Ohio > Union Hospital "Run For Home" Half Marathon, Relay & Fun Run/Walk
New Philadelphia, OH • Sunday, April 14, 2013 • Course Map
More than 1,300 runners and walkers came out to take part and cross the finish line at the spring 2012 running of the Run For Home Half Marathon, Relay & Fun Run/Walk, which is sponsored by New Philadelphia's Union Hospital and is run to benefit the local Tuscarawas Valley Habitat For Humanity chapter.
More than 420 runners crossed the finish line in the individual half marathon alone at the 2012 event, which is part of a series of races around the state throughout the year known as the Ohio Subway Challenge.
Scenic and largely fast and flat, with a few challenging hilly stretches thrown in as well as some bridge crossings over the Tuscarawas River that cuts through town, the out-and-back course for the race starts and finishes at Tuscora Park, just off North Broadway Street. After participants exit the park through the arch gate, they follow a course made up of city streets and paved park paths, starting with long straightaway stretches along Ray Avenue and Union Avenue.
When the course reaches the intersection with Wooster Avenue, it heads left (northwest) over the river into the town of Dover, where the field's runners and walkers will make their way up the aptly named Race Street and Tremont Street toward Dover City Park. The course makes a loop around the Dover park and then heads back southward along Tremont and McMillan Avenue, which then becomes North Crater Avenue.
There is a brief northeastward detour around East Front Street and Blacksnake Hill Road before meeting up again with Wooster Avenue and the bridge back over into New Philadelphia, where the field begins the final stretch toward the finish line. The last few miles of the course unfold over East Iron Avenue, Boulevard Street and 3rd Street, with a quick turn onto Ross Avenue before heading back into Tuscora Park for the finish. Between the 11th and 12th miles, runners pass the event sponsor Union Hospital, and end the race at the park's Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium.
To take advantage of what is likely to be the day's best weather conditions, organizers start the half-marathon and team relay at 1:00 PM, followed by the one-mile fun run at 1:15 PM and the kids' run at 1:45 PM. Shuttle service will be available to ferry runners in the team relay to the spots on the course where they begin their legs of the relay.
Race Weather & Climate
Mostly cool to mild but occasionally cold temperatures are the norm in the spring in the New Philadelphia area, which lies about 45 miles south of Akron and roughly 25 miles south of Canton. In April, average monthly temperatures range between 62°F and 36°F, while rainfall amounts average just over 3.5 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (April 14), the average high is 62°F and the average low is 36°F.
View the race route map for the Run For Home Half Marathon
$30 for the half marathon, if registered by January 15, 2013
$45 between Jan. 15 - March 15
$55 between March 16 - April 12 (at 5:00 PM local time)
$65 at the race health and fitness fair
To reserve your spot in the early spring 2013 running of New Philadelphia's Union Hospital Run For Home Half Marathon, Relay, 5-mile Walk or Fun Run, register online at the event website.
Official Race Website
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