“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
Jack Kerouac

Join us for this exciting fall event in historic Lowell  Massachusetts. Held on Sunday, September 25th at 11 AM, The course will begin at Kerouac Park at 75 Bridge Street.  The race will follow along the Merrimack River and back down along the riverbank.  The scenery in the fall along this great river probably gave Jack some of his inspiration for his many novels.  As you lose yourself in this beautiful stretch you will make your way back to the Aiken Street Bridge to come back to reality for the finish near the Tsongas Center.  Awards will be done back at the starting line in Kerouac Park, then everyone will be welcomed to Dudley’s courtyard for our  On the Road post race party.  


Date: September 25 , 2016

Time: 11 AM

Registration and number pickup:  10:30 AM – 11:45 AM at Kerouac Park located at 75 Bridge Street, Lowell, Massachusetts.


Kerouac Park

Start location: Kerouac Park, 75 Bridge Street, Lowell, Massachusett

Distance: 5-Kilometers along the Merrimack River. Please see course map.

Pre-Entry (online only) $35

Register: CLICK HERE to register online.

Race Day $40.

Race giveaway:  All entries received by September 18 are guaranteed a commemorative, limited edition Kerouac 5k performance technical race t-shirt. NEW this year, female fitted shirts for our women participants.shirt_front

Awards: Top males & female overall and top three in each division: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

Course: The course gives panoramic views of the Mill City Jack used as a backdrop  in many of his novels. The course is basically flat with a large percentage off-road and run on the Merrimack River bike trail on the north side of the river. Click for a course map.

Race Timing: This race is chipped timed by Yankee Timing Company.

Our Charity: A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Jack Kerouac Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund awarded annually to a Lowell High School senior  “who has distinguished himself or herself academically, wishes to pursue a college degree, and who has created work in prose, poetry, literary criticism, or journalism.”    This award is given through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and more information can be found at  the Foundation’s webpage.

Course Management: Water stops, mile markers, traffic control, medical aid emergency vehicles on standby.

Email: jessica@yankeetiming.com for additional information

 This race is dedicated to its founder Eleanor McGarry