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Registration Opens for the 44th Annual Freihofer’s Run for Women

Registration Opens for the 44th Annual Freihofer’s Run for Women

ALBANY — The Freihofer’s® Run for Women has announced that online registration is open for the 44th year of the event, which will take place on June 4, 2022, in Albany’s downtown. The Run for Women 5K, the Kids’ Run, and the Freihofer’s® Junior 3K will be held on the same day. 

On Feb. 2, Freihofer’s® Run for Women also announced that this year they will be partnering with the Capital District YMCA to help participants achieve their goals through the 11-week Freihofer’s® Training Challenge. The announcement came at a fitting time, as Wednesday was also National Girls and Women in Sports Day. 

“Each year the Freihofer’s Run brings thousands of women and girls together for this sporting event that has become a true tradition in the City of Albany,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. “This year’s new partnership with the Capital District YMCA for the Training Challenge is sure to encourage more participants and create an environment where people can achieve their goals.” 

The Training Challenge opens on March 21 at various Capital District YMCA locations as well as online. This program allows participants to run the races how they want to – whether running the duration, walk/run in intervals, or speed walking. The Training Challenge is $55 and includes a custom performance shirt, a 12-week membership to the Y, and life-long friendships established along the way. A fun extra perk is access to the Training Challenge Tent at the Run for Women 5K where participants take an annual group photo. Participants must register for the race to participate in the Training Challenge. 

“The Training Challenge is a fantastic way to get ready for the 44th Freihofer’s® Run for Women,” said Kristen Hislop, Director, Freihofer’s® Run for Women. “No matter where you are in your fitness journey, we have a track for you. Whether you walk or run the event, you’ll get training, nutrition, and injury prevention tips. But more than that, you’ll find a new community. The Training Challenge empowers women year after year to finish the 5K and tackle bigger challenges. We do it together, which makes it fun.” 

Mentors Needed!

The Training Challenge began in 2000 as a trainee-runner program and features small groups led by mentors who follow a beginner’s 5K training plan. The program has become so successful that Freihofer’s® Run for Women organizers are calling for more mentors to help others through the Training Challenge. Mentors can be accomplished athletes, someone who has previously gone through the same challenge, or even just a running enthusiast. It is an enriching experience that allows mentors to provide trainees with the tools to keep going. Organizers encourage anyone interested to reach out to Sharon Maltbie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Registration Details 

Registration for the Run for Women 5K is now open with a $22 registration fee through Feb. 22. The fee will increase to $30 on Feb. 23 and will be $40 in the days leading up to the event. 

All run participants will receive a commemorative performance shirt, Freihofer’s® products, a medal, and the opportunity to participate in the most empowering event in the region, if not nation. To sign up, visit runsignup.com/Race/NY/Albany/FreihofersRunforWomen. 

For more information on the 44th Annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, the annual Kids’ Run, and the Freihofer’s® Junior 3K Run, visit the Run Sign Up Page. More information can also be found on the Freihofer’s Run for Women Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube pages. 

This year’s event sponsors include Price Chopper/Market 32, the City of Albany, Capital District YMCA, Russell Sage College, and more soon to be announced. 

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