BW Bach Fest to Feature Student Led Community 5k

April 15, 2015

The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music is debuting a fun new addition to its long-standing and world renowned Bach Festival. Celebrating its 83rd year (and Bach's 330th birthday), this year's fest will include BW's first-ever 5k run/walk, "Das Rennen Bach," the brainchild of enterprising Conservatory students, including Josiah Bullach '15 and David Croglio '15.

The race, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 (festival weekend), will start in front of Boesel Musical Arts Center and take runners around Coe Lake and back to the BW Conservatory. Awards will be given out to the top men and women racers in each graduating class and age group, with an additional award for Best Dressed Like J.S. Bach.

One of the primary objectives for the new event is to "promote healthy living for musicians and community engagement by encouraging the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and the greater Berea community" and comes as a part of BW's effort to create new ways to appreciate the life of J.S. Bach, as noted in festival previews in The Plain Dealer,Cleveland Classical and "Faces of the SUNS"column.

Bullach, senior performance major and one of the student coordinators for the race, said the 5k is also a great way to bring the BW community together. "It is just as much intended for non-conservatory students, community members, and non-competitive walkers. It's a race, but also a fun community event," Bullach said.

Participants can register online and get more information on the Das Rennen Bach Facebook event page.