Beat Beethoven 5K supports GJ Symphony Orchestra & Avalon Theatre |

Beat Beethoven 5K supports GJ Symphony Orchestra & Avalon Theatre

Jeremy Herigstad
Special to the Free Press
Race Paul Hughes, dressed as as Beethoven, at the Beat Beethoven 5K race scheduled for Saturday, May 10.
Submitted photo |


WHAT: Beat Beethoven 5K run/walk

WHEN: Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Race takes off in front of Avalon Theatre, Main Street in downtown GJ

COST: Pre-registration for the race is $20, and $25 on the day of the race.


In the first event of its kind on the Western Slope, racers will have the opportunity to beat Beethoven in a foot race, both literally and musically.

On Saturday, May 10, at 9 a.m., the inaugural Beat Beethoven 5K will kick off in downtown Grand Junction. Participants will try to finish ahead of Beethoven and his famous 5th Symphony (Bum, Bum, Bum, Bum); Colorado Public Radio will blast this famous number on several PA systems along the race course.

The foot race will start in front of the Avalon Theatre and head east along Main Street, following North Avenue up to Lincoln Park and then looping back around to head west on Main Street (finishing in front of the Avalon). Runners will have approximately 30 minutes to finish the 3.2 mile course if they want to finish ahead of Beethoven and the 5th Symphony.

In addition to racing the song, runners will actually race Beethoven (in this case, local elementary PE teacher Paul Hughes will be dressed as Beethoven and will be pacing the race course to finish as the 5th Symphony ends). Racers who “beat Beethoven” will receive a special prize, and the top finishers in each age category and overall will receive special prizes.

Pre-registration for the race is $20, and $25 on the day of the race. Each entrant will receive a swag bag with a Beat Beethoven T-shirt (to the first 100 entrants), a water bottle, plus coupons and discounts to local businesses — including Rockslide Brewery, Pretzelmaker, Pablo’s Pizza and The Egg and I.

All proceeds benefit the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and the Avalon Theatre Foundation’s Cornerstone Project. All abilities are encouraged to sign-up for this 5K run/walk.

Register online at or stop by the Symphony office at 414 Main St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. in front of Downtown Coffee (across the street from the Avalon Theatre).

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User