Sun September 27, 2020 Bel Air, MD 21014 US Directions
Running isn't cancelled!

The MDXC - Bel Air race has reached capacity and no additional spots will be added.

Race #2 of the MDXC Series takes place on October 11th in Hunt Valley and is currently NOT sold out. Head here for information on that race and to register!

Tollgate Park
704 N. Tollgate Road
Bel Air, MD US 21014

We are excited to announce the opening race of the 2020 Maryland XC Series! Complete information on the event can be found below, and any questions can be sent to We hope you'll join us!

How It Works


Online registration is available up through the beginning of the race on September 27th, and is the preferred method of registration. Based on availability, limited in-person registrations will be accepted at packet pickup and on race day. If the race reaches capacity no additional entries will be accepted. The number of entries currently available is displayed under the division above.


Entry Fee

$25 through September 24 at 11:59 PM
$30 after September 24, including packet pickup and race day


Race Shirt

You can purchase a MDXC shirt for an additional $5 during your online registration, or $10 at packet pickup & on race day. Shirts are a super comfortable cotton/poly blend and available in unisex sizes small through XL.


Packet Pickup

Race packets will be available for pickup at the following times and locations:

Friday, September 25th from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Charm City Run Bel Air
126 South Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

Sunday, September 27th from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Tollgate Park
704 N. Tollgate Road
Bel Air, MD US 21014

Please remember to wear a face covering when you come to pick up your race materials!


Race Format

Traditional cross country races feature a mass start on an extended starting line. Due to COVID-19 we have opted to split the start of the race into waves - there is no mass start. Runners that sign up and join a team will start together with their team and be assigned a wave number closer to race day. Runners that do not join a team will receive their wave assignment in an email closer to race day as well. On race day, runners are free to warm up on the property as needed and should remain socially distanced. The starter will call individual waves to the starting line beginning at 9:00 AM where teams/small groups will be sent off one at a time in a staggered format. This process allows for separation between groups and less congestion on the course. All runners will receive an official chip time.

The race will be held rain or shine.


Team Competition

We understand that many high school and college athletes will not have the chance to compete as a team in cross country this fall. We want to try and solve that problem by introducing a team competition! Athletes can form teams of 5 people to compete against other teams in their chosen division (middle school, high school, college, and open/mixed). Only teams in the open/mixed division can have a mix of ages and/or genders. We will score complete teams (5 people) by cumulative time (the total time it took each member of the team to complete the course).



The 5k course starts and ends in the lower grass field at Tollgate Park. Runners will run on grass through the Tollgate Park and Harford Equestrian Center properties. There are minimal stretches on paved surfaces, so spikes are acceptable. A course map will be posted shortly.

Click here for a course map.



We will give out awards as follows:

  • 1st place male and female teams in the middle school, high school ,and college divisions
  • 1st place team in the open/mixed division.
  • 1st-3rd place male and female runners in the middle school, high school, college, and open/mixed divisions
COVID-19 Race Protocols

We take health and safety very seriously. Based on guidance from the CDC and local health departments we have created the following operating protocols for MDXC:

  1. All race staff will wear face coverings for the duration of the event.
  2. Race registration will be limited to 250 individuals
  3. All registrants will receive an email 3 days prior to the race reminding runners who feel ill or believe they may have come in contact with someone exposed to COVID-19 to stay home.
  4. Hand sanitizer stations will be positioned at the packet pickup area, starting line, and finish line. Participants will be encouraged to utilize them throughout the event.
  5. Runners will not be required to wear masks while running, but must wear a face covering before and after the race while at the park.
About the Maryland XC Series

The second of the Maryland XC Series is MDXC Hunt Valley on Sunday, October 11th. Please join us! Click here to register and also for more race information.

The Maryland XC Series (MDXC) was created to give athletes an opportunity to compete in cross country races around the state. With the cancellation of many fall athletic seasons and open competitions, the need to bring runners of all ages and abilities together safely was evident. Charm City Run and the Live Give Run Foundation have prepared a race environment that will allow for safe and exciting racing action among individuals and runner-created teams. We hope to include 4 races in the series, and will continue to update information as additional dates and locations are confirmed. We look forward to welcoming everyone this fall!

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.


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