NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Run for Home road Runners Club announced that Miss Ohio Ellen Bryan will join the festivities at the Union Hospital Run for Home April 15 at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia.

Miss Bryan will sing the National Anthem just before the start of the Union Hospital Run for Home half-marathon, team-relay, and five-mile walk. She will also hand participation ribbons to the children participating in the kids' run at Tuscora Park. Bryan will then move to the finish line inside Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium to help volunteers distribute finishers' medals to the runners in the half-marathon and team relay.

"We want to thank Martha Campbell and the Miss Clayland Pageant for making all the arrangements to bring Miss Ohio back to the Run for Home," said Run for Home Road Runners Club President Matt Ritzert.

Bryan was crowned Miss Ohio June 18. She is a 2011 graduate of Ball State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications with an emphasis in news. The Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant is part of the Miss America Organization. On Jan. 14, she competed for the title of Miss America 2012 live on ABC. For three years, Bryan has served as a national spokesperson for lightning safety. She is a partner with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and part of NOAA's Lightning Safety and Awareness Team. She travels across the country, raising awareness about the dangers of lightning.

Run for Home organizers are expecting more than one-thousand people to participate in the Union Hospital Run for Home events including the 13.1 mile half-marathon, three-person team relay, one-mile fun run/walk, five mile walk and kids' run. Registration is still open. More registration information is available at www.runforhome.org. In addition to the running and walking events April 15, the weekend will include a health and fitness fair in the Tuscora Park Pavilion Saturday April 14 from 2 to 6 p.m. and a pasta dinner in the Park Place Teen Center adjacent to the pavilion Saturday from 3 to 6 6 p.m. The dinner benefits the Fit Youth Initiative. The health and fitness fair continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to the start of the races at 1 p.m.

The Run for Home benefits the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity. Last year's event raised $23,000 for Habitat.

Sponsors for the 2012 Run for Home include Union Hospital, Allied Machine and Engineering, Super Fitness, AultCare, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, the Canton Marathon, Second Sole Shoes and Apparel in Canton, Tuscarawas County Dairy Farmers, Hitchcock Sound Co., Heiwa Center for Holistic Health and Wellness, Dominion, Domino's Pizza, Mark's Place Salon/Spa, Parkway Nissan Lincoln, Lauren International, Hennis Care Centre of Dover and Bolivar, and Krugliak-Wilkins-Griffiths and Dougherty Attorneys at Law. Additional sponsors are First Federal Community Bank, Myers and Miller Podiatry, Robert's Medical Uniforms, Dover Orthopaedic Center, Smith Ambulance, Buehler's Fresh Foods, and First National Bank of Dennison. Race Day sponsors are John Picard Architect, Coulters Dog and Hunter's Supply, Fenton Brothers Electric, Radiology Associates of Canton, Park Village Health Care Center, Podiatric Health Physicians, Rea & Associates, Petz Place, and Boltaron Performance Plastics.