QUINCY -- Runners will try to see whether they can outrun Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, one of the most recognized pieces from the German composer, while supporting youth music programs during the sixth annual Beat Beethoven 5K run and walk Sept. 15 at Wavering Park on North 36th Street.
Race check-in starts at 7 a.m., with the event starting at 8 a.m.
Anyone who completes the 5K before the end of the symphony -- just under 29 minutes -- will receive a medal, and the top three men and women finishers will receive a special medal.
Participants will have an opportunity to get a photo with Beethoven, who will be portrayed by Drew Quintero.
Proceeds from the event go to Encore, the volunteer council of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, which supports youth music programs and music education.
Pam Holzgrafe, a race organizer, said Encore supports the Youth Orchestra and Chorus, hosts the Young Artist Competition and Concert, and supports the Young Peoples Concert.
"We also do stipends for high school musicians that play with the symphony orchestra," Holzgrafe said. "We give cash every two years to (Quincy High School) and to Quincy Notre Dame to do as they wish."
Encore also awards $500 scholarships for summer camp for high school students.
"We try and provide education and performance opportunities," Holzgrafe said.
Registration is $30 a person and $90 for families of four. Anyone who registers by Saturday will receive a free T-shirt. Registration is available right up to race day.
Each participant will receive a free concert ticket to the Quincy Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-2019 season.
Registration is available at encorequincy.com.