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A Runner's Classical Playlist

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Whether running 26.2 miles through the streets of New York or battling it out with the eliptical trainer at your gym, classical music can play the role of energizer and motivator. Here are a dozen pieces that can stir the senses as you perform bold and daring athletic acts.

  1. John Williams - Olympic Fanfare and Theme
  2. John Adams - Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  3. Rossini - William Tell Overture
  4. Leonard Bernstein - Candide Overture
  5. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians: Section II
  6. Aaron Copland - Rodeo - Hoe-Down
  7. Michael Torke - Javelin
  8. Beethoven - Symphony No. 7, Finale
  9. Saint-Saens - Danse bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
  10. Shostakovich - Festive Overture
  11. Michael Torke - Bright Blue Music for Orchestra
  12. Jennifer Higdon - SkyLine from City Scape