Updated 06/02/2012 07:21 PM
Freihofer’s Run for Women is Saturday
Women from across nation and around the world gathered in Albany for the annual Freihofer's Run, even as the raindrops fell, the weather didn't stop this from being one of the most successful, if not competitive meets, ever.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- ALBANY, N.Y. -- Olympian and recreational runners hit the streets of Albany for the thirty fourth annual Freihofer's Run for Women.
Terry Fazio, of Utica said, “I'm the oldest of seven, and six of us are girls, so all six of us are here, and we brought a niece along."
Amateurs out in force, but elite runners had their eye on the prize. Last year’s 5K winner, Mamitu Daska from Ethopia won again this year, finishing in just 15 minutes and 19 seconds. Through a translator, she told us she enjoyed the race and despite the weather conditions, hopes to come back next year.
Mamitu Daska’s translator said, “The weather was kind of cold, but it pushed her to go further."
And the rest of the runners, too. The rain- didn't put a damper on the road race, attracting runners from 31 states and 17 countries, almost setting a record."
George Regan, the Director of the Freihofer's Run said, “This is the second largest field in the history of the event, 4,700 women came and they came out in the rain."
Jodi Heimgartner, of Seattle, Washington said, “I rather have the rain than the sun, I live in Seattle this is my running weather."
Runners said the race gives them a chance to work on their personal fitness, while at the same time crossing their own, personal finish lines.
Jennifer Grella, of Albany said, “This is my first time running this race so I'm really just hoping to finish it today"
Zulena DeGregori , of Stamford, New York said, “This particular run is very important, in memory of David Katrina a young boy from Stamford who died of a brain tumor "
Livey James, of the Colorado Hall of Fame said, “You look ahead of you, everyone ahead of you is a woman, it’s very competitive and that's fun."
The first American came in sixth place, and the first local winner was from Ballston Spa, she came in sixteenth overall.
Be sure to check out YNN Sports for highlights from the 34th Annual Freihofer's Run for Women.