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NCR Trail Snails running group forges on

NCR Trail Snails running group forges on

According to a recent New York Times article, an hour of running might add seven hours to your life; if this is true, then members of the Northern Central Railroad (NCR) Trail Snails may have found that proverbial fountain of youth.

The group of runners, whose motto is "we're behind you all the way," started as friends who wanted to informally train for marathons. Rich Desser, 59, an attorney in Reisterstown, said the group is more of a social running club, and it differentiates itself from other running clubs, which can be more competitive.

Desser has been with the group for about 15 years and didn't start competing in races until college. When he incurred a...