Second Westerville Symphony Beethoven 5K Bigger Than The First

176 participated in the Westerville Symphony Beethoven 5-K run/walk in support of music education(Photo: Boyce Lancaster)
176 participated in the Westerville Symphony Beethoven 5-K run/walk in support of music education(Photo: Boyce Lancaster)

Last Summer, the Westerville Symphony held it’s first Beethoven 5K run/walk to raise money for music education. Just over 100 participants lined up. Rather than waiting to hear the starters pistol, the start signal was the familiar four-beat bah bah bah buuuuuuum which opens Beethoven’s 5th Symphony.

Some just wanted to finish…others came with the goal of beating Beethoven to the finish line, which several did.

This year, word got around.  Saturday morning found 176 participants ready to pit themselves against Beethoven’s best-known symphony.

The music runs just north 31 minutes. The winner 16-year-old Zane Keppler of Thomas Worthington High School easily crossed the line before the music stopped with a time 15:54.

Before the race began, I had the privilege of speaking with the recipients of the first two scholarships awarded by the Westerville Symphony.  

Pianist Dominic Baer, whose main interest is Jazz keyboard, enters Otterbein University next month for studies which include performance and music education.  Jehdeiah Maitland is a cellist who also plans to work on both performance and education.  Both graduated last spring from Westerville North High School and each received $500 to help with their Otterbein University educations.

Ohio Health sponsored the event, and many more ran, worked at registration tables, provided planning and publicity, and worked stations along the route.

Whether or not you are a runner, I hope you’ll plan to participate in the next run. It’s good for your health and helps secure a healthy future for great music!

I’ll leave you with Beethoven’s 5th – Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein, below.

Comments
  • Tim Keppler

    Way to go, Zane !!!