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Pagano’s Closing Kick Earns Her Victory at 40th Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k

Syracuse Native, Three-Time Olympian Rhines repeats as Event’s Masters Champion ALBANY, N.Y. (June 2, 2018) – Sarah Pagano of Brighton, Mass., surged to the lead in the final 400 meters and won the 40th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women with a time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds. The 26 -year-old was the first of 3,567 participants to complete the 5K course on a breezy, overcast morning in downtown Albany, N.Y. She earned a $10,000 prize and matched her personal 5K record. “I’m really happy,” said Pagano, who runs for the Boston Athletic Association. “I came in and just wanted to compete and not worry about anything else, just do the best I could. I’m really happy to be able to come away with the win.” Pagano, who ran track at Syracuse University and was the 2012 Big East outdoor 10,000m champion, was five seconds ahead of runner-up Steph Bruce (Flagstaff, Ariz.). Diane Nukuri (Flagstaff, Ariz.), a three-time Olympian representing her native Burundi before becoming a U.S. citizen last year, led for most of the race and placed third. Kelsey Chmiel, a 16-year-old from Greenfield Center, N.Y., who runs for nearby Saratoga Springs High School, was 10th with a time of [...]

2018-06-02T18:29:54+00:00June 2nd, 2018|

Keiffer Makes Racing Return at Freihofer’s Run for Women

By David Monti, @d9monti (c) 2018 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved Allie Kieffer in advance of the 2018 Freihofer's Run for Women (photo by David Monti for Race Results Weekly) ALBANY, N.Y. (01-Jun) -- Allie Kieffer had hoped to run 2:33 at last November's TCS New York City Marathon, an ambitious goal which would have been more than an 11-minute personal best. Staying in control, the 30 year-old athlete stuck with her race plan, hitting halfway in 1:16:39, 20 seconds behind the lead pack. At that point she checked herself and realized that she had a lot left in the tank. She could pick it up, she thought, and maybe catch a few people. "I think I went halfway through right on target," Kieffer said in an interview with Race Results Weekly here today. "I was a little bit off the main pack, and I just started reeling them in after halfway. I remember thinking to myself, 'why is everybody running so slow.?'" In a brilliant piece of running, Kieffer slowly picked up her pace, running the second half in 1:13:00 and the last 10-K (from the 20 mile mark to the finish) in 34:18. She ended [...]

2018-06-05T10:53:22+00:00June 2nd, 2018|

Last Chance Registration and Security Expectations for 40th Anniversary Freihofer’s Run for Women on June 2

Event Participants Asked to Review Security Guidelines Ahead of Race Day Albany, N.Y. – Officials at the Freihofer’s Run for Women, one of the nation’s most prestigious all-women road races, announce a few reminders to individuals who will be taking part in the 40th running of the event on Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. Registration for Events: Although online registration is now closed at freihofersun.com, women can still sign up for the 5K, Junior 3K and Kids’ Run in person at the Health & Fitness Expo Thursday, May 31 from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, June 1 from noon to 7 p.m. at The Armory at Sage College of Albany located at 130 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 12208. Thursday Night Past Champions Panel Discussion: To commemorate the Run for Women’s ruby anniversary, event organizers will host a free panel discussion Thursday, May 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. featuring past event champions in the Renaissance Room in The Armory at Sage College of Albany, 130 New Scotland Ave, Albany. Parking is free. The panel will feature: Jacqueline Gareau (1982 winner), Regina Joyce (1983 winner), Elva Dryer (1997 winner and 2004 runner up), Carmen Troncoso (Multiple masters race winner, top 10 finisher and [...]

