ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – One of Albany’s biggest events is happening this weekend.
The Freihofer’s Run for Women kicks off Saturday morning and will attract thousands of runners and spectators to the downtown area. That’s why those organizing the race and patrolling it want to make sure you are safe.
A lot of work is going into setting up for this race and it kicks off in less than 24 hours. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to making sure everyone stays safe.
As the barriers go up, the tents are raised and the distance is measured.
Elite Masters Runner Joan Benoit Samuelson will be one of the thousands who will step to the start line on Saturday morning.
“We all inspire each other it’s a two-way road in our sport we all give back and we all have each other’s backs.
There are more preparations are being made than what meets the eye.
“Several months of meetings and making sure that we’re going to have the right personnel where we need them to be for the day of the race.”
Brian Hogan, with the Albany Police Department, says there are endless things being done to make sure the race is secure and safe.
“Extra staffing and some security measures which include no backpacks or large duffles or purses of that nature will be allowed into the secured area.”
Race co-director Patrick Lynskey says clear bags will be provided.
“That way we can observe what people are bringing into the event site.”
Whether you are a spectator or runner, you are urged to be aware of their surroundings.
“Be observant. Be diligent. If you see something say something.”
Saying some may be concerned in light of recent events in Manchester.
“Any time there’s an event I think it kind of heightens awareness.”
Samuelson, who ran in the 2013 Boston Marathon, says runners and spectators can’t let events like that scare them.
“You can’t live in fear and we all need to follow our dreams and follow our hearts”
Hogan saying security measures for events of this caliber have defiantly changed since the bombing.
“I think we’ve all adapted our security measures as things have happened over the last couple years.”
Samuelson says when she sees people still racing, especially those who were affected by the attacks, it’s one of the things that keeps her going.
“It’s totally inspiring and if I motivate others there are certainly many more that motivate me.”
Race directors say they are always vigilant in keeping the runners and public safe in an event of this size and this year is no exception.
Parking Restricts and Road Closures for the race
Emergency No Parking May 31, 2017, at 8 a.m. until June 4, 2017, at 6 p.m.:
- State Street, south side from Eagle Street east 5 spaces
Emergency No Parking June 1, 2017, at 8 a.m. until June 3, 2017, at 6 p.m.:
- State Street, north side from Executive driveway at NYS Capital east to Eagle Street
Emergency No Parking, June 2, 2017, at 8 a.m. until June 3, 2017, at 6 p.m.:
- Lancaster Street, north side from Lark Street west 8 spaces
- N. Hawk Street, east side from Washington Avenue to Elk Street
Emergency No Parking, June 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. until June 3, 2017, at 6 p.m.:
- Washington Avenue, both sides from Eagle Street to S. Swan Street
- Park Street, both sides from Lancaster Street to State Street
- N. Hawk Street, west side from Elk Street to Washington Avenue
Emergency No Parking, June 3, 2017, 12:01 a.m. – 2 p.m.:
- All roads in Washington Park — both sides of all interior roadways
Emergency No Parking, June 3, 2017, 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.:
- Washington Avenue, both sides from S. Swan Street to Lexington Avenue
- Western Avenue, both sides from Washington Avenue to Robin Street
- Sprague Place, both sides from Western Avenue to State Street
- Eagle Street, both sides from Corning Place to Columbia Street
- State Street both sides from S Swan Street east to Eagle Street
- S. Swan Street, both sides from Washington Avenue north 6 spaces each side
Road Closure: June 2, 2017, at 7 p.m. until June 3, 2017, at 6 p.m.:
- Washington Avenue, eastbound and westbound between Eagle Street and S. Swan Street
- Washington Avenue, eastbound at Lark Street
- Washington Avenue, eastbound at Dove Street
- N. Hawk Street, northbound and southbound between Elk Street and Washington Avenue
Road Closure: June 3, 2017 12:01 a.m. – 2 p.m.:
- Washington Park – all park roadways (including Henry Johnson Boulevard between State Street and Madison Avenue)
Road Closures: June 3, 2017, 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.:
- Washington Avenue from S. Swan Street to Lexington Avenue
- Western Avenue, from Washington Avenue to Lake Avenue
- Robin Street from Washington Avenue to Western Avenue
- Sprague Place from Washington Avenue to State Street
- Henry Johnson Boulevard from Central Avenue to Madison Avenue
- Lark Street from Elk Street to State Street
- Dove Street from Elk Street to State Street
- S. Swan Street from State Street to Elk Street
- Eagle Street from State Street to Pine Street
- Corning Place from Lodge Street to Eagle Street
- Willett Street from Madison Avenue to State Street
- Lancaster Street from Lark Street to Willett Street
- Hudson Avenue from Lark Street to Willett Street