Jennie Carol Black Tarter
Jennie Carol Black Tarter started running
in 2005. She finished the 2007 and 2008 Derby
Festival Mini-marathons in Louisville, Kentucky.
Her sons, Evan (9) and Mason (6), crossed the finish line,
each holding her hand, on April 26, 2008 in what would be her
final race. While celebrating her successful race over dinner the following Friday, Jennie collapsed after choking. Unfortunately, all efforts to help Jennie, including the Heimlich maneuver, failed. Jennie passed away on May 7th, 2008 and was laid to rest the day before Mother's Day.
Jennie received her Bachelors Degree (with an emphasis in Elementary Education) from the University of Kentucky in 1997. In 1999, Jennie became a mother for the first time. She was blessed to be a stay at home Mom to her children, Evan and Mason, for the next 6 years. Jennie began her teaching career at Hogsett Elementary School in Danville, Kentucky teaching the second grade for two years. In the fall of 2007, her career took a new and exciting direction with Takeda Pharmaceuticals. With love and determination to care for her children and the desire to help others, Jennie studied hard and worked diligently to be a success in her new career. Jennie’s personality was a perfect fit for her new job and she won the hearts of many of her customers, clients and co-workers. It was her compassion and commitment to help others, young or old, which meant so much to her and made her succeed.
To honor Jennie's love and devotion to children, her own as well as other people's children, and in celebration of her life, we are proud to present the annual Jennie Carol Memorial Mother's Day 5K race. Our goal is to continue to give to the children of Kentucky by raising money and awareness for the Backpack Kids Program in Jennie's name.