Registration Open for 6/4 Freihofer's Run for Women

10-Week Training Challenge to Help Runners Prepare for Race Day Will Launch Monday, March 21

ALBANY, NY (March 2, 2016) — Registration is currently underway for the 38th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women on Saturday, June 4 in Albany, N.Y.

The first 4,000 entrants will receive a micromesh v-neck t-shirt. Other perks include free massages, chiropractic adjustments and discounted running gear at the event’s Health & Fitness Expo; clinics featuring elite athletes; live music both around the course and post event; refreshments courtesy of Price Chopper supermarkets; and, races for the kids throughout the day. To sign up, visit freihofersrun.com.

“This is a wonderful event for first-time runners. They receive tremendous camaraderie from other likeminded females, as well as a chance to run alongside Olympians and world champions,” said longtime Event Director George Regan. “We encourage runners to register as early as possible, so as not to get closed out of our field.”

Those interested in getting in shape for race day can also register for the 6th annual Freihofer’s Training Challenge (http://www.freihofersrun.com/ftc.htm), which starts Monday, March 21. Training Challenge registration closes on Sunday, April 3.

The popular 10-week program, which costs $45, follows an enhanced version of the Couch to 5K Running Plan and includes intermediate and advanced running levels, as well as a sportwalking option for those seeking a different approach to reaching the finish line.

“Training times are offered to fit everyone’s work schedules. Everyone will take part in walking, jogging and/or running sessions led by our certified coaches,” said Regan. “The program features either three or four training sessions per week leading up to the event, depending upon the person’s skill level."

All participants will select one of the following Monday Training Challenge sessions:

  • The Albany Corning Preserve (Jennings Landing) at 6:30 a.m.
  • The Crossings of Colonie (580 Albany Shaker Road) at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Everyone will then be asked to complete a second workout during the week at a convenient time. The third weekly workout session will be held in a group format on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at Colonie Town Park (71 Schermerhorn Road, Cohoes). Each Saturday session will conclude with various seminars and clinics relating to nutrition, injury prevention, running form and core strength. Intermediate and advanced groups will also be asked to incorporate a fourth weekly workout on their own schedule.

“This is an excellent opportunity for women who have never run before to cross the finish line with a smile, give their motivation a boost and make some new friends, while preparing for race day,” said Training Challenge Program Director and Coach Kristen Hislop. “With training advice provided by injury prevention experts, certified coaches and nutritionists, our program gives participants a tremendous amount of support to not only get started in running, but also continue running.”

For those who can’t participate in the full Freihofer's Training Challenge, a virtual training program is also offered. For more information, please visit http://www.freihofersrun.com/virtual.htm

To register, visit freihofersun.com or call (518) 273-5552. You can sign up for the Training Challenge at the same time you sign up for the race. A dedicated Training Challenge Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/freihoferstrainingchallenge

For more information about the 38th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women, 29th annual Kids’ Run, 6th annual Freihofer’s Junior 3K Run and the USA 5K Race Walk Championships, visit 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 and The City of Albany. Media partners include 99.5 The River and the Times Union.

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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 38th year, the event is home to the Master's World & U.S. All-Comers record and features thousands of women from recreational joggers to Olympians who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course. For more information, visit freihofersrun.com.

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