Important SATURDAY Pre-Registration and SUNDAY Race Day Information


 (Race logo design by Robert Lussier)

Thank you to all the run/walkers/canal dashers who have registered or still wish to register for the 2nd Annual LHC North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk on Sunday, May 17, 2015!


SATURDAY Pre-Registration and Bib #/T-Shirt Pick-Up

  • Pre-registration and Bib/T-Shirt Pick-Up will be available on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex Street, Lawrence

SUNDAY Race Day Registration

  • Registration will begin at 7:45 am in the lobby of the Everett Mill, 15 Union Street, Lawrence.
  • Bib number, t-shirts, etc. will be available for pick-up at that time.
  • We will be accepting walk-up registrations on race day.

Directions and Parking at the Everett Mills

Race Start Time / Awards and Prize Raffle

  • The 5k road race will begin promptly at 9:00 am. The Kid's Canal Dash will go first at 8:50 am, then the runners, and then the walkers. Participants will be called to the staging area near the intersection of Union and Canal Street at least 10 minutes prior to the start.
  • Note: the Kid's Dash will be on Canal Street. Canal Street will be closed from the intersection to the Lawrence Heritage State Park to ensure the safety of our Dashers!
  • The Award Ceremony and Prize Raffle will take place at the end of the race so don't leave too quickly!


  • Volunteers will be at registration, at the Start/Finish line, and along the route to assist you. Please do not hesitate to ask them questions. They are a friendly bunch who want to help make your morning safe and enjoyable. And they are proud of you for participating!
  • Signage will be in place along the route to keep you on course!

Water Stations and End of Race Refreshments

  • There will be 2 water stations -- one on Lowell Street by the Police Department and one at the Start/Finish line.
  • Light refreshments (e.g. bananas, cookies, etc.) will be available at the Finish line for participants.

Rest Rooms

  • Portalets will be available at the Start/Finish Line.
  • From 9:00 - 4:00 pm, the facilities at the Lawrence Heritage State Park, 1 Jackson Street, will be also available.

OPEN HOUSE at the Lawrence History Center from  10:30 AM - Noon

  • Please join us for an OPEN HOUSE at the Lawrence History Center, 6 Essex Street, Lawrence after the race from 10:30 am to Noon.
  • Local author and director of libraries at Northern Essex Community College  Mike Hearn will be available to speak about and sign copies of his book, The History of the Essex Company! See below for more information about the book!

Remembering LHC Volunteer Al Koch

Al in doorway_0.jpgThe Lawrence History Center is sad to announce the death of long time friend and volunteer Al Koch. Al passed away on April 24, 2015 at the age of 90.

Al was a remarkable and brilliant man. He served the country with honor and bravery during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman Badge, three Battle Stars, the Distinguished Unit Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal. Al held degrees in physics and mathematics and worked as a physicist for Textron Defense Systems. Al could always be counted on to greet you with a salute, a smile and a quick lesson in German!

Phyllis Tyler recalls, "I didn't know Al for very long, but I always thought of him as a warm, unassuming man who was nice to everybody - like a favorite uncle you were always glad to see." LHC director Susan Grabski agrees, "I met Al only a few times, but he was always friendly and willing to lend a hand. He will be missed."

Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA) to be the lead sponsor of the Lawrence History Center 2nd Annual North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk on May 17, 2015

April 8, 2015


Contact(s): Susan Grabski, Executive Director, Lawrence History Center, 978-686-9230

Enel Green Power North America (EGP-NA) to be the lead sponsor of the Lawrence History Center 2nd Annual North Canal Classic 5k Run/Walk on May 17, 2015

Lawrence, MA – On May 17th The Lawrence History Center will host its 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk in the North Canal District of Lawrence to raise awareness of the history of the community, and to promote fitness and economic and cultural development in the City of Lawrence.


Tue–Fri: 9am-4pm
Sat: By appt
Sun-Mon: Closed

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6 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

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Founded in 1978 as the Immigrant City Archives, the mission of the Lawrence History Center is to collect, preserve, share, and animate the history and heritage of Lawrence and its people.