Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Run to benefit free clinic

The Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic will hold its first fundraising race Oct. 23, a 5K run/walk that starts and ends at the clinic on Sam Perry Boulevard, near Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.

If you’re interested in jogging, sprinting or strolling to raise money for the clinic — which provides free health care to the area’s poor and uninsured — you can register online at Or, go to, click on “news and events” and you’ll see a link to the race flyer, which includes a registration form.

You can also just show up and run that day — race-day registration begins at 7 a.m. The cost to participate is $30 at this point (the fee was $25 for those who signed up before Oct. 7). Check-in time for participants is between 8 and 8:45, and the race will start at 9 a.m.

Last year, the Moss clinic treated about 2,000 patients during more than 10,000 visits. It also dispensed more than 60,000 free prescriptions, according to a clinic flyer. The clinic tends to the health care needs of low-income, uninsured residents of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.