Walkers stroll through Carrie Blake Community Park at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Walkers stroll through Carrie Blake Community Park at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Exercising generosity, health: Sequim Free Clinic’s annual fun walk raises $41k

A little damp weather hardly damped spirits at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic’s 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The clinic, also known as the Sequim Free Clinic, saw 125 walkers and 40 volunteers turn out for the annual event held at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Sara Nicholls, Executive Director of the Sequim Free Clinic, said this year’s event broke the goal of $35,000, raising $41,105.

Team Akaloo from Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church won both team awards: most walkers (55) and most money raised ($5,339).

The 5-kilometer/1-mile fun walk also included health screenings, information on healthcare specialty services, a yoga station, pre- and post-walk stretching and massage, music and door prizes.

More than 50 local businesses and individuals sponsored the event.

“We are grateful to everyone who participated and donated to help fund medical care for the underserved in our community,” Nicholls said.

In foreground, Shelley Stratton, right, and Genevieve Wakefield help lead some pre-walk stretches for the 5k/1-mile walk at the Dungeness Valley Health Wellness Clinic’s 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

In foreground, Shelley Stratton, right, and Genevieve Wakefield help lead some pre-walk stretches for the 5k/1-mile walk at the Dungeness Valley Health Wellness Clinic’s 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

John Beitzel announces the start of the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

John Beitzel announces the start of the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Dr. Monica Dixon gets some help from young Genevieve Wakefield as they demonstrate and prepare healthy smoothies at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic health fair on Sept. 14. See story on Page 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Dr. Monica Dixon gets some help from young Genevieve Wakefield as they demonstrate and prepare healthy smoothies at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic health fair on Sept. 14. See story on Page 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Walkers stroll through Carrie Blake Community Park at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Walkers stroll through Carrie Blake Community Park at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

In foreground, Shelley Stratton, right, and Genevieve Wakefield help lead some pre-walk stretches at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

In foreground, Shelley Stratton, right, and Genevieve Wakefield help lead some pre-walk stretches at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic 2019 Fun Walk and Health Fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Dr. Monica Dixon gets some help from young Genevieve Wakefield as they demonstrate and prepare healthy smoothies at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic health fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Dr. Monica Dixon gets some help from young Genevieve Wakefield as they demonstrate and prepare healthy smoothies at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic health fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Dr. Monica Dixon gets some help from young Genevieve Wakefield as they demonstrate and prepare healthy smoothies at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic health fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Dr. Monica Dixon gets some help from young Genevieve Wakefield as they demonstrate and prepare healthy smoothies at the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic health fair on Sept. 14. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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