DOVER -- Organizers of the Union Hospital Run for Home are issuing their annual call for volunteers to help the Run for Home Road Runners Club conduct all the activities surrounding the community event the weekend of April 13 and 14.

"The Run for Home is a true community event with wide-based support from not only our sponsors but all civic clubs, church groups, business organizations, and individuals who team up to make it a successful event each year," Volunteer Coordinator Terri Miller said. "Many people return year after year to help out but we're always looking for more people willing to offer a hand," Miller added. Organizers say they need about 200 volunteers to help out during Run for Home weekend. Volunteers help to register participants, keep runners and walkers safe along the race route, distribute water and sports drink on the route, and serve refreshments after the event.

The Run for Home Road Runners Club will host two volunteer meetings for all groups and individuals working to support the event.

"The volunteer meetings are designed to organize and train the people who will be helping out before, during, and after the races," explained Run for Home Road Runners Club President Matt Ritzert.

The meetings will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30 and at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1. Both meetings will be held in the Reeves Auditorium in Union Hospital. Those attending the meetings should enter the hospital through the main entrance and take the elevator to the basement level. Organizers are asking volunteers to attend one of the two meetings. Any group or individual interested in volunteering may also call 330-827-5710 or send an email to terri.chris@yahoo.com.

The Run for Home Road Runners Club is also seeking donations of bottled water and sports drink for race participants at the finish line. Donations may be dropped off at either one of the volunteer meetings.

The Union Hospital Run for Home will be held Sunday, April 14. Events include a half-marathon road race, 13.1 mile three-person team relay race, a five-mile recreational walk, one-mile fun run, and kids' run. More than one-thousand people are expected to participate in a Run for Home event. Unless an event is sold out, registration for all events will continue to race day. However, participants must register by April 4 to be guaranteed a shirt at packet pick-up. The weekend includes a health and fitness fair featuring more than a dozen health related organizations from 2 to 6 p.m. April 13 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14 at the Tuscora Park pavilion. Meanwhile, a pasta dinner will be served in the Park Place Teen Center next door to the fitness fair from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

The Run for Home benefits the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity. Funds generated by the event will help the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity break ground on a new house in New Philadelphia this year.

Sponsors for the 2013 Run for Home include Union Hospital, Allied Machine and Engineering, Super Fitness, Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union, 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, Dover Orthopedic Center, Smith Ambulance, Buehler's Fresh Foods, AultCare, Aultman Heart Center, Solid Rock Photos, Vertical Runner of Wooster, John Picard Architect, and First National Bank of Dennison. Race Day Sponsors are Radiology Associates of Canton, Henry Heating and Cooling, Park Village Health Care Center, Podiatric Health Physicians, McInturf Realty Zimmer Surgical, Petz Place, and Boltaron Performance Plastics.

For information, call Matt Ritzert, 330-827-5710.