News Release

September 3, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Medical Students Hold Road Race to Support Free Clinic

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The 11th annual South Park 5K Road Race and Fitness Walk will take place on Saturday, September 27 at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Dowling North Building on the Health Center campus in Farmington.

The proceeds from the race benefit the South Park Inn Medical Clinic, which provides free primary care medical services to the transient residents of the South Park Inn Shelter located in Hartford. The free clinic is run by UConn medical students and local physician volunteers. The Road Race is the main fundraiser for the clinic, providing much of its operating costs, including the purchase of medical and dental supplies, medications, and even the costs of clinic renovations.

The band Catalyst will be performing before and during the race.  A large raffle with lots of great prizes will be held and free massages will be available after the race.

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 providing medical care, UConn dental students also run a free dental clinic at the shelter.

The cost of the race is $15 if you pre-register before September 20 or $20 on race day.  Register online or download a registration form at:

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