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Race has runners working to run faster than Beethoven's 5th

How to "Beat Beethoven?" Finish the race before the end of his 5th Symphony.

How to "Beat Beethoven?" Finish the race before the end of his 5th Symphony.

Runners listen to all types of music to help them keep pace, especially during a race. You might find hip-hop, pop and even heavy metal on a runner's playlist—especially when energy runs low on the last mile. But on Aug. 21, Beethoven's 5th Symphony will be the only tune lighting the fire for racers as they attempt to complete a full 5K before the last note drops.

The Central Oregon Symphony is heading into its 50th season of providing classical concerts for all of the members of the Central Oregon community. Beat Beethoven's 5th 5K run is one of the events the Symphony's Board organizes to both celebrate and raise funds, so that it can continue making music available to the whole community—including those who may not have the means to pay for a ticket.

Combined with support from donors, fundraisers like Beat Beethoven's 5th 5K help raise money that allows the Symphony to provide unreserved free tickets, so that every member of the community has the opportunity to attend a concert. Fundraisers also spread awareness and help the Symphony fulfill its mission of enriching lives through dynamic symphonic music.

Along with supporting the Central Oregon Symphony, the goal of the race is to finish the 5k before Beethoven's 5th Symphony plays its last note.

Why Beethoven's 5th? Symphony board member Helen Jones says, "It's one of Beethoven's most recognized pieces...even people who don't listen to classical music regularly have often heard it." The famous 5th Symphony runs about 33 minutes, giving runners of varying levels and speeds a shot at meeting the goal of finishing before Beethoven.

A one-mile Beethoven's Kids Race will accompany the 5K. Both the 5K and the kids race will start at the Central Oregon Community College campus track, with the 5K starting first. KPOV will broadcast Symphony No. 5 during the race so runners and spectators can listen. Organizers will dole out awards including gift certificates, local goodies and Beethoven busts to winning teams and the top three male and female finishers of the 5K runs.

But that's not all the fun; there will also be a costume contest and raffle prizes. All participants can sign up to be in the raffle drawing at packet pickup and receive a uniquely designed t-shirt that will make them feel and look like a composer.

Beat Beethoven 5K Run & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

Aug. 21, 7:45-8:30 am

COCC campus track, Bend

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