The North Central Rail Trail Marathon is an out and back course primarily along the Northern Central Railroad Trail. 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 course are also on paved roads. The remainder of the race is on the flat stretches of the NCR Trail.
The trail surface is a compacted combination of dirt and fine stone.
The North Central Rail Trail Marathon was the 221st largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 207th largest in 2015.
Last year 17.1% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 15% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the North Central Rail Trail Marathon the 59th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 81st highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 98.89 ranks it as the 218th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Maryland.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the North Central Rail Trail Marathon a PR Score of 98.89. This PR Score ranks it as the 158th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Maryland.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.