Beat Beethoven 5K 2018

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     The annual Beat Beethoven 5K race is a unique event in Erie.  Runners race to finish the 5K before the Erie Philharmonic plays through the entire Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.  Those not racing enjoy a free concert in Perry Square.  About 20-or-so minutes in, cheers can be heard coming from the finish line as the first runners began crossing.  Every year, the CEO and President of WQLN volunteers as Beethoven, sporting a messy, gray wig, a red scarf and a tuxedo coat.

     “I did it,” New says, glaring directly into the camera.  “26:11, that’s a personal best, even for a dead composer,” he says, laughing.  He adds, “Its a great piece of outreach for our Philharmonic.  I mean, its rare that you can live in a city and go out and see the philharmonic play on a Saturday morning.  On a beautiful Saturday morning.”
      This is the 9th year for this event.

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