News Release

August 28, 2007

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Road Race to Support Free Clinic

Patients and UConn Medical Students Benefit from Care

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Take a walk – or jog or run. You can help University of Connecticut medical students hone their skills while serving the residents of Hartford’s homeless shelter by taking part in the 10th annual South Park 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk on Saturday, September 29. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. at the Dowling North Building on the UConn Health Center campus in Farmington.

The race is the principal fundraiser for the free medical clinic, which serves the residents of the South Park Inn shelter in Hartford. “Volunteering at the medical clinic is an amazing experience,” said fourth-year medical student Nicole McCormick. “As a student, I’m so thankful that shelter residents are willing to help me learn the art of medicine, and they are thankful to have medical care they might not otherwise receive,” she said.

Last year almost 800 people received care at the clinic, which is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and once monthly for a new program, Women’s Health Night. “It really is a wonderful relationship that medical students have with these, our very first patients,” said McCormick. “I will forever remember my first patient at South Park – her openness, her patience and her willingness to let us help each other.”

The clinic was founded in 1987 by UConn medical students. It’s managed by a student-run board of managers, and patient care is provided by the students and local volunteer physicians. In addition to the medical care, UConn dental students also run a free dental clinic at the shelter. Proceeds from the race are used to help fund the cost of medical and oral health supplies.

The cost of the race is $15 if you register by September 27 or $20 on race day. Register online at: or at Or mail to: South Park Road Race ’07, c/o Maria Voznesensky, 15 Spruce Ln, West Hartford, CT 06107.

Race timing will be performed by Road and Track Sports of New Milford. There will be free T-shirts for the first 150 runners. UConn medical student race directors are Maria Voznesensky and Andrea Gross.

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