Erie Philharmonic’s Beat the Beethovan 5k takes place this Saturday, September 27th.

Posted: September 23, 2014 1:26 pm


Erie Philharmonic’s Beat the Beethovan 5k takes place this Saturday, September 27th.

This unique race begins with the first beat of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and follows a scenic downtown course lined with radios so racers can hear music along the way. Runners who cross the finish line before the final notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (approximately 30 minutes, 17 seconds) win a free Erie Philharmonic concert ticket. For more information call 814-455-1375 or visit us online at

Proceeds benefit the education and artistic programs of the Erie Philharmonic.

The Course

The 5K USATF-certified course will begin and end at the Warner Theatre, 811 State Street in downtown Erie, Pa. Runners will proceed north on State Street, west along 5th Street, one block south on Sassafras, west along scenic 6th Street, south on Cascade and east along the tree-lined boulevard of 10th Street. Ample on-street, lot and ramp parking is available in the vicinity of the Warner Theatre.


Complete and mail in the attached form or register online at You also may register race day from 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Packet Pick-up

Race packets can be picked up on September 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Erie Philharmonic office,
609 Walnut Street. On race day, packet pick-up for pre-registered participants will begin at 7:45 a.m.

Entry fees

Pre-register with t-shirt $25
Pre-register without t-shirt $20
Race day registrations (t-shirts not guaranteed) $25 Deadline to pre-register is Friday, September 19.

Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each category.


Not interested in racing but want to help out? Volunteers are needed to line the course with boom boxes or car/truck radios so our racers can hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony along the entire course. Jet 1400 AM Radio will broadcast the music starting at 9 a.m. Please call 814-455-1375 ext. 17 to be assigned a spot along the race course.