Strong Field On Tap at Freihofer's Run for Women 5K in Albany, NY Despite Withdrawal of Chebet, Chepkirui
ALBANY, NY (May 29, 2012) — Two of Kenya’s top distance runners have bowed out of Saturday’s Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany, NY in order to prepare for their nation’s upcoming Olympic trials, race organizers confirmed today.
Emily Chebet, who holds the Freihofer’s course record (15:12 set in 2010) and Joyce Chepkirui, a 23-year-old whose victories this year include the African Cross-Country Championships, have opted to remain in Nairobi for the Kenyan Olympic trials, which have been rescheduled for June 14-16th.
“Naturally we’re disappointed not to have these outstanding athletes in our field,” said longtime Event Director George Regan, noting that both have achieved the Olympic A standard for the 10,000m event in which they will be contesting. “However, the chance to represent one’s country in the Olympic games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We wish them well.”
Despite losing the two Kenyans, the Freihofer’s field still remains highly competitive – http://freihofersrun.com/elite_athlete_bios.htm Included in the mix is defending champion Mamitu Daska (ETH), winner of Monday’s Bolder Boulder 10K, who will be joined by fellow countrywomen Alemitu Abera and Ashu Kasim.
The event’s stellar Kenyan contingent features recently added Jelliah Tinega, winner of this year’s Cherry Blossom 10 Mile; Risper Gesabwa, who recently won the LA Half Marathon; and, Genoveva Kigen, victor at the 2012 Crescent City Classic 10K.
Two highly competitive Australians will join the Kenyans and Ethiopians on the start line. Benita Willis, a four-time Olympian for her country and three-time Freihofer's champion, is one of the most accomplished athletes in the field. Lara Tamsett, meanwhile, who has notched a 15:28 for 5,000m, will also be a real threat on the challenging course.
Red-hot American Lindsey Scherf, winner of this weekend’s Ottawa 10K and a first-time Freihofer’s competitor, has a real shot at a top-five finish. Other Americans likely to push the African and Australian contingent include Rebecca Donaghue, who was 9th at Freihofer’s in 2010, Esther Erb and Michelle Frey.
Additional information about the 2012 Freihofer’s Run for Women, Freihofer’s Community Walk, Freihofer’s Kids’ Run, Freihofer’s Junior 3K Run and the CapitalCare/CDPHP Health & Fitness Expo can be found at www.freihofersrun.com. From the home page, you can also link to the event’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets, CSC, The City of Albany, FOX23, the Times Union, and 99.5 The River.
Freihofer's, a leading baker of wholesome products, is committed to fostering the growth and recognition of women in sports and inspiring all generations of women to experience the benefits of exercise and good nutrition. Freihofer's continues to set the pace by sponsoring the annual Freihofer's Run for Women 5K. Now in its 34th year, the event, which is home to the Master's World & U.S. All-Comers record, features thousands of women of all ages and abilities from Olympians to recreational joggers, who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course. For more information, visit http://www.freihofers.com/