from Jessica Pasley:
The Shade Tree Trot has come a long way since it sauntered onto Nashville’s 5K scene in 2009.
What started as a sidewalk 5K directed mostly at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students and friends, has expanded to a full-fledged race complete with road closures and chip timing, according to race organizers.
Now in its sixth year, the Trot is the single largest source of funding for Shade Tree Clinic, a free medical service that provides primary care to uninsured patients in East Nashville.
Last year’s event, combined with the Shade Tree Benefit Dinner, raised $41,000 to assist with the day-to-day operations of the clinic.
Who: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students and community
What: 6th Annual Shade Tree Trot 5K
When: 8 a.m., Saturday, March 29
Where: Race to begin at the Vanderbilt University Football Stadium at the corner of Jess Neely Drive and Natchez Trace.
Elizabeth Berry and Andrew Medvecz, fourth-year medical students and co-organizers of the event, will be on hand to assist with any media questions.