Beat Beethoven

Run, walk or waltz 4 km or 8 km before the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra completes 50 minutes of Beethoven's best music (virtual or in-person!). This is an elevated race experience and a fundraiser for Calgary Phil.

A beautiful mash-up where music and run intersect. 

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Participate in a +18 only elevated evening race experience, perfect for a unique date night or healthy and fun GNO (girls' night out!). Listen to the sounds of Calgary Phil amplified as you run, walk or waltz along the Bow river. Complete your race in the East Village and enjoy an evening with the orchestra complete with an included glass of rosé, light dinner and a short program by Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under the big white tent.

Event Info −


In-Person Event: Thursday, September 9 in the evening

Virtual Race Window: September 9 - 12

Lace up in support of Calgary Phil in the fourth annual Beat Beethoven.  All participants receive the 4th edition of a collectible custom Beat Beethoven wine glass and a finisher's medal. Virtual participants will have access to a Spotify Playlist and leaderboard. Joining us in-person? Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or sparkling water and a light dinner under the big white tent on RiverWalk Plaza in the East Village while Calgary Phil puts on a show highlighting its upcoming season. You must be 18 or older to participate in this event in-person. All ages welcome in the virtual event.

Covid-19 Protocols

Run Calgary is committed to more than just fun, we have a perfect score for safety and experience putting on covid-secure events. Please anticipate some covid adaptations to this event in the near term to ensure it's success and long-term sustainability.

Read the Protocols and FAQs (links coming soon) and shoot us an email if you have questions and would like to know more about our AHS approved covid-secure event plan that follows the 8 covid-secure protocols to keep everyone, participants, volunteers and staff safe.

Although we can't yet gather in large groups, we can still race with some adaptations in controlled events as we get back to the safe return to racing.

What's Included

  • Custom 2021 Beat Beethoven wine glass
  • Wine themed finishers medal
  • Complimentary wine at the finish line (in-person only)
  • Complimentary lite dinner at the finish line (in-person only) 
  • Personalized race bib
  • Chip timed Event
  • Post race celebration and outdoor concert by the Calgary Phil
  • Opportunity to help support the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra PhilKids program
  • Access to the Spotify Playlist if you are running virtually.

Event Schedule

Sept 9 6:30 p.m. MDT - Beat Beethoven in-person race begins

Sept 9 12:01 p.m. MDT - Virtual Race Window opens
Sept 12 11:59 p.m. MDT - Virtual Window closes

Course Map

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