DOVER -- The Run for Home Road Runners Club has announced that registration for the 2013 Union Hospital Run for Home will open Monday, Oct. 1.
"We are pleased to announce that registration fees for the 2013 event will remain unchanged from 2012," said Run for Home Road Runners Club president Matt Ritzert. "Next April may sound like a long time off, but we want to encourage participants to sign up early to take advantage of the early registration discount as fees will gradually increase as we approach race day."
The sixth annual Union Hospital Run for Home will be held Sunday, April 14, 2013, and will once again include a half-marathon road race, three-person team relay, five-mile walk, one-mile fun run/walk and a kids' run. Starting October 1st, participants can register on-line or download a paper registration form at the Run for Home website, www.runforhome.org. The 2013 Run for Home will be an elite race in the Ohio Subway Challenge Series and part of the Allied Machine and Engineering Tuscarawas Valley Challenge.
In the meantime, the Run for Home committee is encouraging local businesses and organizations to participate in the Road Runners Club of America Run at Work Day Sept. 21. The goal of Run at Work Day is to raise awareness about the importance of daily physical activity for adults. Company-based wellness programs, human resources departments, and individuals nationwide are encouraged to plan fun runs and walks with their employers to promote the opportunity for individuals to incorporate at least 30-minutes of exercise into their daily routine either before work, during lunch, or immediately following work.
"As a member of the national Road Runners Club of America organization, the Run for Home committee recognizes this program as a good way to encourage physical fitness and activity. In addition to raising funds for Habitat for Humanity, we are also committed to encouraging and supporting community fitness," Ritzert said. "In the coming weeks, we also plan to announce a new initiative to encourage and support school and church groups that create walking and running clubs. This program will involve both the Union Hospital Run for Home events but also the Schoenbrunn Kids' Run held in May each year."
More than 1,300 people participated in the 2012 Union Hospital Run for Home events which generated $26,000 for the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity. The Run for Home Road Runners Club also supported the Fit Youth Initiative and sponsored a kids' only road race in May.
"We were very successful this past year because of the continued support of Union Hospital and all of our sponsors and volunteers," Ritzert said.
Proceeds from the 2013 race will continue to support the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity.
The 2013 Run for Home will once again feature a corporate competition for the Charles Mackey Trophy. Any company that participates in the Run for Home as a sponsor is eligible for the award which is based entirely on participation. The companies that encourage employee participation in the Run for Home events and support the race through volunteer efforts are eligible for the Charles Mackey Trophy which is named after an avid local runner who passed away after a battle with cancer. In 2012, the Run for Home Road Runners Club presented Charles Mackey awards to Union Hospital, Mark's Place Salon/Spa and Hennis Care Centre.
The Run for Home is organized by the Run for Home Road Runners Club and is supported by hundreds of volunteers.
"We cannot stage the Run for Home without the support of all the volunteers and organizations that help prepare for the race and keep everything running smoothly on race day," Ritzert said. "We are also thankful for the great cooperation from all the state, city, county, and township officials involved."
Tuscora Park will once again serve as the Run for Home headquarters. A health and fitness fair will be held in the park pavilion April 13 and 14. The half-marathon, team-relay, and five-mile walk will step off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. The one-mile fun run and kid's run will begin shortly after the other events get started.