Freihofer's Run for Women Set to Launch Third Annual Training Challenge

Freihofer's Run for Women
March 16, 2013

The Freihofer’s Run for Women Training Challenge is set to launch on Monday, March 18 with three convenient times to fit any schedule


ALBANY, NY — Ready to get in shape after a long winter, or recommit to an old New Year’s Resolution? Then dust off your sneakers and sign up for the Freihofer’s Run for Women Training Challenge (, which is set to launch on Monday, March 18 with three convenient times to fit any schedule.

Attracting 415 women last year ranging in age from 10-72, the Training Challenge is a 10-week program for runners of all abilities to prepare for the 35th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K on Saturday, June 1st. Now in its third year, the program follows an enhanced version of the well-known Couch to 5K Running Plan and includes novice, intermediate and advanced options, as well an introduction to sport walking.

"This is an excellent opportunity for women who have never run before to compete in one of the world’s largest and most prestigious women’s road races,” said longtime Event Director George Regan, noting that participants also benefit from the training advice provided by injury prevention experts, certified coaches and nutritionists. “The program in its entirety gives these women a tremendous amount of support to start and continue running."

Weekly sessions led by certified coaches and group team leaders — local Capital Region media personalities — will take place Mondays at The Crossings of Colonie and Saturdays at the Colonie Town Park. Runners are expected to complete a third workout involving walking, jogging and/or running on their own during the week.

Training Challenge participants receive a unique Freihofer's Run for Women Training Challenge t-shirt, access to a hospitality tent refreshment area on race day, nutritional and injury prevention tips, a virtual email program, race day recognition through branded Training Challenge bracelets, and nutritious Freihofer's products.

Those looking for more information about the Training Challenge are invited to attend a one-hour presentation this Thursday in Troy. The session, held at The Community Media Lab (501 Broadway), will cover how to get started in a running program and remain injury free, and will include an overview of the 3rd annual Freihofer’s Training Challenge. Presenters include Run for Women Even Director George Regan; Kristen Hislop, a USAT certified triathlon coach and AFAA certified personal trainer; Patrick Lynskey, a USATF certified coach and NASM CPT; local injury prevention specialist Dr. Tim Maggs; and, Christine Cooley, a certified family and gastroenterolgy nurse practitioner with more than 15 years' experience in health and wellness promotion. Seating is limited, so please register at

For more information or to register for the Freihofer’s Run for Women and the Training Challenge, visit From the home page, you can also link to the event’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. A dedicated Training Challenge Facebook page can be found at: Training Challenge questions can also be directed to the Run for Women office at (518) 273-5552. Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets, CSC, The City of Albany, FOX23, the Times Union, and 99.5 TheRiver.

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