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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|

Tabb’s Strong Finish Earns Victory at 41st Annual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k

Three-Time Olympian Rhines Wins Third Consecutive Masters Title ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2019) – Elaina Tabb of Watertown, Mass. grabbed the lead in the final kilometer and then held off her nearest challenger to capture the 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K with a time of 16 minutes, 3 seconds. The 27-year-old paced a field of 3,445 participants on a picturesque Saturday morning in downtown Albany, N.Y. With the victory, Tabb earned a $10,000 prize in her first time competing in the prestigious annual women’s road race. “It was awesome,” said Tabb, of the Boston Athletic Association’s High Performance Team. “I had such a great weekend. Just seeing the city come out for this race was really fun, exciting and brought a lot of good energy.” Tabb finished three seconds ahead of Diane Nukuri, a three-time Olympian who placed third here in 2018. Maddie Van Beek, a 27-year-old from Fargo, N.D., was third in 16:09. Nukuri, 34, a dual citizen of the United States and Burundi who trains in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Tabb had twice traded the lead on the course that begins near West Capitol Park. Jennifer Rhines, 44, a three-time Olympian from Liverpool, N.Y., was the masters division [...]

2019-06-01T19:03:13+00:00June 1st, 2019|

Last Chance Registration and Security Expectations for 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women on June 1

Event Participants Asked to Review Security Guidelines Ahead of Race Day Albany, N.Y. (Wednesday, May 29, 2019) – 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 41st running of the event on Saturday, June 1 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. The Armory offers ample parking. Directions to the Sage College of Albany can be found by visiting http://www.sage.edu/about/maps-directions/ Race organizers have also decided to offer day-of-event registration from 6:30-8:15 a.m. inside the base of The Egg at the Empire State Plaza. Race Day Schedule: 6:30-8:15 a.m. — Packet pick and last chance sign up (The Egg at the Empire State Plaza) 9 a.m. — 5K Start (Washington Ave. adjacent to the NYS Capitol) 11 a.m. to Completion — [...]

2019-05-29T15:17:55+00:00May 29th, 2019|

Wide Open Field Set to Contest 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women On Saturday, June 1 In Albany, N.Y.

Wide Open Field Set to Contest 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women On Saturday, June 1 In Albany, N.Y. Jenn Rhines, Melody Fairchild Set to Tussle for Masters (Over 40) Field ALBANY, NY (May 22, 2019) — Choosing a winner at this year’s Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K is going to be a challenging assignment. Unlike in previous editions where a clear-cut favorite has headlined this prestigious all-women’s road race, the 2019 open division features a collection of talented American distance runners who have never previously tasted victory in New York’s Capital City. “This year’s open division field is completely wide open,” said Elite Athlete Recruiter John Tope. “Anyone could run off with the title if they have a great run!” Scheduled to toe the line and vie for the $10,000 first place prize are: Elaina Tabb (Watertown, Mass.), 27, a William & Mary graduate currently competing with Team B.A.A.  Her recent accomplishments include 5th 2019 BAA 5K, 11th 2019 Houston Half Marathon (PR 1:10:44), 11th 2019 USATF XC Championships and 8th 2018 USATF Half Marathon Championships. Maddie Van Beek (Perham, Minn.), 27, the 7th woman in North Dakota State University (NDSU) track & field history to garner an Academic All-America distinction [...]

2019-05-21T23:46:33+00:00May 21st, 2019|

Freihofer’s® Run For Women To Host Health & Fitness Expo 5/30-5/31 At The Armory At Sage College

Event Features Last Chance Sign Up, Seminars and Family-Friendly Health and Fitness Activities ALBANY, N.Y. (May 16, 2019) — Capital Region residents are invited to get their summer off to a healthy start by attending the Freihofer’s Run for Women’s Health & Fitness Expo, a companion event to the 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women. The free, two-day event, which is open to the general public, will be held Thursday, May 30 from 4-8 p.m. and Friday, May 31 from noon to 7 p.m. at The Armory at Sage College of Albany on New Scotland Avenue. “The Freihofer's Run for Women Health and Fitness Expo showcases the best in health and fitness in the Capital Region,” said Freihofer’s Run for Women Co-director Kristen Hislop. “It highlights fitness facilities, health and wellness companies, health and fitness activities, nutrition and healthy eating, fitness apparel and gear, plus clinics on self-defense, mental health and running, and preparing yourself to run injury free. In addition, the Expo is the site for last chance registration for the Freihofer's Run for Women, Junior 3K and Kids’ Runs. Attendees can also pick up their race numbers, Freihofer's bread and, of course, delicious Freihofer's chocolate chip cookies!” "We're looking [...]

2019-05-16T00:41:52+00:00May 16th, 2019|

Freihofer’s® Run For Women To Award $10,000 To Girls Inc. And Caring Together, Inc.

Donations Will Come from 2019 Participant Registration Fees  ALBANY, N.Y. (May 14, 2019) — Two local charities with women-focused missions will receive checks totaling $10,000 from the 41st annual Freihofer’s Run for Women event registration fees. Girls Inc. of the Great Capital Region aims to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. The organization, which has offices in Albany and Schenectady, serves more than 1,000 girls annually through its award-winning, research-based programs, which are offered through after-school programs, school vacation week programs, Summer Fun Camps, Eureka!, and other outreach programs. “Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies and are entitled to thrive in communities that invest in their total physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Girls also need access to information, resources and skills to be effective partners in promoting their own healthy development,” said Ashley Jeffrey Bouck, executive director, Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region. “We are so grateful that the Freihofer's Run for Women has chosen to partner with us and invest in our local girls.” Albany-based Caring Together, meanwhile, plays a leading role in the battle against ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in the United States. [...]

2019-05-15T01:45:26+00:00May 15th, 2019|