Runners take off at the sound of the buzzer early Saturday morning in Uptown at the start of the 16th annual Medicine Chase 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk. The event is hosted by the United Ministry and funds go towards their free clinic that last year helped more than 2,000 patients. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Runners take off at the sound of the buzzer early Saturday morning in Uptown at the start of the 16th annual Medicine Chase 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk. The event is hosted by the United Ministry and funds go towards their free clinic that last year helped more than 2,000 patients. (MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Chasing a good time in a 5K run is easy on a beautiful day like the one runners were gifted with Saturday morning in Uptown Greenwood. 
With a cool breeze, the sun shining and refreshments provided by more than 25 sponsors, the Greater Greenwood United Ministry Medicine Chase was a runner’s dream. But a much more serious chase brought scores of runners out of bed at 8 a.m. 


As the only annual fundraiser for the United Ministry’s free medical clinic, the Medicine Chase badly needed funds to help provide free prescription medicines to Greenwood’s needy.
“In 2013, we were $35,000 over budget on our prescription medicine costs,” said Rosemary Bell, United Ministry’s executive director. “We see a steady increase of that cost every year.”

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