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 non-US competitor to win the Freihofer’s Run for Women 10K in 1982. Regina Joyce of Ireland, the event’s 1983 champion. Elva Dryer (1997 winner and 2004 runner up), Carmen Troncoso (multiple masters race winner, top 10 finisher and age group winner), and Joan Benoit Samuelson (1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist and FRW masters race winner). Longtime race announcer Dave Oja will moderate the discussion.

“We encourage the Capital Region’s running community, especially local teams and coaches, to come to the session to meet and learn from these American distance running legends,” Lynskey added.

Seating is limited. To register for the event, please go to

For more information about the 40th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, 31st annual Kids’ Run and 8th 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.

Sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets and The City of Albany and 99.5 The River, Audi Albany, and Mack Equipment.


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 40th year, the event is home to the current masters 5K World 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