2018-05-31T00:18:03+00:00May 31st, 2018|

Road Closures & Parking Prohibitions

Parking Prohibitions: Emergency No Parking May 30, 2018 at 8AM until June 3, 2018 at 6PM for Race vehicles State Street, south side from Eagle Street east 5 spaces Emergency No Parking May 31, 2018 at 8AM until June 2, 2018 at 6PM for event deliveries and vehicles State Street, north side from Executive driveway at NYS Capital east to Eagle Street Emergency No Parking, May 31, 2018 at 8AM until June 2, 2018 at 6PM Lancaster Street, north side from Lark Street west 8 spaces N. Hawk Street, east side from Washington Avenue to Elk Street Emergency No Parking, June 1, 2018 at 5:30PM until June 2, 2018 at 6PM: Washington Avenue, both sides from Eagle Street to S. Swan Street Park Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street N. Hawk Street, west side from Elk Street to Washington Avenue Emergency No Parking, June 2, 2018 12:01AM –2PM: All roads in Washington Park — both sides of all interior roadways Emergency No Parking, June 2, 2018 5AM-2PM: Washington Avenue, both sides from S. Swan Street to Lexington Avenue Western Avenue, both sides from Washington Avenue to Robin Street Sprague Place, both sides from Western Avenue to State Street Eagle [...]

2018-05-30T20:13:54+00:00May 30th, 2018|

Strong Elite Field Assembled for 40th Freihofer’s Run for Women on Saturday, June 2, in Albany, NY:

Nukuri, Bates, Matthews, Bruce and Scherf Among Favorites for $10,000 First Place Prize; Three-Time Olympian, Syracuse Native, Jenn Rhines, Returns to Defend Over 40 Title ALBANY, NY (May 21, 2017) — Organizers of the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K, one of the nation’s most prestigious all-women road races, today announced a stellar elite field to commemorate the event’s 40th anniversary on Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m. in downtown Albany, N.Y. Former Burundian, Diane Nukuri, a three-time Olympian, will be the one to beat in the open field.  Nukuri, who became a US citizen last year after living in the country for 14 years, has raced in New York’s capital city numerous times and has an intimate knowledge of the event’s challenging downtown course. In 2015, the Santa Fe, NM resident finished 7th here (16:07) and she’ll be eager to improve upon that time. Recent results (6th 2018 Great Manchester Run 10K, 3rd 2018 Gasparilla Classic Half Marathon, 5th 2018 Cherry Blossom 10 Mile and 6th 2018 B.A.A. 5K) suggest that she is peaking at just the right time. “I enjoy coming to Freihofer’s and love the 5K distance. It’s such a nice change from my marathon racing,” said Nukuri, a graduate [...]

2018-05-22T15:45:24+00:00May 22nd, 2018|

Freihofer’s Run for Women Slates 40th Anniversary Past Champions’ Panel Discussion on 5/31

Session to Feature Former Winners Discussing FRW’s Place in the Evolution of Women’s Distance Running in America ALBANY, NY (May 8, 2018) — On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the Freihofer’s Run for Women, one of the nation’s most prestigious all-women road races, will celebrate its 40th anniversary. (See the Flyer here) To commemorate this special milestone, event organizers will host a free panel discussion Thursday, May 31 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. featuring past event champions in the Renaissance Room in The Armory at Sage College, 130 New Scotland Ave, Albany. Parking is free. “Our 40th anniversary presents a wonderful opportunity to welcome back so many of our former champions to share their stories, experiences and thoughts on the role that the Freihofer’s Run for Women has played in the evolution of women’s distance running in America,” said Patrick Lynskey, co-director, Freihofer’s Run for Women. “This panel discussion will be a great opportunity for runners of all ages and abilities to learn more about the history of this event and the remarkable women who have won our prestigious title and their collective impact on the sport of distance running.” Slated to attend the session are Jacqueline Gareau of Canada, the first [...]

2018-05-08T21:16:20+00:00May 8th, 2018|

Registration Open for 40th Anniversary Freihofer’s Run for Women

Get In Shape for Prestigious 5K By Joining the 8th Annual Training Challenge Starting 3/19; 10-Week Program Offers New Sites in Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and Greene Counties, Convenient Training Times ALBANY, NY (February 22, 2018) - Online registration for the 40th anniversary edition of the Freihofer's® Run for Women (Saturday, June 2 at 9 a.m.), the Capital Region's premier all-women's 5K road race, is now open at freihofersrun.com. 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 freihofersrun.com. "Our anniversary years have historically produced the event's largest fields and we are planning to make the 40th edition special," said Freihofer's Run for Women Co-Director Patrick Lynskey. "So whether you are planning to run on your own alongside our Olympic-caliber athletes or in a team of family, friends or co-workers, we encourage you to [...]

