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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+00:00 May 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+00:00 May 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+00:00 February 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 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+00:00 June 7th, 2015|