Trail marathon adds kick to fall schedule Northern Central offers fast course

October 13, 1992|By Michael Reeb | Michael Reeb,Staff Writer

You've done your requisite marathon training program. You've done your speed work and your weekly long run.

You've even done a half-marathon or two for good measure.

For those who weren't lucky enough to get into the New York City Marathon or don't want to run in Notebook

Washington's Marine Corps Marathon, the Northern Central Trail Marathon might be the thing for you.

Run mostly over the multi-use recreational Northern Central Trail in northern Baltimore County -- the first 1 1/2 miles are run on the road -- the marathon was begun two years ago, after the Maryland Marathon was suspended. The run will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 on Sparks Road near Sparks Elementary School.

"The idea actually came out of a [Baltimore] Road Runners [Club] meeting as something to replace the Maryland Marathon so Baltimore would have a marathon," race director Dave Cooley of the BRRC said last week.

The marathon has grown from a field of 97 the first year to 160 last year.

"It was a committee process," Cooley said about the creation of the marathon and the involvement of the BRRC, which had helped with the logistics of the Maryland Marathon. "We wanted to keep some continuity, but we didn't want to become involved with the city or the county. We didn't want to do something grandiose but do a good runners' marathon."

If running on a multi-use recreational trail and over a course that is slightly downgrade over its last 12.5 miles are to your liking, then the Northern Central Trail Marathon might be an attractive addition to a fall marathon schedule.

"To me, marathoners are a different breed," Cooley said. "When you provide an event like this -- and being on the trail is a little different -- it gives runners another opportunity to qualify for Boston on a real fast course."

Entry fees are $15 and, on race day, $20. For information, call Cooley at (410) 494-8649.


Lyn Brooks, 44, of Baltimore completed her 13th consecutive Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii on Saturday. Brooks, who holds the record for consecutive Ironman finishes, said: "Conditions were ideal. We had an overcast sky for just about the entire event, and the temperatures were comfortable." Other area finishers: George Altiera, 34, Columbia, 9:35; Chuck Nabit, 37, Baltimore, 12:55. . . . You don't need to be an alumnus of City College or Poly to run in the City-Poly 5K on Nov. 7, beginning at City College at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $10. For information, call (410) 435-4188. . . . 1st National Bank won the Briefcase Relay 5K at the Inner Harbor on Thursday night. . . . Ernie Silversmith, 61, of the Baltimore Road Runners Club, ran a 4:53 at the Twin Cities Marathon in Minneapolis-St. Paul nine days ago.

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