners must clear the 13.1 point in three hours or less in order to continue on the course. A runner can't run as an individual and as part of a team. Each team member runs 13.1 miles. Second runner will be transported to exchange point by bus and first runner will be transported back to the school.

Starts and finishes at Sparks Elementary School. First 1.8 miles on road to get to trail, travel north on a dirt and crushed stone trail for 11.7 miles before returning for 11.2 miles before reaching the last 1.5 miles on road to return to the school. Slight upgrade on trail going out and slight downgrade on the return.

View the course map including elevation.
The current map is slightly in error. The turnaround point is at 13.5 miles at Bentley Springs Road. As soon as we have an updated map, it will be posted.

NCR Pace Policy
Runners must be at the 13.1 mile/turnaround mark by 11:30 a.m. or at the 20-mile mark by 1:10 p.m. Runners arriving at the 13.1 mile/turnaround mark after the designated time will be directed to the finish line and not allowed to complete the entire course. Anyone not completing the entire course will not receive an official NCR Marathon race time or result.

Amenities: Hot soup and other foods at the school on your return; water and Gatorade on the trail approximately every 3-3.5 miles; medals to marathon finishers and relay teams; warm waiting area and baggage drop in school gym; unique awards based on the Northern Central Railway heritage. (This is a "Rails to Trails" course.)

Premiums: Running vest and a special finishers' premium as well.

Awards: top five men and women overall and top two men and women in the masters category. Top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over. Medals and certificates to all marathon finishers. Overall and masters winners are not eligible for age group awards.

Top two teams in each of the following categories: male, female, co-ed and senior (Total age: 110 years); medals to all team finishers.

Cash awards of $150 for new event records in male, female, open and masters. Event records are as follows: open men: 2:25:18; open women: 2:47:25; masters men: 2:36:03; masters female: 3:04:02.
Awards will not be mailed.

MDRRCA Grand Prix Series: The 2012 NCR Trail Marathon is the 11th and final race of the 2012 MDRRCA Grand Prix Series. To be eligible to score points for this series, an Northern Central Trail Marathon participant must have indicated his or her Maryland RRCA club affiliation when registering for the race. MDRRCA GPS awards are presented at the MDRRCA 10 Mile Club Challenge in February 2013 in Columbia, Md.

Timing and Scoring by Charm City Timing using IPICO chips. Chip must be worn on the shoe and returned at finish line. Runners will be invoiced $30 for failure to return chip.

For more information, contact Dave Cooley, race director; Kelly Dees, operations management; or visit the Baltimore Road Runners Club Web site.

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