KENNETT SQUARE >> In most 5K races, the runners are usually concerned about shaving seconds off their time. In the annual “Beat Beethoven” race, however, the idea is to complete the 3.1 miles in less time than it would take to complete the playing of Beethoven’s “5th Symphony.”
On Sunday morning about 150 runners showed up at Anson B. Nixon Park to face the challenge, while scores of others arrived to take the double walk-run around the pond.
The event featured more than the race, however.
The Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus presented several numbers with African roots from the stage, while proud parents looked on and snapped pictures.
Then, a few minutes before the starting “go,” Symphony Director Michael Hall showed up in his Beethoven coat and wig garb. He shed it soon into Bermuda shorts and T-shirt to run the race.
The winner of the 5K was Noah Dusseau from West Grove, who completed the run around the park in 16 minutes and 59 seconds. The female winner was Cecile Daurat-Thompson of Glen Mills — and recently of France — who finished in 20 minutes and 59 seconds.
The playing of Beethoven’s 5th blared throughout the race. It takes 33 minutes and 40 seconds to play.
A vast majority of the racers finished under that time, including Hall, who came in just under 31 minutes.
Beat Beethoven is in its sixth year and is a major fund raiser — thanks to runners and sponsors — for the symphony.