Union Hospital helps runners prepare to Run for HomeDOVER -- Last year more than 300 people took part in the first Union Hospital Run for Home half-marathon. That number is expected to increase for the second UH Run for Home in April. This event has prompted many people to begin running for the first time, run in their first race, or extend their distance from 3 or 6 miles to the half-marathon distance of just over 13 miles.The Union Hospital Run for Home will be Sunday, April 19 and includes a half-marathon individual race, a three-person team relay race, a one-mile fun run, and a kids' race. A health and fitness fair will also be held in the Tuscora Park pavilion that weekend. For information about the Run for Home, visit www.runforhome.org or call (330) 827-5710. Union Hospital is hosting educational sessions for runners on six Saturday mornings between January and April. Pam Dummermuth, RN, community health and wellness coordinator, said the sessions are for Run for Home participants and anybody else beginning a running or exercise program."Each Saturday morning program is designed to help both the advanced and novice runner and anyone interested in beginning a fitness program in the new year," Dummermuth said. The programs are free and no advance registration is required.All programs begin at 8 a.m. in the hospital's Reeves Auditorium, except the Feb. 21 program which will be at the YMCA in Dover. The program schedule includes:* Saturday, Jan. 24 -- "Gear" up for the Run for Home: Shannon Bragg of Second Sole will talk about running and fitness gear.* Saturday, Feb. 7 -- Getting Back to Basics: The experts from Super Fitness will provide some tips for starting your running or exercise program.* Saturday, Feb. 21 (at the YMCA) -- Cross Training at the YMCA: There's more to getting fit than just running. Learn from the fitness experts at the YMCA how to develop a total fitness program. * Saturday, March 7 -- Persevering to the Peak: Tom Patton talks about climbing Kilimanjaro and reaching your goals.* Saturday, March 21 -- Oh My Aching Feet: The office of Drs. Adam Myers and Andy Miller offer advice on keeping your feet healthy while running or walking all those miles!* Saturday, April 4 -- Ready, Set, Be Safe: Run for Home organizer Matt Ritzert and marathon runner Matt Russell talk about gearing up for a safe race day.