Athletics: Freihoferís Run for Women 5K Announces New, Improved Course For 2015/2016 Events
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 28, 2015) - A two-year beautification project by the New York State Office of General Services slated to enhance the Madison Avenue overpass and the Empire State Plaza has led organizers of the Freihoferís Run for Women to relocate the 2015 (May 30) and 2016 (June 4) editions of the event.
Beginning this year, participants taking part in the prestigious 5K - one of only a handful of road races in the world to hold a prestigious road race label designation from the IAAF, the world governing body for track and field ó will now start and finish the run on Washington Avenue adjacent to the New York State Capitol and directly in front of City Hall.
"Our site offers participants a great venue in the heart of downtown with a spectacular downhill finish," said Event Director George Regan, whose event management team worked closely with the Mayorís Office, the New York State Office of General Services and the Albany Police Department to facilitate the course change. "I couldnít be happier about what we have been able to accomplish together in creating an even better experience for participants and spectators alike."
Following the traditional air horn start, runners will proceed 1.5 km west on Washington Avenue to Western Avenue. They will then turn left at Robin/State Streets into Washington Park, where the bulk of the event will take place under the cool, tree-lined canopy. After proceeding east around scenic Washington Park Lake, runners will exit the park at Sprague Place before turning east onto Washington Avenue. The race will conclude with a dramatic downhill dash towards majestic City Hall.
Regan said that new course benefits include:
Access - The new course can be reached with ease from four exits off of I-787 south, including Colonie/Columbia Street, Clinton Avenue, Empire State Plaza and Madison Avenue, as well as off the Arbor Hill Exit on I-90. Greater entry points are expected to reduce event traffic congestion.
Parking - Ample parking will be available to participants at lots located at Sheridan Hollow, Lower Sheridan, Swan & Elk, Elk, Hilton Albany garage, as well as Empire State Plaza (P-3 and V-Lots), the East Garage, and the Times Union Center, among others.
Viewing - For those heading downtown to cheer on loved ones, there will be improved access to the start/finish line. Additionally, viewing options will now feature bleachers adjacent to the start/finish line.
"Participants who have run Freihoferís for many years will notice the elevation of the hill start isnít as steep as Madison Avenue," Regan said. "Whatís more, the new course will utilize much more of Washington Park than the previous edition, which I know will please many of our longtime runners."
At the raceís conclusion, runners will gather in East Capitol Park for the awards ceremony, as well as post-event refreshments and entertainment. Adjacent Academy Park will serve as home base for more than 100 invited American and international long distance runners, medical services and childrenís entertainment.
In addition to playing host to the 5K, the new course will also serve as the temporary home for the Freihoferís Junior 3K, Freihoferís Kidsí Run (50m, 100m, 200m and 400m) and the Freihoferís Community Walk, which will be held back-to-back starting at 11 a.m. The USA 5km Race Walk Championships and SportWalk clinic, usually held the same day as the 5K, have been moved to Sunday, May 31 at 9 a.m. at the Corning Preserveís Jennings Landing.
"The Freihoferís Run for Women is one of the highlights on the City of Albanyís sport-ing calendar," said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who noted that the race was recently voted #5 on Competitor Magazineís 2015 "Must Do" 5Kís in the U.S. "It attracts world-wide attention and is our chance to show off the Capital Region to the world. After the race, we invite runners and spectators to stick around and replenish their fluids and calories at one of the Cityís great restaurants."
"Having this event in the shadows of Albany City Hall and the New York State Capitol will provide one of the finest road race venues in the state," she added. "I encourage everyone to either take part in the Run for Women, or come downtown to cheer on a loved one!"
For more details about the course change, including maps, parking and directions, please visit FreihofersRun.com. To register for the 37th annual Freihoferís Run for Women, 28th annual Kidsí Run, 27th annual Community Walk and 5th annual Freihoferís Junior 3K, visit FriehofersRun.com.
Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets, CSC and The City of Albany. Media partners include CBS6, 810 & 103-1 News Radio WGY and 99.5 The River.
Freihofer's, a leading baker of wholesome 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 good nutrition. Freihofer's continues to set the pace by sponsoring the annual Freihofer's Run for Women 5K. Now in its 37th year, the event is home to the Master's World & U.S. All-Comers record and boasts a silver label designation from the IAAF, the world governing body for track and field. It features thousands of women of all ages and abilities from Olympians to recreational joggers, who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course. For more information, visit Friehofers.com.