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Race Dates

2016: Saturday, November 26, 2016
2015: Saturday, November 28, 2015

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Mostly on Trails
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 38°F (3°C)
Average High: 43°F (6°C)
Average Low: 32° F (0°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.89
Course Score: 98.89

Race Size

2015: 313 Finishers
2014: 338 Finishers
2013: 422 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 15%
2014: 15.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

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.

Marathon Rankings

The North Central Rail Trail Marathon was the 210th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 205th largest in 2014.

Last year 15% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 15.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the North Central Rail Trail Marathon the 83rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 76th highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 98.89 ranks it as the 197th 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 137th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Maryland.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 507 feet (154m)
Min Elevation: 249 feet (75m)


Ratings & Reviews: None

Finish Time Equivalent

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