Tanglewood Musician 150-Mile Relay Run Kicks Off June 29

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Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and some family will run the 150 miles between Symphony Hall in Boston and the Main Gate of Tanglewood in Lenox, to mark the beginning of the 2009 festival season.


The annual summer fest opens with an all-Tchaikovsky program led by BSO Music Director James Levine on Friday, July 3.

BSO bassist Todd Seeber and BSO violinist James Cooke, both longtime runners, conceived of the "Run to Tanglewood." At 2 PM on June 29, Seeber, introduced by a brass fanfare and starter pistol, will lead several runners from the Symphony Hall Stage Door on the first leg of the run. The run will continue over 32 legs, each between 3.5 and 6 miles, and will arrive at the Tanglewood Main Gate at approximately 1:15 PM on June 30, in anticipation of the first BSO rehearsal at Tanglewood on July 1 and the opening night program on July 3. Each leg will be run by one to four participants. The average run pace will be 6 miles an hour or 10-minute miles.

The Lenox community will be invited to Tanglewood to cheer the runners on the final leg of the run from the Tanglewood Main Gate to the Tappan House on the Tanglewood grounds. For further information or to sponsor a runner, visit tanglewood.org/relay.

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