May the Course Be With You 5K

The Tuscarawas County Public Library System will host its 8th annual 5K on Saturday, May 4th. Registration opens at 9:00 AM with the race beginning at 10:00 AM. This Star Wars themed May the Course Be With You 5K will have participants start at the Main Library, located at 121 Fair Ave NW in New Philadelphia, run through Tuscora Park, and back to the Library. 

Registration is now open. Runners interested in participating can stop into one of the County Library’s five locations (Main Library, Bolivar, Strasburg, Sugarcreek, or Tuscarawas) to complete and turn in a registration form. 

“We encourage runners to have fun and dress to fit the Star Wars theme,” said Public Relations Associate Marisa Bleininger. “Our 5K has always been a fun race for all ages and abilities so we are looking forward to this year’s theme and the extra activities we are planning to go along with it.”

In addition to the race, the Main Library will be having a May the 4th Celebration complete with activities for all ages. Participate in the race or cheer on our runners before enjoying crafts, Jedi training, corn hole, galaxy maze, photo booth, and more! Children, teens, and adults can participate in a costume contest at noon.

According to Bleininger, the race will be timed by Champ Racing. Those registered before March 15th will be guaranteed a t-shirt on race day. Registration fees are $30 for adults and $20 for kids (Grades K-Age 17). Awards will be given to the top three male, female, and youth who participate. Runners will also receive goodie bags the day of the race.

According to Director Michelle McMorrow Ramsell, proceeds from this year’s 5K will benefit the Library System’s Summer Reading Program at all five locations. The County Library provides a variety of programs for kids, teens, and adults at all of its locations and through its Mobile Services Department. 

Bleininger said the 5K committee is still seeking t-shirt sponsors throughout February. Sponsors will get their company name put on race day signage, the back of race t-shirts, and may place promotional materials in the goodie bags. For more information on sponsorship or registration for the library’s May the Course Be With You 5K, please call 330-364-4474 ext. 221.