The Music Run comes to Austin this weekend

The Music Run takes place in Austin this weekend. Photo courtesy The Music Run
The Music Run takes place in Austin this weekend. Photo courtesy The Music Run

Leave your headphones at home for this one.

The Music Run, a 5K run and music festival presented by 24 Hour Fitness, cranks up the jams Feb. 20 at the Travis County Expo Center.

Runners help determine the play list by voting for their favorite songs leading up to the event. Photo courtesy The Music Run
Runners help determine the play list by voting for their favorite songs leading up to the event. Photo courtesy The Music Run

More than 120 speakers along the course will blast out music, creating what organizers bill as “the world’s loudest 5K running course.” They call it the Sound Track, and neighbors, I feel your pain.

The run ends with a music festival featuring local bands. Photo courtesy The Music Run
The run ends with a music festival featuring local bands. Photo courtesy The Music Run

Runners can pause to shake a leg at each of five interactive and music-themed zones – rock, pop, country, hip hop and dance. Participants determine what music gets played by voting for their favorite songs leading up to the event via a special app created by Spotify. Songs that earn the most votes make the official run playlist. The run ends with a music festival, featuring local performers Night Drive, Emily Wolfe and DJ Manny.

The run started in Malaysia. Austin marks the first stop in the United States. Photo courtesy The Music Run
The run started in Malaysia. Austin marks the first stop in the United States. Photo courtesy The Music Run

The event, scheduled to take place in more than 40 cities in 18 countries this year, first took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2014. The Austin event marks the first Music Run in the United States.

Runners can stop at five different music zones. Photo courtesy The Music Run.
Runners can stop at five different music zones. Photo courtesy The Music Run.

Entry fee starts at $25 plus fees for adults; free for kids under 5. To register go here.

Maybe you should pack your earplugs, too.

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