2018-05-08T21:07:16+00:00February 22nd, 2018|

Hall Outduels Tuliamuk to Claim Victory, $10,000 Payday at 39th Freihofer’s Run for Women

Syracuse Native Jen Rhines Crowned Masters (Over 40) Champion ALBANY, N.Y. (June 3, 2017) — The 39th running of the Freihofer's Run for Women 5K, held on the streets of New York’s capital city this morning, featured 3,268 runners, overcast skies and a blazingly fast finish from Sara Hall, 34, from Redding, Calif. Hall came into the race as a marginal second favorite to Aliphine Tuliamuk, 28, originally from Kenya, but these days a U.S. citizen residing in Santa Fe, N.M. After 3.1 miles of racing that was, by turns, aggressive and tactical, Hall proved to be the woman with the wheels, blasting past Tuliamuk with just 25 meters remaining, crossing the finish line two seconds up in a time of 15:49 and taking the first-place prize of $10,000. Freihofer's has seen its share of close finishes through the years; long-termers still recall the duel to the wire between Betty Springs and Francie Larrieu-Smith back in 1985 when the race was a 10K and too close to call. However, it has been several years since this Albany tradition saw a home straight duel to match this one. “I was just holding on for my dear life,” commented Tuliamuk. As the [...]

2019-05-07T11:30:40+00:00June 7th, 2017|

Nelson Races to Victory at Freihofer’s Run for Women in Albany, NY

Golden, Colo. Resident Wins First Ever 5K at Sea Level, $10,000 in Prize Money Marisa Sutera-Strange of Pleasant Valley, N.Y. Crowned Masters Champion ALBANY, N.Y. (June 4, 2016) — “This is a huge surprise to me,” Brianne Nelson, 33, from Golden, Colo. was commenting moments after taking the $10,000 first prize at the 38th annual Freihofer’s Run or Women. In taking the title from an all-American field in a time of 15:45, Nelson finished 10 seconds ahead of the more favored Sarah Hall from Redding, Calif., who finished in 15:55 and 25 seconds up on the emergent Maegan Krifchin from Silver Springs, Md. who crossed the line in 16:10. “The 5K distance is a little out of my wheelhouse,” stated the newly-crowned champion, who has a 32:33 10K best and for whom this was her first ever 5K at sea-level. “I didn’t have any expectations. I think I’ll do another one!” With a 5K best time at least 20 seconds faster than anybody else in the field of 3,709 runners, most of the pre-race attention focused on Hall, a four-time member of the US World Cross-Country team and the 12th place finisher in this year’s London Marathon. From the outset, [...]

2019-05-07T11:23:25+00:00June 7th, 2016|

Kenya’s Kabuu Crowned Champion at Freihofer’s 5k in Albany, NY

Melody Fairchild Wins Masters (Over 40) Title; Maria Mitcha Set New American 5K Record in USATF Race Walk Championshi ALBANY, NY (May 31, 2014) — A blustery day with perfect racing temperatures greeted 4,112 women as they lined up downtown for the start of the 36th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women. In the course of its illustrious history, the Freihofer’s race has seen some of the world’s most celebrated competitors going to head to head on the streets of the New York state capital, including eight-time winner Lynn Jennings and Olympic legend Joan Samuelson. Jennings was not in Albany this year, but Benoit-Samuelson was (she won the over 55 division), offering some inspiring words to the runners before joining the assembled mass as Event Director George Regan sent the field underway. Emily Chebet (KEN), the defending champion (who had set the course record at 15:12 in 2010) was not among the contenders this year, having been encouraged by her home country’s national federation to focus on the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. That did nothing to dilute the depth of the field, however, as even a cursory glance as the early race leaders affirmed. As the hoard charged up the opening hill, [...]

2019-05-16T00:14:51+00:00June 7th, 2015|