DOVER -- The Union Hospital Run for Home is sponsoring for a second year the "Kids Running for Home" youth program designed to support and encourage school and church based groups participating in physical fitness activities.

"Our goal is to provide some incentive and motivation for school, church groups, and other youth organizations working with students to encourage physical fitness," said Run for Home Road Runners Club president Matt Ritzert.

The Union Hospital Run for Home is offering school and church groups working with students in grades six and under to participate in the one-mile fun run for five-mile walk for a small, group registration fee.

The Run for Home will also provide those groups with a handful of items to use as rewards for the top participants in each group.

Group advisors should contact Ritzert for more information at 330-827-5710.

Last year, about five groups with more than 75 members participated in the Kids Running for Home program.

In addition to the Kids Running for Home program, the Run for Home annually sponsors in early May a free two-mile road race for children age 14 and under.

This year's Union Hospital Run for Home will be held Sunday, April 13 and will once again feature a half-marathon road race, three-person team relay, five-mile walk, one-mile fun run, and kids' race. All proceeds benefit the Tuscarawas Valley Habitat for Humanity.

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 12 and 13.

The half-marathon, team-relay, and five-mile walk will step off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 13.

The one-mile fun run and kid's run will begin shortly after the other events get started.

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."