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Virtual Shade Tree Trot set for April 18

Mar. 30, 2020, 12:56 PM


The annual Shade Tree Trot, a vital and longstanding fundraising event for the Shade Tree Clinic, has been canceled due to COVID-19. In place of the 5K race, there will be a Virtual Shade Tree Trot, open to the public.

The “Virtual 5K” will be a social media event on April 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., whereby participants are encouraged to walk/run a 5K and then share photos. As a virtual runner, participants can start their 5K run/walk where they want, when they want, and as long as they complete the distance and share a photo, it’s legit!

All participants will receive a trademark Shade Tree Trot shirt and are eligible to qualify for individual and team prizes. The emphasis on this event is community engagement and staying healthy while social distancing.

The Shade Tree Clinic is run by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and School of Nursing students and serves the uninsured population of Nashville.

Participants are encouraged to create a fundraising page, join a team, and share it on Facebook to help spread information about the event.

How to get involved in the Shade Tree Trot Virtual 5K:

  1. Make a fundraising page, and if you’re a VUSM student, join your advisory college team. The pre-made template makes it quick and easy. Share it on social media, text your family, and spread the word (whether or not you’re running).

  1. Sign up on RaceWire (and if you’re a VUSM student, join your advisory college team) to get this year’s t-shirt and register as a VIRTUAL runner.

  1. Join the Shade Tree Trot Facebook page (which will feature live updates from the virtual event) and stay tuned for a promo video. Consider inviting family and friends to join the page, too.

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