FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
All Aboard The Northern Central Trail Marathon For The Caboose Club
When you hear the name Uncle Ben's Rice you don't equate the sport of
running. In the business there are a variety of opportunities and you
cease them. The Baltimore's Road Runners Club partnered with Uncle Ben's to
produce the first Northern Central Trail Marathon (NCTM) on Saturday,
November 24, 1990 in Sparks, Maryland.
The course was on the converted Northern Central Railroad where the last
train rolled over the tracks on June 27, 1959. The tree lined protected
course offered the opportunity to concentrate on running. The marathon is
not only about winning but the about of effort to perfect performance. The
other runners are in the race to help each others to push the pace to do
the business and to leave it all out on the trail.
The event records:
Robert Marino 2:25:18 Annapolis, MD 1995
Joanna Zieger 2:47:25 Baltimore, MD 1998
William Desmond 2:36:03 Baltimore, MD 1991
Barbara Bellows 3:04:02 Ithaca, NY 1996
On November 28, 2009 the BRRC will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the
NCTM. Through the support of the sponsors, volunteers, and the runners the
race has endured. The NCTM Caboose Club is being formed of those runners
who have completed 10 or more. The past and current runners will help to
set the future for the race.
In the first year there were 80 finishers which included nine females in
the inaugural year who helped paved the way:
Tammy Villano 3:27:06 (winner and first master)
Carol Zimmerman 3:33:56
Christy St. Clair 3:35:20
Susan Woodward 3:38:30
Abby Glassberg 3:39:01
Cheryl Dellasega 4:03:15
Margaret Smith 4:20:21
Betty Sue O'Brien 4:27:11
Wilma Lay 5:01:59
Leading the NCTM Caboose Club is Phil Anderson of Bel Air, Maryland who has
completed every year (19). In the first year his time was 3:44:58 at the
age of 45. In 1994 he turned in his best performance in 19 years with a
3:42:24 at the age of 49.
In 1991 Monika (Bachman) Bracken of Comus, Maryland was runner up with
3:16:57 and the following year she made it to the winner's circle with
3:14:30. In 1994 Bracken returned to the winner circle with her best time
of 3:00:28. Bracken has completed 12 NCTM.
S. Mark Courtney of Grove City, Penna., first ran the NCTM in 1993 and
finished in fourth place with 2:38:55. The following year Courtney turned
in his best performance as runner-up with 2:37:34. He has 11 completions
to his credit along with five master titles with a best time 2:39:28.
Marci Knapp of New Castle, Penna., in 1996 ran her first NCTM and placed
seventh in 3:26:27. The top performance was in 2001 as runner-up with a
3:12:22. In 2002 (3:25:06) and 2003 (3:28:36) she was the first master.
Knapp has completed 10 NCTMs.
George Banker of Oxon Hill, Maryland ran first in 1992 and turned in his
best performance that year (3:29:02). Banker has completed 14 NCTMs and has
been continuous since 1997.
The call is out for those runners who have completed 10 or more NCTMs. You
can send your name along with the years and times to George Banker
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Information on the Baltimore Road Runners Club and
the NCTM visit http://www.brrc.com.