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 register as early as possible so you don’t miss out on what is sure to be a memorable event.”
To help participants get in shape for race day, registration is also underway for the 8th annual Freihofer’s® Training Challenge starting Monday, March 19. 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 Training Challenge costs $55 and includes a specific Training Challenge t-shirt; seminars and clinics relating to strength training, nutrition, injury prevention, running form and core strength; and, offers from program partners, including a free three-month CDYMCA membership, class discounts and much more.
“The Freihofer’s Training Challenge is designed to prepare you to run your best time at the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K,” said Freihofers Run for Women Co-Director Kristen Hislop. “We offer a beginner program for those who are new to running. Our intermediate program is a great option for those who completed last year’s challenge or want more interval workouts. Our advanced program is for those athletes ready for focused speed and distance workouts. If you are already running five or more miles at a time, this is the track for you.”
Training Challenge registrants select one of the following Training Challenge sites/sessions as their home base:
- Mondays: The Corning Preserve at 6:30 a.m. (until there is morning light and then it will move to 6 a.m.) or The Crossings of Colonie (580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville) at either 1 p.m. or 6 p.m.
- Wednesdays: at 6 p.m. at Capital District Y branches in Duanesburg (221 Victoria Drive, Delanson), Glenville (127 Droms Road Glenville), Greene County (35 Route 81, West Coxsackie), Southern Saratoga (One Wall Street, Clifton Park) or Troy (2500 21st Street Troy); Founders HIIT & Strength Club (243 Delaware Ave, Delmar); Power House Athletics (14 Walker Way, Colonie); or, Brick House Fitness (18 Drywall Lane, Voorheesville).
- Thursdays: at 9 a.m. at iRun LOCAL (18 Congress St #3, Saratoga Springs)
“Everyone completes a second workout during the week with us or on their own,” added Hislop. “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.”
For those who can’t attend in-person Freihofer’s® Training Challenge sessions, 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.
To register for the Training Challenge or virtual program, visit freihofersrun.com/ftc.htm. Registration closes April 1. A dedicated Training Challenge Facebook page can be found at facebook.com/freihoferstrainingchallenge
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 freihofersrun.com. 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.
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 Masters 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 freihofersrun.com.