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Get ready for the 4th annual WXPN 5K Run for Musicians on Call

The best part? It’s followed by an ‘80s music dance party.
Get ready for the 4th annual WXPN 5K for Musicians On Call. | Provided
Get ready for the 4th annual WXPN 5K for Musicians On Call. Provided

Better get your running shoes ready. This Sunday, WXPN is hosting their 4th annual 5K Run for Musicians on Call.

The event will begin at Penn Park in University City at 8:30 a.m.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be a post-run dance party at World Cafe Live featuring WXPN’s DJ Robert Drake. The admission is free for runners and $5 for everyone else.

The WXPN 5K Run benefits the WXPN Musicians on Call Program that brings local musicians into healthcare facilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to perform for patients and their families.

“I love the opportunity to bring music to the sick,” says WXPN Midday Host, Assistant Program Director and Coordinator for WXPN Musicians on Call, Helen Leicht.

“My mom was in the hospital with lung cancer. I was with her when Melody Gardot stopped by to say hello and sing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow.’ I saw my mom smiling and singing along with Melody. I will never forget that day.”

She adds, “I’m so thrilled that XPN brought the MOC program to Philadelphia in 2004 and we have given our volunteer musicians and guides a way to give back to our community through music.”

Since the program began in 2004, over 200 volunteer musicians have performed for more than 100,000 patients and their families.

If you go:
WXPN Musicians on Call Benefit 5K Run
Sunday, Oct. 1
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
$25-$60 registration fee
wxpn.org