SEPT. 30

LOWELL — The fifth annual Kerouac 5K Road Race will begin at 12 p.m. at Hookslide Kelly’s, 19 Merrimack St. The course connects Kerouac Park, Fort Hill Park and Shedd Park. Entry fee $15 or $20 post-entry. Race day registration opens at 10 a.m. Race proceeds will established a Jack Kerouac scholarship that will be awarded to a Lowell High senior planning to major in journalism. T-shirts to first 300 entrants. Call Eleanor McGarry at 978-452-0784 or e-mail

SEPT. 30

READING — The third annual 13.1 Happy Birthday Road Race, a 13.1-mile Half-Marathon and 5-kilometer run, will be held at 10 a.m. The start and finish are at the RMA Fitness Center on Middlesex Avenue across from Reading Cooperative Bank with most of the race winding through Wilmington. Cost is $15 pre-registration and $20 post for the 5K and $20 pre-/$25 post for the half-marathon. Make checks payable to: Wilmington’s Half-Marathon and mail entry to Laura Ahern, 49 Ashwood Ave., Wilmington, Ma. 01887. Call Ahern at 978-447-5045 or Tom Pazyra at 978-658-6640.

OCT. 7

HAVERHILL — The 21st annual Bobby Bell 5-Mile Road Race/Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. (walk) and 11 a.m. (run). Pre-entry fee $15; post-entry fee $20. T-shirts to first 50 walker entries/400 runner entries. Benefits Haverhill DARE, Haverhill Police Auxiliares, and the Andover Striders. Contact David LaBrode at 978-373-3408 or 978- 376-8289.