Freihofer's Run for Women® Announces New Race Management Team;
George Regan to Step Into Advisory Role After Three Decades of Event Leadership
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 1, 2017) — After 35 years at the helm of the Freihofer’s Run for Women, Event Director George Regan today announced that he is stepping into an advisory role for the event’s 39th edition on Saturday, June 3.
Regan has directed the Freihofer's Run for Women since 1982 and helped develop the event from its small but impressive start in 1979 as the National Amateur Athletic Union’s 10K Road Race Championship into one of the nation’s largest all-women’s road races.
“With the 40th anniversary just around the corner, now is an ideal time to pass the torch to new leadership,” said the Troy native, who has overseen 22 USA national road racing championships at the 5K and 10K distances and, in 2005, helped the Freihofer’s Run for Women open its doors to the world by hosting elite international athletes — a move that led the road race to earn a prestigious label designation from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the world governing body for track and field.
Assistant Event Director Patrick Lynskey, Freihofer’s® Training Challenge Coach Kristen Hislop, and Tim Shepard, a key account executive with the baking company, will direct the 4,000-person 5K and its companion events, the Freihofer’s Health & Fitness Expo, Freihofer’s Kids’ Run, Freihofer’s Junior 3K and Charitable Partners Program for 2017.
“These individuals are highly competent and have the background to take this event to the next level,” said Regan. “I’m excited because as the Freihofer’s Run for Women prepares for its 40th anniversary we can now have even greater community impact.”
Lynskey, who has been involved with the run since 2003, has more than 20 years of event management experience. Since 2009, the Albany resident has managed all logistical operations for the Freihofer’s Run for Women, including overseeing all area directors, volunteer recruitment, vendors, overseeing partnerships with city/state agencies, managing the Health & Fitness Expo, and serving as a coach in the popular Freihofer’s Training Challenge. Additionally, he is heavily involved in the local running community and directs other regional races.
Hislop is in her seventh year as coach of the Freihofer’s Run for Women’s 10-week Training Challenge. As a coach, the Clifton Park resident offers advice on run form, talks about injury prevention, gives guidance on cross training, and offers a push, when needed, to inspire athletes to achieve their goals. Hislop, who has a marketing background, is focused on creating an experience not to be missed. She will work on event sponsorship, the Health & Fitness Expo, as well as handle many of the event’s media interviews.
Shepard has worked for the baking company for more than two decades and overseen various aspects of the event’s logistics since 2009. A road race director and recreational runner, his role will be to further integrate and represent the baking company with the event.
“Freihofer’s Baking Company is deeply grateful to George for all that he has done for our event through the years,” said Shepard. “Year after year he inspired generations of women to experience the benefits of exercise and good nutrition. Many participants have used our annual event to experience the joys and health benefits of running and tackle even more challenging distances like 10Ks, half-marathons and marathons.”
Regan, who will consult as needed, offers the new team an unparalleled depth of local and national experience from which to draw upon. From 1982-2016, he served as referee for six Olympic marathon trials, while also chairing the championships sub-committee for men’s and women’s long distance running. Locally, he also served as the president and chairman of the road race management committee for the USA Track & Field Adirondack Association. Regan has been honored on numerous occasions for his service to the sport of running and community. This includes the “President's Award” from The Athletics Congress/USA (1987), the USA Women's Long Distance Running Committee's “Service Award” (1990), USA Men's Long Distance Running’s “Scott Hamilton Award” (1995), “Race Director of the Year Award” from Road Race Management (1995), the “Hospitality Excellence Award” from the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau (1998), and Hudson Valley Community College’s “Most Distinguished Alumnus Award” (1999).
“Road running event production has been my career’s work and has given me so much pleasure,” added Regan, who remains active locally in the management of the annual Troy Turkey Trot and Mohawk Hudson River Marathon and Half-Marathon. “I look forward to working with the new team this year and providing any expertise they may need to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.”
Freihofer's®, a leading baker of delicious 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 nutritious eating. Freihofer's continues to set the pace by sponsoring the annual Freihofer's Run for Women 5K. Now in its 39th year, the event is home to the Master's World Best & U.S. All-Comers record of 15:48 set in 2004 by Colleen DeReuck 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.
PHOTO CAPTION: After 35 years at the helm of the Freihofer’s Run for Women, Event Director George Regan (right) will step into an advisory role for the event’s 39th edition on Saturday, June 3. Assistant Event Director Patrick Lynskey (second from left), Freihofer’s® Training Challenge Coach Kristen Hislop, and Tim Shepard (left), a key account executive with the baking company, will direct the 4,000-person 5K and its companion events, the Freihofer’s Health & Fitness Expo, Freihofer’s Kids’ Run, Freihofer’s Junior 3K and Charitable Partners Program for 2017.