Jessica Meredith Jacobsen Memorial 5k and Fun Walk - IN PERSON!

Sat September 18, 2021 Towson, MD 21204 US


In memory of Jessica Meredith Jacobsen, the Knights of Columbus Council # 4011 (Father O’Neill Council) has organized the 14th Annual Jessica Meredith Jacobsen Memorial 5K Run and Fun Walk on September 18, 2021 at 8:00 AM. In addition to memorializing Jessica Meredith Jacobsen, who died tragically in 2007 as a result of intimate partner violence, the event also supports House of Ruth Maryland, the Immaculate Conception School Tuition Assistance Fund and Fr. O’Neill Charities. 

We have received the required permits from the county to allow us to hold the race in person this year! The race and walk will begin at Immaculate Conception School in Towson, MD, at 8:00 AM with the race and walk following a similar course as prior years. We will also include a virtual race option for all participants who prefer the flexibility of participating when and where it is convenient for him or her. Please review the COVID guidelines below before selecting your event. Free Parking will be available in garage on Ware Ave. 

Online Registration for the 5k and Fun Walk will close at 8:00 PM on 9/17/21. Race day registration on 9/18/21 will be available until 7:30 AM. After this time, we cannot guarantee your registration. If you would like to donate to the race, donations will be accepted after 9/18/21.

T-Shirt: A t shirt with the Knight logo is guaranteed for those registered by September 5, 2021. Unfortunately, as of 9/17/21, there are no t-shirts available with registration. T-shirt and bib pickup will be on September 16th and September 17th at the Knights of Columbus Hall on W. Seminary Ave between 3:00-7:00 PM. 

Awards: Cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 for the top 3 female and male overall finishers. Age group medals will be awarded to the top male and female finishers.

COVID Guidelines:

  • We recommend that all participants, attendees, and volunteers wear masks during the event. Participants can remove their mask while actively participating.
  • Any unvaccinated participant, attendee, or volunteer should wear a mask when he or she cannot be socially distant.
  • If any participant, attendee, or volunteer is feeling unwell or showing signs of any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea, prior to the race, we recommend he or she does not attend the event. We will switch that participant to a virtual race.
  • If any participant, attendee, or volunteer has tested positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results for COVID-19, we recommend he or she does not attend the event. Any participant can be switched to the virtual event.
  • We recommend that all participants and maintain social distancing during the event.
  • We recommend that all participants, attendees, or volunteers refrain from physical contact, such as handshakes, hugging or kissing, from those outside their family.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask upon entering the school building.
  • If any participant, attendee, or volunteer tests positive for COVID-19 after the race, he or she will contact the Race Director (Dan Yardley, The Race Director will email all participants, attendees and volunteers notifying them of a potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • If any participant wants to switch from the in-person event to the virtual event, he or she will be allowed to do so.
  • T-shirt and Packet pickup will be drive-thru, similar to last year.
  • We will provide masks and hand sanitizer at the race.

Despite measures to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, total elimination of risk of exposure and infection to COVID-19 is not currently possible. Therefore, by attending this event, all attendees must assume the risk and liability for any exposure to COVID-19 and any related loss, liability, or injury incurred at this event at all times. 

Please support the sponsors of our race T Rowe Price, Mariner Finance (a new sponsor this year!), HMS Insurance, Verdence Capital Advisors, and Hollenshade's Auto Service (another new sponsor this year!).

To learn how to become a sponsor of the race, please email Dan Yardley at There are multiple levels with various rewards for each level. Sponsorship are tax deductible when paid to Fr. O'Neill Charities directly. Registrations and Donations are not tax deductible. 

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