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A musical run in the park for the Kennett Symphony

06/11/2019 10:59AM ● By J. Chambless

The runners take off for the 5K race in an attempt to complete it before the end of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. (Photo by Chris Barber)

There’s a curious similarly between Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and a well-run 5K race: They both take about 33 minutes.

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County has taken advantage of that pleasant coincidence several times with its “Beat Beethoven” run in Anson B. Nixon Park. On June 8, the organization celebrated its seventh annual version of this event, and many there called it the biggest one yet.

Michael Hall, in Beethoven garb, displays the sign instructing participants to sign in.

 It consisted of a 5K run, a one-mile walk and a kids’ 50-yard dash. There was also a brief and informal concert by the popular Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus on the stage beside the lake.

In the hour before the 9 a.m. race, more than 130 people had preregistered. But as the minutes ticked by, many more runners showed up -- perhaps deciding that the favorable weather would make for a nice workout in the early morning.

Maestro Michael Hall appeared, as he has in the past, wearing Ludwig Van Beethoven garb and wig. Hall also joined the under-6 children who raced the 50 yards down the path. By the time the 5K start arrived, he had shed his wig and coat and finished the 33-minute challenge about two minutes before the music ended.

The male winner of the race was Ethan McIntyre, 16, who ran it in a speedy 16 minutes and 35 seconds. The female winner was Jenn Fiorillo, 39, who finished in 20 minutes and 48 seconds.

The proceeds from the registration fees went to support outreach programs of the orchestra.

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