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Charm City Run 20 Miler

Sunday September 20th, 2020

Freeland, MD

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Sunday, September 19th, 2021 at 8 a.m.

Please join us for the Charm City Run 20 Miler along the NCR Trail. The NCR Trail is a hardpacked, dirt surface and part of the “Rails to Trail” program. This race is a great training or peak event to prepare for a fall marathon. Max 300 runners. 

Entry Fees:

$40.00 through December 31st (Special Early Bird Price)

$45.00 through May 31st 

$50.00 through August 31st

$55.00 through September 17th

$60.00 after September 17th

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

Add $10 to the entry fee if you want bus transportation to the start and please indicate such on your registration.


Want to run for free? With our referral program you can have your registration fee refunded!

Here is how it works:

1. Register online for the Charm City Run 20 Miler.
2. Receive a unique referral link via your confirmation page and email.
3. Share this link with your friends, family or post on social media.
4. After 5 registrants sign up using your unique referral link you will automatically receive a refund of your registration fee.

There is a 300-runner capacity on this race.

Virtual Option:

We have created a virtual race option for those who would like to participate but are not local, or do not feel comfortable attending an in-person race at this time. Here's how the virtual race works:

1. Register for the virtual event, and sign up for text or e-mail notifications
2. Your race swag will be available for pickup at our Saturday packet pickup, or can be mailed to you.
3. You'll receive a text or email (if you opt in) when the race "starts" on September 18th.
4. Run your race and submit your results either by text message or email (if you've opted in) or by heading to the results page here by September 19th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time). Results update in real time as people submit their times. Be sure to take a selfie and post on the runsignup.com photo page here.

Virtual race performances are not eligible for the overall event awards, but we'll certainly be acknowledging the winners in our post-race communication.

Packet Pick-up:

Saturday, September 18th from 1PM-3PM
Charm City Run - Timonium
2045 York Road
Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day
On-site beginning at 6 a.m.

If you wish for someone else to pick up your packet for you, they must present the QR code that is sent to you in this pre race email.

PLEASE NOTE: Race bibs are not available for pickup at the starting line. If you plan to pick up on race day you must do so at Ashland Marketplace where the buses pick up.

Parking and Buses:

There is no parking at the start of the race in Freeland, MD. The trail parking lot is reserved for other trail users, and we need to leave space for others to enjoy the trail as well. You can arrange your own drop-off at the race start, or ride the bus from Ashland Marketplace if you purchased bus transportation during registration.

The first bus will leave Ashland Marketplace at 6:15 a.m. Buses will leave every 15 minutes thereafter, provided they are full. The last bus will leave at 7:15 a.m. Transportation is not guaranteed for race-day registrants. If you have yet to register for the bus, transportation can be added to your registration by attending a packet pick up session prior to the event or adding it online by following the steps below:

1. Go to your runsignup.com profile page
2. Click on "manage registration" to the right of the race listing under your upcoming events
3. Select add-on from top menu and complete process.

Bus transportation cannot be added on race day, and masks are required on the bus - no exceptions. There is no return transportation to the start area provided.


Performance shirts to all participants; medical coverage on course; water and Gatorade at designated sites; post-race refreshments at the finish line area.

NOTE: Fluids are available only about every three miles. It is recommended runners carry their own fluid replacement and/or energy supplement.



The 20 Miler course has a few modifications this year. Runners will start on the trail near the Freeland NCR Trail parking area. The course will briefly run north before turning around to head south. Once you arrive at Paper Mill Road runners will make a right turn to run in the coned shoulder for roughly 1/4 mile and then make another right turn to finish on Arrowood Road.

An unofficial course map can be found here. Exact location of start, northern turnaround, and finish line are subject to the official measurement 

The NCR Trail is a hard-packed, dirt surface and part of the "Rails To Trail" program. The trail is open to casual runners, horse riders and bikers during our event. Please be gracious to all. This is the same trail used for the Northern Central Trail Marathon.

For a map of the NCR Trail please click here.

Medical coverage on course; water and Gatorade at designated sites; post-race refreshments at the finish line area.

NOTE: Fluids are available only about every three miles. It is recommended runners carry their own fluid replacement and/or energy supplement.


Cash awards to top three male and female finishers overall ($150, $75, $50); masters ($50).

Gift cards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over.


Post Race:

A shuttle will be provided for the return to Ashland Marketplace. We will have water, Gatorade and post race snacks at the finish line. Although there will not be an official award ceremony, we will have awards present at the finish line. You can check on the race runsignup.com results page to see if you placed and we will be happy to present you with your award.

Event Guidelines:

Please no baby joggers, strollers, roller blades, skates, bikes, dogs, pets or headphones allowed on the race course. Your race number must be worn on your front and must be visible. DO NOT exchange or give your race number to another participant.

Race results will be posted online at CharmCityRun.com.

Race Distances

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Places to Stay

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Start Location

NCR Trail, Freeland, MD

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