Thousands of women laced up their shoes for the 38th annual Freihofer’s Run

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Nearly 4,000 women registered for the 38th annual Freihofer’s Run. This race showcased elite distance runners from all over the country and women that are running for other personal reasons.

“I’m here to honor my sister Lori. She and I ran in 2011 and then she passed away in 2012. So every year I’m here I think of her and the fun we had on the day we ran back in 2011,” said Mary-Lee Smaldone, a 10 year runner of this race.

For some women it’s a competitive race, tracking their time and logging their results to compare to other races.

Dozens of local women’s advocacy groups entered teams to show their support of women in the Capital Region, such as Black Girls Run, who just started their Albany chapter.

“The statistics show that obesity is the number one cause of women dying within the African-American female population.  So these women created a running group to help encourage women to move more and have fit lives,” said Albany Ambassador of black Girls run Olivia Frempong.

For the elite runner that were invited to the race, this is another stop on a tour of 5K’s and mini marathons that make up that race season and every win is hard-earned.

“Every day I go out, I’m always thankful that I’m able to run and just really enjoy it. Once you enjoy it, then all the strength and fitness comes around and you get that performance that you want, “said 5K racer Brianne Nelson.

We’re fierce, we’re divas, we’re strong, we’re motivated,” said Frempong.

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