Registration Open for 6/1 Freihofer's Run for Women; Training Challenge Launches 3/18

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 -- Online registration for the 41st Freihofer’s® Run for Women (Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m.), the Capital Region’s premier all-women’s 5K road race, is now open.


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 The first 500 women will be able to register for just $25.

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To help participants get in shape for race day, registration is also underway for the 9th annual Freihofer’s® Training Challenge starting Monday, March 18. 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 Training Challenge tech shirt; seminars and clinics relating to strength training, nutrition, injury prevention, running form and core strength; and, offers from program partners, including a free 10-week CDYMCA membership and class discounts at Brick House.

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“The Freihofer's Training Challenge is designed to prepare you to run your best time at the Freihofer's Run for Women 5K,” said Kristen Hislop, co-director, Freihofer’s Run for Women. “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. Our advanced program is tailored to those ready for focused speed and distance workouts who are already running five or more miles at a time.”

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.), The Crossings of Colonie (580 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville) at either 1 p.m. or 6 p.m., and, Core of Glens Falls, LLC (15 E Washington St Suite C) at 6 p.m. 
  • Wednesdays: at 6 p.m. at BrickHouse Fitness (18 Drywall Lane, Voorheesville) and these Capital District YMCA branches: Bethlehem (900 Delaware Ave., Delmar), Duanesburg (221 Victoria Drive, Delanson), Glenville (127 Droms Road), Greene County (35 Route 81, West Coxsackie), Guilderland (250 Winding Brook Drive), Southern Saratoga (One Wall Street, Clifton Park), and Troy (2500 21st Street).
  • Thursdays: at 6 p.m. at iRun LOCAL (18 Congress St #3, Saratoga Springs)

Everyone is then asked to complete a second workout during the week on their own. 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, click here. Registration closes April 1. A dedicated Training Challenge Facebook page can be found here.

For more information about the 41st annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, 32nd annual Kids’ Run and 9th 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.

Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets and The City of Albany. Media partners include 99.5 The River and the Times Union.

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 41st 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