The sound of classical music echoed through Central Park in Schenectady early Sunday morning as runners descended upon the paths for a benefit 5K race.
The Schenectady Symphony hosted its “Beat Beethoven” run on Sunday, which gives runners the opportunity to win a free ticket to its opening concert on Oct. 30 and benefits the symphony. Just under 200 runners competed and finished the 5K, and dozens of volunteers lined the trails of Central Park.
Event organizers played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony through speakers placed around the park. If runners were able to finish the race before the symphony was completed, they would win a free ticket to see the Schenectady Symphony. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony is about 33 minutes long, and dozens of runners managed to circle back to the finish line before it was completed.
The event started at 9:20 a.m. and drew participants from around the Capital Region, with runners from Schenectady, Niskayuna, Albany, Troy, Delmar and elsewhere taking part in the event. A couple of organizers said it was ideal running conditions, with a light mist falling as runners circled Iroquois Lake and cut down Central Parkway.
The Schenectady Symphony is entering its 83rd season of performance, and will open at the end of the month with a Halloween-themed show. Most shows take place on the Proctors Main Stage.
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