DOVER -- More than 250 people have already registered for the various events that comprise the Union Hospital Run for Home coming up Sunday, April 18.

"We're ecstatic with the early registration numbers," said Run for Home Road Runners Club President Matt Ritzert.

Organizers are hoping to see one-thousand people participate in the Run for Home events which include a half-marathon road race, three-person team relay, five-mile walk, one-mile fun run, and a short kids' run. All proceeds from the Run for Home benefit the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity.

"Now is the time to register because registration fees will increase after March 15," Ritzert explained.

Online and paper registration is available through the Run for Home Web site, www.runforhome.org.

The annual training program is designed to help prepare runners and walkers for the Union Hospital Run for Home events Sunday, April 18. Programs are held every other Saturday morning at the YMCA in Dover starting at 8:30 a.m. Each session features a presentation about running and fitness followed by a group walk and run around the YMCA neighborhood. In addition to the program this Saturday, training sessions will be March 27 (Walk, Jog, Run, and Sprint -- What's the Difference?) and April 10 (Be Safe, Be Smart and Go).

In addition to the running and walking events on April 18, The Union Hospital Run for Home includes a health and fitness fair and pasta dinner. The health and fitness fair will be open in the Tuscora Park pavilion on Saturday, April 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will feature nearly two dozen health related vendors and organizations. The pasta dinner, which benefits the Fit Youth Initiative, will be served in the Park Place Teen Center Saturday, April 17 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Run for Home sponsors include Union Hospital, Allied Machine and Engineering Corporation, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, Dominion, Hennis Care Centre of Dover and Bolivar, Krugliak, Wilkens, Griffiths & Dougherty Attorneys-at-Law, Lauren Manufacturing, and Smith Ambulance. Additional sponsors include First Federal Community Bank, John Patrick Picard Architect, Dover Orthopaedic Center, Super Fitness, Robert's Medical Uniforms, and 50 by 50.

"We are very grateful for the support of these sponsors and additional Race Day Sponsors who are supporting the Run for Home despite the difficult economic times," said Ritzert.

To learn more about the Run for Home and how to register for one of the events, visit www.runforhome.org.