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Beat Beethoven


For the last 23 years, thousands of participants have challenged themselves to finish an 8 km race or a 4 km fun run/walk through downtown Kingston before the Kingston Symphony has finished playing 50 minutes of Beethoven's best music. Mark your calendar for this year's event, which will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

The 8 km and 4 km event will start at 10:30 a.m. at Confederation Park.

The 1 km kids race will start at 9:45 a.m. at Confederation Park.

Regular Race Entry Fees

8 km (timed) | $45 

8 km with training program | $95

4 km (not timed) | $35 

4 km with training program | $85

1 km (kids race, not timed) | $10

Run to your Own Rhythm TRAINING PROGRAM

The Beat Beethoven specialists have teamed up with coach Al Cantlay of Runners’ Choice to develop a program customized to assist aspiring runners and walkers achieve the goal of beating Beethoven in 50 minutes or less. Beginning Wednesday, April 3, 2019 all participants will meet for an 8 Week training program. The program will be split into two groups: 4 km finishers and 8 km finishers.

We ask all participants are currently able to complete a 5 km walk in under 60 minutes or less and are committed to exercising 3 times a week. Although not a requirement, in addition to Wednesday night, participants are encouraged to attend any of the other Runners’ Choice workouts. The 8 Week training program will be customized for each individual runner based on their ability level before the program begins. Each week incremental goals will be sent out to participants via email.  

Training program includes:

Monday – 5-8 km social run leaving from Kingston Brewing Co. at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday – hill or speed workout at 5:45 p.m. (locations may vary between Barriefield, RMC and Memorial Centre)

*The below workouts start and end at Runners’ Choice. Changing facilities are available where participants are able to leave their personal items at the store.

Wednesday – Run to Your Rhythm Training Group meets for a workout beginning at 6:00 p.m. Coaches will be available post session to field questions from participants and provide feedback.

Thursday – 45-60 minute social group leaving from Runners’ Choice at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday – tempo* workout leaving from Runners’ Choice. Tempo workouts are about 20-30 minutes in length (excluding warmup and cooldown) It should feel as if you are running/walking fast but in control.

Sunday - easy long run leaving from Runners’ Choice at 8:30 a.m. (distances and time subject to runners preference)


If you have any questions regarding the training program do not hesitate to contact Runners’ Choice by phoning 613-542-2410 or email


Please pick up your race bib number and t-shirt* at Confederation Park (across from City Hall). For the 4 km and 8 km, bib number and t-shirt* pick-up is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. For the 1 km kids race, bib number pick-up is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

For everyone participating in the 8 km race, you will also need to pick up your timing chip on Sunday between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the registration tent at Confederation Park.

*T-shirts are guaranteed to all participants registered on or before May 15, 2019.


If you have any questions, please contact us at (613) 546-9729 or email us at


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