NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Union Hospital Run for Home organizing committee announced that Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity will receive $27,000 as a result of the sixth annual Union Hospital Run for Home held April 14 in New Philadelphia and Dover.
"The Run for Home Road Runners Club is honored to provide the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity our largest contribution to date," said club president Matt Ritzert. "The timing of this year's contribution is significant because Habitat is planning to soon begin construction of another house in New Philadelphia."
Proceeds from the 2013 Union Hospital Run for Home will bring to $110,000 the amount the event has generated for Habitat in the first six years of the event.
"That dollar figure is a testament to the great community support received by the Run for Home by our sponsors, volunteers, participants, and all the local government and public services agencies who come together to create a great community event for an important cause," said Ritzert. "We are also proud to announce that the Run for Home Road Runners Club will contribute $500 to the One Boston Fund to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Committee member Maggie Sponseller ran in the Boston Marathon and crossed the finish line not long before the bombs exploded. Another $250 in proceeds from the Run for Home will be donated to the Fit Youth Initiative summer walking program."
The Run for Home included a half-marathon and team relay road races, a one-mile fun run/walk, five-mile walk, a kids' run and a health and fitness fair.
Organizers say about 1,320 people registered for the various races.
About 200 volunteers supported the event during race weekend. The Run for Home Road Runners Club awarded the Charles Mackey award to Hennis Health Care Center of Dover and Bolivar.
"In addition to continued support as a sponsor, Hennis also staffed an aid station on the route, provided items for the participant race packets, and donated fruit for the finish line. Several Hennis employees also participated in the various Run for Home events. It's that kind of sponsorship support that the Charles Mackey Award is all about," said Ritzert. The committee once again presented the award for the best aid station to the New Philadelphia First Baptist Church Adventure Zone.
"The enthusiasm of the kids who help at the aid station and pass out water and sports drink to the runners just can't be matched. The runners really appreciate their encouragement," said volunteer coordinator Terri Miller.
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, Peterman Plumbing and Heating, 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, Schumacher Construction, Petz Place, and Boltaron Performance Plastics.
For information, call Matt Ritzert at 330-827-5710.