~ Free to Attend ~
September 22nd, 2018
The 2018 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race
Welcome to the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, taking place on Saturday, September 22nd 2018 in Lowell, MA! If you don’t know already, this event is FREE to attend and for ALL AGES!
UPDATED MAP FOR 2018 COMING SOON.
What is a Kinetic Sculpture Race?
Kinetic Sculptures are all-terrain, human-powered vehicles with an art twist. These engineering feats will be racing through the streets of Lowell, going down the ‘Bone-Shaker Alley’ of Middle Street to the Maddening Mud Pit near the Tsongas Center then off to brave the waters of the Merrimack River at the Heritage State Park/ Sampas Pavilion where they will emerge to race back to the finish line on Market Street.
What you should do!
Wear a costume! Teams will be vying for the coveted People’s Choice Award, so they will be extremely motivated to bribe you with some candy, baked goods, small artwork, stickers or even something wearable. You are more likely to get a bribe if you are wearing a costume, funny hat, tiara, feather boa, whatever suits your fancy, and we mean f-a-a-a-ncy!
Just to give you an idea of how fa-a-a-a-abulous you could look/should look, meet Kaia, the official Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race Mascot. If you see her on race day, take a selfie with her and she’ll give you some LKSR swag. Make sure to tag us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
If you choose, you could bring your bike (wear a helmet) to follow along the race route behind the judges in their chariot and the Nurse Brigade, you could make your way to each of the other obstacles via foot or the COOL bus that will transport people during the entire race. The other option is to arrive at the Start/Finish Line on Market St. in time for the opening ceremony and start of the race and spend the day listening to two great bands and enjoying the Family Fun Zone.
Here is where to be!!
Schedule of Events
8AM – 4PM
(Market Street – near the intersection of Palmer St.)
One block of Market Street will be open to only pedestrian & bike traffic
and packed with not only the START and FINISH of the race, but live music,
activities, local personalities, and the family fun zone all day.
8:30AM – 10:30AM
Meet the Machines
See the sculptures and meet the racers.
The Official START of the 2018 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race
Machines head from the start line for an immediate loop down
‘Bone-Shaker Alley’ (Middle Street)
shuttle services begins to the other venues – or ride your bike!
11AM – 3PM
Family Fun Zone, Activities and Music
featuring live painting by Jeff Lipsky
(Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Lot)
Racers tackle the Maddening Mud Pit
12PM – 4PM
(DCR Lowell Heritage State Park,
VFW Highway, across from Heritage Farm Ice Cream)
Outdoor activities, Lawn Games, Food Trucks & Live Music
featuring Bo Joeman and the Sarcasmatics
(DCR Lowell Heritage State Park)
Sculptures sink or swim as they enter the
Merrimack River Water Obstacle
The survivors race back to Market Street for the dramatic finish.
2PM – 4PM
The spectacular FINISH of the 2018 Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race
Rooftop Bubbles by MJ Bujold
Want to know who won what awards, come hang out with the racers, volunteers and other dignitaries at the after party/awards ceremony – Venue Announcement coming soon!
We will be providing 2 shuttles (one is ADA accessible) that will travel in a loop between the venues from 11AM-4PM on race day. Pick-up/drop-off locations are as follows:
– START/FINISH: Intersection of Market & Palmer on the parking garage side of the street
– MUD VENUE: Along the outside of the rotary closest to the venue
– WATER VENUE: On the EAST side of 113 (VFW Parkway) closest to Rynne Beach
Where should I park?
We encourage our spectators to bring your bikes and follow the race!
Parking is available at multiple garages listed below and street parking is available on most streets around the area but will fill up quickly.
Leo A. Roy Parking Facility – 100 Market St, Lowell, MA 01852
Joseph Downes Garage – 75 John St, Lowell, MA 01852
Edward Early Jr. Parking Facility – 135 Middlesex St, Lowell, MA 01852
Lower Locks Parking Facility – 90 Warren St, Lowell, MA 01852
Maddening Mud Pit Parking:
Street parking is available around the area, as well as a garage across the street from the Tsongas Center, listed below. There is a concert at Tsongas Center that night so parking rates may change.
George Ayotte Parking Facility – 11 Post Office Square, Lowell, MA 01852
Water Obstacle Parking:
No parking on either sides of the street along the route! Some street parking is available as well as parking at Heritage Farm Ice Cream, and Hamel Bros Service Inc.
Heritage Farm Ice Cream & Restaurant – 163 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA 01854
Hamel Bros Service Inc. – 157 Pawtucket Blvd, Lowell, MA 01854
Walking Directions to Each Venue
Start/Finish to Maddening Mud Pit:
Head west on Market Street toward Shattuck Street, then turn right on Dutton Street after the bridge. Walk down one block and turn left onto Arcand Drive next to Cobblestone’s Restaurant. Continue straight towards Tsongas Center until the rotary then turn left toward the mud pit.
Maddening Mud Pit to Water Obstacle:
Head south toward Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union and turn right onto Father Morissette Blvd. Continue past the University Ave bridge onto pawtucket street then turn right onto Mammoth Road and walk across the bridge. Then turn left onto Varnum Ave and continue onto Pawtucket Blvd until you reach the water obstacle on your left across the street from Heritage Farm Ice Cream.
Water Obstacle to Start/Finish:
Head northeast onto Pawtucket Blvd toward Varnum Ave. Continue onto Varnum Ave then turn right onto Mammoth Road and walk across the bridge. Turn left onto Pawtucket Street then turn right onto Salem street. Continue onto Market Street toward the start/finish.