Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks runners, walkers and volunteers for Magical Night RunNEW PHILADELPHIA -- The late American physician, author, and running enthusiast George Sheehan said, "No matter how old I get, the race remains one of life's most rewarding experiences. My times become slower and slower, but the experience of the race is unchanged: Each race a drama, each race a challenge, each race stretching me in one way or another, and each race telling me more about myself and others."On Oct. 24, in Dover, many area runners/walkers of all levels and abilities will gather near the tennis courts at Dover City Park for the second annual "Magical Night Run" benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio. This event has three options: A four-mile run, a two-mile run/walk, and a one-mile family fun run/walk. All ages welcome! There will be special awards for the top three men and women overall and the top three in each age group for the four-mile and two-mile races.The Magical Night Run, presented by Krugliak Wilkins Griffiths & Dougherty Co. L.P.A. is part of the Ohio Subway Challenge Series. The race will be championship timed, and all pre-registered four-mile and two-mile participants are guaranteed a T-shirt and goodie bag. All Fun Run/Walk participants get a finishers medal, plus kids ten and under get a goodie bag. There will be complimentary refreshments and entertainment for all participants, plus numerous door prizes will be given away. Amy Diemling, a licensed independent massage therapist, will be available before and after the race.The four-mile and two-mile courses go through scenic residential areas of Dover. Neighbors along the race route will be contacted and encouraged to show support and enthusiasm by cheering on the runners as they pass. The community is invited to gather at the finish for the awards celebration. Texas Roadhouse will be the featured food vendor.Proceeds from this event benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio (BBBS), serving Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison, Holmes and Wayne counties. Entry fees are $20 per pre-registered participant in the four-mile and two-mile. For those registering on race day, entry fee is $25. For the Family Fun Run/Walk, the entry fee is $10 per person, with a $30 cap for immediate family living under one roof. BBBS matches are also encouraged to participate. The fee for a Big & Little running or walking together is $15. Registration forms are available to print and mail on the BBBS Web site Participants may also register online at or request a form from the BBBS office (330-339-6916) located at 224 Fair Ave. NW, New Philadelphia.2009 marks 36 years since Big Brothers Big Sisters began serving the children and families of the area with its award-winning youth mentoring programs. Currently, volunteers are needed to help with "Magical Night Run" as well as volunteers to serve as mentors to youth on the waiting list. Big Brothers Big Sisters conducts fundraisers throughout the year to raise approximately 2/3 of the annual budget, with the Magical Night Run being a brand new event. Race Committee Chair Valerie Hershberger said, "As a runner and former BBBS Board member, I wanted to organize a event that would be memorable and attract both experienced runners and more casual participants. The Magical Night run will also be fun for people in the community who simply want to support local youth mentoring programming in a new way that also celebrates fitness and health. I hope we get a truly multi-generational response, and that people take the time to come out and cheer on the runners!"For information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, visit