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2,022 Take Part In Virtual Edition Of Freihofer’s® Run For Women

$22,800 Also Raised for Albany Medical Center's COVID-19 Response Fund, The Community Foundation For the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s COVID-19 Response Fund, and Girls on the Run Capital Region ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2020) — Although they couldn’t gather in person in downtown Albany Saturday, May 30 as planned for the 42nd annual Freihofer’s Run for Women due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2,022 runners from 29 states, France and Canada did take part in the event’s virtual edition held between Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 31. Participants, who ranged in age from seven to 90, completed a 5K run by themselves on a route of their choosing following CDC- and New York state-mandated social distancing guidelines. They then submitted their times.  Results are online at https://freihofersrun.com/2020-virtual-results/ “Overall we were delighted with this year’s participation,” said Freihofer’s Run for Women Co-director Patrick Lynskey. “Despite not to be able to gather on Washington Avenue for the event’s memorable start and finish, our virtual event gave women of all ages and abilities the chance to stay active, celebrate their strength and resilience and support local charities.  It also gave folks who live outside the Capital [...]

2020-06-01T22:24:07+00:00June 1st, 2020|

Freihofer’s® Run for Women to Donate $15,000+ to Regional Charities

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 4, 2020) — Organizers of the 42nd Freihofer’s Run for Women today announced that the event will donate more than $15,000 to three regional charities that are playing important roles supporting the Capital Region community during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The all-women road race, which is set to be held virtually between Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 31, will contribute $5,000 each to Albany Medical Center's COVID-19 Response Fund, The Community Foundation For the Greater Capital Region and the United Way of the Greater Capital Region’s COVID-19 Response Fund, and Girls on the Run Capital Region. “The Freihofer's Run for Women has been an integral part of the Capital Region for four decades and this year has proven to be the most challenging yet for our participants and the region,” said Kristen Hislop, co-director of the Freihofer's Run for Women. “During this difficult time, we know that many non-profits are struggling to support our communities in the manner to which they are normally accustomed. Our hope is to provide a ray of light for these organizations. “To offer additional financial assistance to these three charities, we will also be dividing all donations equally that are made by participants [...]

2020-05-05T23:36:37+00:00May 5th, 2020|

Freihofer’s® Run For Women Switches To Virtual 5k Run For 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 3, 2020) — With the continued importance of social distancing stemming from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), officials at the Freihofer’s Run for Women (FRW) today announced that the event’s 42nd edition on Saturday, May 30 has been cancelled and a virtual 5K option offered to those interested. “Since 1979, the Freihofer’s Run for Women has encountered snow, torrential downpours, high winds and oppressive heat, but never a global pandemic like the one posed by the COVID-19 virus,” said FRW Co-Director Kristen Hislop. “With the current distancing guidelines in place from New York state, we felt we had to take this action. Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our participants and their families, volunteers, spectators and sponsors. “While we are heartbroken to cancel all events related to the event and postponing wasn’t an option for a number of different reasons, we felt we must find a way to keep the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K going, since it’s a spring tradition dating back more than 40 years,” she continued. “As a result, we will offer a virtual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K for those who would like to participate.  Our virtual 5K is [...]

2020-04-03T17:14:40+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

Coronavirus and Impact on the Run for Women

Update April 3, 2020 Freihofer’s® Run For Women Switches To Virtual 5k Run For 2020. Read the full statement. Update March 13, 2020 Dear Runners, We are aware of concerns in the community about the spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). We are closely monitoring this fluid situation and following guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and NYS Department of Health (NSDOH). We currently have no plans to postpone or cancel either the Freihofer’s Training Challenge or the 2020 Freihofer's Run for Women and associated events, but will continue to re-evaluate as more information becomes available. Like with all viruses and illnesses, there’s a tremendous reliance on individual precautions.  The New York State Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a [...]

2020-04-03T17:36:42+00:00April 3rd, 2020|

Freihofer’s Run For Women Announces 2020 Ambassadors

26 Women Chosen to Represent Race at Community Events, Regional Runs, and on Social Media ALBANY, N.Y. (February 19, 2020) — Officials at the Freihofer’s® Run for Women, one of the nation’s most prestigious all-women’s road races, have selected 26 women from more than 70 applications to serve as ambassadors for the event’s 42nd edition on Saturday, May 30 in downtown Albany. Ambassadors educate women about the race, encourage them to sign up and promote attendance at the Freihofer’s Health & Fitness Expo at The Armory at Sage College. In return, they receive complimentary entry into the 2020 event, two free entries to give away, Run for Women apparel to wear at area races and events, and discount codes to offer at other races and events. “We were humbled to receive so many applications this year,” said FRW Do-Director Kristen Hislop. “It is obvious this race has special meaning for so many women. We struggled to narrow the field to our original goal of 20 ambassadors, so we instead went with 26. We are thrilled to have so many amazing women with compelling stories, strong social media/community presence, and a genuine love for this event represent our brand.” Chosen this [...]

2020-02-20T18:42:23+00:00February 20th, 2020|

10th Annual Freihofer’s Training Challenge Begins Monday, March 16

11-Week Program Offers Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Workouts in Albany, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties to Prepare for 42nd Freihofer’s Run for Women ALBANY, N.Y. (February 17, 2020) — Women who are interested in completing their first 5K, becoming more competitive runners, or setting a new PR or “personal record,” are invited to join the 10th annual Freihofer’s Training Challenge, which kicks off Monday, March 16 at sites throughout the Capital Region. Participants can sign up for the 11-week couch to 5K program when they register online for the Freihofer's Run for Women. Online registration through the 5K registration (freihofersrun.com) is the only method of registering for this program. “Whether it’s your first or 30th time running/walking the 5K, our program can help you. We offer a beginner program for those who are new to running and an intermediate program for those who completed last year's challenge or want more interval workouts,” said Kristen Hislop, co-director, Freihofer’s Run for Women. “Our advanced program is tailored to those who want to run longer and are ready for focused speed and distance workouts. Our mentors encourage participants to move groups based on how they feel and how they are running. In May, we [...]

2020-03-02T19:12:42+00:00February 13th, 2020|