This weekend Albany will host the 39th Annual Freihofer’s Run For Women 2017. One of the world’s largest all-women road races, thousands of women of all ages (and running abilities) will compete in this 5K event. Children can run in the Freihofer’s Junior 3K Run or in one of the many Kids’ Runs taking place throughout the day.
Here are 6 things you didn’t know about the Freihofer’s Run For Women:
- For the first two years of its existence, the race was titled the Freihofer’s Run for Life
- The first Freihofer’s Run in 1979 the was won by Karin Von Burg, a Middlebury College junior, in a time of 34.26
- In 1985 the race was moved from its customary date in April to avoid the unsettled Spring weather of previous years.
- During the 1985 race Betty Springs, the defending champion, and Francie Larrieu-Smith produced the closest finish in Freihofer’s history. As they raced toward the finish line both athletes were so close that they were given the same time, a course record of 32.14, and a tie was declared.
- A wheelchair race was added to the day’s program in 1986
- In 1988 a new event on the program at the Freihofer’s Run for Women was the Freihofer’s Run for Kids. Staged within the confines of the Empire State Plaza, it attracted 300 children between the ages of two and 12, all of whom ran distances ranging from 50 meters to one mile.