By Ted Shorack

The Bulletin

Runners neared the finish line Sunday at the Central Oregon Community College campus track hoping the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony was still playing.

About 200 runners and walkers participated in the second annual Beat Beethoven’s 5th 5K event, which is organized to support the Central Oregon Symphony. The goal of the race was to finish before the 33-minute song ends.

KPOV, High Desert Community Radio, aired the song during the race and speakers were set up near the finish line for runners to hear when they approached the finish line.

Ethan Hosang, who finished first, had little trouble with the challenge. He crossed the finish line in 18 minutes and 51 seconds.

Hosang, 14, of Sisters, said he plans to be a long-distance runner and is part of the Central Oregon Running Club.

Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony has been used for races in other cities, but Bend’s is special in its own regard, said race organizer Helen Jones.

“In my estimation, we’ve taken it to another level,” said Jones, who is also on the board for the Central Oregon Symphony.

The event this year included a kids race around the track.

Some participated in a 1-mile race around the track for runners or walkers as the 5K was held.

“We’re combining classical music and running and normally you don’t combine those,” said Jones.

The top three female and male finishers received awards. Raffle prizes were also available, including gift certificates to Bend Rock Gym, Fleet Feet, Pine Mountain Sports and passes to the High Desert Museum.

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