Registration opens for 2014 Union Hospital Run for Home

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DOVER -- Registration for the 2014 Union Hospital Run for Home opened Oct. 1.

The 2014 Run for Home will be Sunday, April 13 and will once again feature a half-marathon road race, three-person team relay, five-mile walk, one-mile fun run, and kids' run.

"Because of rising expenses, registration fees for the 2014 Run for Home will be slightly higher than last year, but we want to kick off registration by offering last year's rates as an early bird discount," explained Run for Home Road Runners Club President Matt Ritzert. "The Union Hospital Run for Home remains one of the best bargains among regional races of its kind. We offer a lot of features such as custom finishers medals, pace groups, musical entertainment, finish line portraits, and more that you normally only see at much bigger races."

Starting Oct. 1, participants can register on-line or download a paper registration form at the Run for Home web site, www.runforhome.org. The 2014 Run for Home will be part of the Ohio Subway Challenge Series and the Allied Machine and Engineering Tuscarawas Valley Challenge.

The Union Hospital Run for Home is also joining forces with the Made in America Half Marathon sponsored by Second Sole Shoes and Apparel and New Balance. That race will be held November 10 in Stark County. By participating in both half-marathons, runners will be entered in the "Stark-Tusc Marathon Challenge" and will receive a special gift and be eligible for cash awards.

The Stark-Tusc Challenge is a way for runners to experience great races in both communities and receive special incentives. All runners who participate in both events will receive an exclusive jacket. The three men and three women runners with the best combined times will receive cash awards.

The Run for Home will continue to sponsor the Charles Mackey Trophy to encourage participation by sponsor employees in a Run for Home event. The Run for Home Road Runners Club is also continuing the "Kids Running for Home" program to encourage school and church groups to form running and walking clubs.

More than 1,300 people participated in the 2013 Union Hospital Run for Home events which generated $27,000 for the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity. The Run for Home Road Runners Club also supported the Fit Youth Initiative, sponsored a kids' only road race in May, and contributed toward the One Boston Fund.

"We were very successful this past year because of the continued support of Union Hospital and all of our sponsors and volunteers," Ritzert said.

Proceeds from the 2014 race will continue to support the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Tuscora Park will once again serve as the Run for Home headquarters. A health and fitness fair will be held in the park pavilion April 12 and 13 with a pasta dinner served in the adjacent Park Place Teen Center the evening of April 12.

The half-marathon, team-relay, and five-mile walk will step off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. The one-mile fun run and kid's run will begin shortly after the other events get started.

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