Registration Open for 6/3 Freihofer's Run for Women 5k:

10-Week Freihofer’s® Training Challenge to Launch Monday, March 20


ALBANY, NY (February 10, 2017) — Online registration for the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women (Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m.) — the Capital Region’s premier all-women’s 5K road race — will open Saturday, Feb. 11 at noon.

All registrants will receive a high-performance women’s commemorative t-shirt. Other perks include: a box of delicious Freihofer’s® chocolate chip cookies; a fresh loaf of Freihofer’s® bread; chip timing; live results; printable finisher certificates; free massages; chiropractic adjustments and discounted running gear at the event’s Health & Fitness Expo; live music both around the course and post event; post-race refreshments courtesy of Price Chopper Supermarkets; and, races for the kids throughout the morning. To sign up, visit The first 500 women will be able to register for just $25.


“We are looking forward to another great Freihofer’s® Run for Women 5K and are working to enhance the experience for our first-time and veteran runners by providing some great value-added items that our runners will love,” said Freihofer’s Run for Women Co-Director Patrick Lynskey.

“Whether you’re planning to run on your own alongside our Olympians and world champions or in a team of family, friends or co-workers, we encourage you to register as early as possible,” added Freihofer’s Run for Women Co-Director Tim Shepard.


To help participants get in shape for race day, registration is now also underway for the 7th annual Freihofer’s® Training Challenge, which starts Monday, March 20. You can sign up for the 10-week program when you register online for the Freihofer's Run 5K. Online registration through the 5K registration is the only method of registering for this program. The program, which costs $55 and includes a specific Training Challenge t-shirt, is an enhanced version of the Couch to 5K Running Plan and features beginner, intermediate and advanced options.

“The Training Challenge is designed to meet the needs of all women looking to boost their fitness levels,” said Freihofer’s Run for Women Co-Director Kristen Hislop, who also serves as Training Challenge coach. “We have a dedicated group of run mentors to provide support as you progress through the program. You go at your own pace and will find many new friends at your ability level.

“Our Training Challenge sessions are offered at morning, noon and evening time slots to cater to busy work schedules,” added Hislop. “Everyone will take part in walking, jogging and/or running sessions led by our certified coaches. The program features either three or four training sessions per week leading up to the event, depending upon your skill level.“

Training Challenge registrants select one of the following Training Challenge sites/sessions:

  • The Albany Corning Preserve (Jennings Landing) — Mondays at 6 a.m
  • The Crossings of Colonie (580 Albany Shaker Road) — Mondays at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Southern Saratoga YMCA (1 Wall Street, Clifton Park) — Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (Free child care available during the session.)
  • Alpin Haus Fitness Center (4850 Route 30N, Amsterdam) — Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
  • iRunLocal (18 Congress Street, #3, Saratoga Springs) — Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Everyone is then asked to complete a second workout during the week on their own. 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 seminars and clinics relating to strength training, 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.


“Our goal is to not only get women to the starting line of the Freihofer’s® Run for Women, but also on the path to a healthier lifestyle,” said Hislop, noting that all participants will receive a voluntary body composition and blood pressure reading at the beginning and end of the program, courtesy of the nutrition science department at The Sage Colleges, as well as a free three-month membership to Vent Fitness following the successful completion of the program and the Freihofer’s Run for Women. Women who participate at the Southern Saratoga YMCA location will also receive a 10-week adult membership.

To register for the Training Challenge and learn more about other offerings from VENT Fitness, visit Registration closes April 2. A dedicated Training Challenge Facebook page can be found at

For those who can’t participate in the full Freihofer’s® Training Challenge, but would still like to increase their fitness levels, a virtual Training Challenge program is also offered. The program, which costs $10, features e-mails sent 3-4 times a week outlining workouts for beginner, intermediate and advanced runners. For more information, please visit

For more information about the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, 30th annual Kids’ Run and 7th annual Freihofer’s® Junior 3K Run, visit From the home page, you can also link to the event's Facebook, Instagram, 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.


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

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