And we’re off to the races!

Contributed by McKenzie Moran

On Mother’s Day weekend, many Junior League of Annapolis (JLA) supporters came out in the rain on the 10th Annual Jennifer Summers Barrett Memorial Volunteers on the Run 5k at the B&A Trail in Severna Park, MD. Despite the rain, over 80 runners, walkers, and supporters attended the race with notable teams participating such as the Jones Elementary School.

The run is named in honor of a JLA member, Jennifer Summers Barrett, who passed away tragically on July 27, 2011. Barrett epitomized a strong, dedicated Junior League woman who cared deeply about our community and especially our children. What better way to honor her than by holding our 5k on a Mother’s Day weekend!

During this year’s run, it seems as if the April showers continued into May as participants, rain boots and all, stayed just as motivated to help support the JLA cause! Women and men, old and young came out to show their support and enjoy the challenge of dodging puddles, and racing to the finish line. All in all, the JLA Fun Run was a roaring success! We received over 115 participants for the race!

We would like to thank all of the people who came out to support us. We hope to see you; your friends and families join us again next year.

This year’s race was Co-Chaired by Catherine Stuart and Alex Welch with their amazing team Diana Emerson, Kate Foran, Emily Kund and Dana Ogle. Many thanks to all of the JLA volunteers who supported this year’s fun run!

The Overall Top Finishers of the 5K Race:

Female Male
1 Priti Bhansali – 21:21.96 Jeff Spencer – 18:37.15
2 Macey Brenner – 21:54.65 Jamie Cantlan – 21:13.23
3 Jen Link – 22:53.29 Tyler Moran – 21:48.89


A special thank you to the Barrett and Summers families for their continued support! Congratulations to Tim and Sarah Barrett for finishing in their top 3 age groups! To view the 5k results, please visit

The 2017 race was generously supported by our sponsors. We could not have done this year’s race without their support!

Fun Run Sponsors

1981 Founder’s Club Sponsor

  • AAL Coaching, LLC
  • Barcoding Inc.
  • Bright Beginning Children’s Learning Center

State Circle Sponsor

  • Tensley Consulting

Neighborhood Leader Sponsor

  • 1st Mariner Bank
  • Grace Ryan Real Estate, LLC

Fun Run In-Kind Donors

  • Athleta Annapolis
  • Christopher’s Fine Foods
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels Annapolis
  • Fleet Feet Sports Annapolis
  • Monster Energy
  • Trader Joe’s Annapolis

Fun Run Partners

  • National Anthem Singer: Meghan Cooper from Annapolis High School
  • SPCA of Anne Arundel County

Please visit to view and download the race photos. All photos should be credited to Junior League of Annapolis.

Missed the event? Donations to JLA are still accepted online. Please visit for additional information.

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