Scores of runners beat Beethoven’s ‘5th’

Kennett Symphony Maestro Michael Hall cheers on the last of the runners who beat the time limit of Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” in the park on Thursday.
Kennett Symphony Maestro Michael Hall cheers on the last of the runners who beat the time limit of Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” in the park on Thursday. Chris Barber — Digital First Media

KENNETT SQUARE >> It was not necessary to keep in step with Beethoven’s “5th Symphony,” but the runners needed to go fast.

The fifth annual racing fund raiser for the Kennett Symphony of Chester County took place on Thursday night in Anson B. Nixon Park. First and foremost the event was designed to raise money for the orchestra, but for the participants it was a race with the music to run a 5K — 3.2 miles — in the 33.5 minutes it takes to play Beethoven’s 5th.

It was a perfect evening for everyone: those who chose to walk twice around the lakes for a mile or the ones who took the longer route beside the lake and then up around the soccer field a couple times. Throughout the running times, Beethoven’s “5th Symphony” was playing and could be heard quite a distance from the starting line.

Not everyone completed the 3.2 miles by the end of the piece, although many did.

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That included Symphony Orchestra Maestro Michael Hall, who came in with a minute or two to spare, but then cheered on the rest who followed under the appointed time.

About 200 participants showed up, many of them having registered ahead of time. After the race they got to turn in their racing bib numbers for a free beer at the Kennett Brewing Company.

The next event for the symphony is its summer concert under the stars at Longwood Gardens on Aug. 19. The program’s title is “Love is in the Air.” The $40 ticket (ahead of time, $45 the day of) includes a day to roam the Gardens. The symphony performance begins at 7:30 p.m. with a fountain show at Longwood at 7 p.m.

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Chris Barber

Chris Barber is the editor of the Avon Grove Sun. She was previously southern bureau chief of the Daily Local News and editor of the Kennett Paper, earning honors in writing and photography. Reach the author at agsun@kennettpaper.com .