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Saturday, June 3, 2006 -- Charleston, WV
2006 Beat Beethoven 5K Fun Run/Walk (iPO Event Id#: 7394)

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Story and photos by George Gannon

Photo by George Gannon
I'm up to the challenge!
Some Charleston runners made beautiful music on Saturday. Accompanied only by their running shoes, the racers at the 2006 Beat Beethoven 5K Fun Run and Walk pounded out a steady one-two beat on the roads and sidewalks around the University of Charleston Campus.

Their goal, to finish the flat, fast course before the final note of Beethoven's Symphony Number Five. At 33 minutes long, the musical masterpiece might not be a challenge for more serious runners, but the world-famous opus adds a touch of refinement to an already classic competition.

Photo by George Gannon
A sprint to the finish
But music and melodies played second fiddle to two speedy brothers from Charleston and a running mother from Sissonville.

Seth and Brooks Cutlip crossed the finish line first and second, respectively. The brothers were in front most of the race, and were using the course as training for an upcoming 15K Race.

"It's a flat, fast course," said Seth Cutlip, who finished with a time of 17:45.4. His brother crossed the finish line just a few seconds off the pace at 17:49.4. R ounding out the top three was James Ivey at 19:43.4.

For the ladies, Christina Rawson was the opening act and the featured performer. Rawson was moving so fast, she finished third overall, beating out all but two of the men.

Photo by George Gannon
Taking time to enjoy the sites and sounds
Her plan - set the tempo early, and don't let up until the final encore.

"I just wanted to get out there fast," she said.

Mission accomplished. Erin Cox took second place at 21:47.3 and Diana Johnson crossed the finish line third with a time of 21:52.4.

While most of the racers beat Beethoven's signature work, it was pretty obvious that everyone managed to have a ringing good time.

Presented by the Downtown Symphony Club of Charleston the proceeds from this event went to support the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO). The WVSO performs many shows in it's 3-year old home, The Maier Foundation Performance Hall. Offering world-class acoustics, excellent sight lines, and improved amenities, the hall is located in the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia.