Union Hospital Run for Home training program ready to go

DOVER -- The Tuscarawas County YMCA, Super Fitness of New Philadelphia, and Union Hospital are teaming up to offer the 2011 Union Hospital Run for Home training program that includes a series of special workshops, training runs, and use of YMCA or Super Fitness facilities.

The program brings together the resources of the YMCA, Super Fitness, and Union Hospital to help both beginning and experienced runners prepare for the Run for Home April 17. Participants can choose to sign-up at the Y or Super Fitness. Each site will offer use of its facility during the training program with special features such as special workouts or cardio fitness testing. Participants at both locations can also take advantage of a series of special workshops and group runs.

"The Run for Home is a community event that promotes fitness, so we're excited to have organizations such as Union Hospital, Super Fitness, and the YMCA teaming up to organize this year's training program," said Run for Home road Runners Club President Matt Ritzert.

The training program was developed by Kendra Garrett of Super Fitness, Brandi Hibbs of the Tuscarawas County YMCA, and Pam Dummermuth of Union Hospital.

At Super Fitness, the cost for the program is $20 for members and $50 for non-members. The program fee includes:

* Focused training runs every Tuesday

* Community runs/walks every Saturday (8:00 AM at Tuscora Park)

* "Core Blast" runners class

* Ten week membership to Super Fitness

* T-shirt

At the Tuscarawas County YMCA, the Run for Home training program is free for members or $25 for non-members for each of two five week sessions. At the YMCA, the program will include:

* Cardio fitness testing at the start and end of each five week session

* Use of YMCA facilities three times a week

* Community runs/walks every Saturday (8 a.m. at Tuscora Park)

* Training assistance and tools offered by the Y staff

Participants at both sites can attend the following series of special workshops to be held each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the location indicated on the schedule:

Feb. 10, Shoe fitting with Matt Sidell from Second Sole (at Super Fitness)

Feb. 17, Injury Prevention with certified trainer Todd Steele of Health Plex (at YMCA)

Feb. 24, Shoe Fitting with Matt Sidell from Second Sole (at Super Fitness)

March 3, Fuel for runners, Proper Nutrition (at YMCA)

March 10, UH Sleep Lab on rest, sleep during training (at YMCA)

March 17, How to train on treadmill (at Super Fitness)

March 24, Strength Training/ Runners Core workout (at Super Fitness)

March 31, Cross Training (at YMCA and Super Fitness)

April 7, Yoga for Runners (at YMCA)

April 14, Motivation/ What's next? (at YMCA)

"The Run for Home training program will help both experienced and beginning runners reach their goals by tapping into the expertise of local health professionals and enjoy the camaraderie of other runners and walkers preparing for the Run for Home in April," Ritzert said.

Participants can sign-up for the training program at either Super Fitness or the Tuscarawas County YMCA.

For information, call the "Y" at (330) 364-551 or Super Fitness at (330) 339-8030.