Familiar Faces Set to Compete for Masters Title at June 4 Freihofer’s Run for Women in Albany, NY
N.Y. (May 19, 2016) ÛÓ If practice makes perfect, then the slew
of familiar faces vying for the masters (over 40) title at the 38th
Freihofer’s Run for Women (Saturday, June 4 in downtown Albany) will be
extremely well versed at navigating this 5K’s
The division’s leading contender will undoubtedly be last year’s second place finisher,
Sheri Piers, 44. The Falmouth, ME resident, who was
edged to the tape in 2015 by Boulder, Colo.’s Melody Fairchild (who
couldn’t make this year’s race due to the birth of her first child),
continues to run strongly and was the fourth master
(and 29th overall) at last month’s Boston Marathon. She also competed
at the 2016 Olympic Marathon trials held Feb. 13 in Los Angeles.
“Sheri is always a terrific competitor and we are thrilled to have her
back in our field,” said Elite Athlete Recruiter John Tope. “Like FRW
open field competitor Sara Hall, Sheri plans to compete in the event’s
mother/daughter competition with her daughter,
Karley, so this year will be extra special for her!”
Piers, who was inducted into the 41st class of the Maine Sports Hall of
Fame in January, will be joined on the starting line by veteran masters
Paula Wiltse, 48, (Brockville, ONT), who is known for her hard, front-running style and finished in third position in 2015 (18:00) and Marisa Sutera Strange, 52, (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), a special education P.E. teacher who
was fourth in 2015 (18:16) and earned 2015 National Masters 5K Championship accolades at Syracuse’s Festival of Races.
Event organizers have also received commitments from:
Benoit Samuelson, 58, (Freeport, ME), the first woman to win
Olympic gold in the marathon and a two-time Boston Marathon and Chicago
Marathon winner. Samuelson will join 13 other elite runners in the
event’s popular Invited Athlete School Visitation
Program. Through the program, now in its 23rd year, athletes visit area
elementary and middle schools to talk about healthy eating and exercise
habits, their training and travel schedules, as well as trips to the
Olympic games and other world championships.
- Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, 57, (Austin,
TX), a longtime fan favorite whose recent races include 5th 2015 World
Cross-Country Masters 8K Championships (Lyon, France), 1st 55-59
age group 2015 National Masters 5K Championship and 1st in the 55-59
age group at the 2015 National Master’s 12K Championship.
Tolan, 41, (Clifton Park, N.Y.), a local runner, who boasts a
string of recent successes, including 1st Master 2016 BAA 5K (17:44),
3rd Master 2016 Carlsbad 5K (17:37) and 3rd Master 2016 National Masters
10K Championships (James Joyce Ramble). Tolan
is one of 14 athletes from across the country selected to compete in a
masters invitational 1500m during the USA Outdoor Track & Field
Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. this July.
- Erin Corcoran, 41, (Schenectady,
N.Y.), runner up to Tolan at the 2016 BAA 5K (18:53), and whose recent
results include 4th Master 2016 Running of the Green 4 Mile, 2nd
Master 2015 Hangover Half and 3rd Master 2015 Cardiac Classic.
- Libby James,
79, (Fort Collins, Colo.), who received USATF’s Masters 2015 LDR Road
Runner of the Year accolades and who finished 1st in her age group at
the 2015 US Cross-Country
For more information about the 38th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women,
29th annual Kids’ Run and 6th annual Freihofer’s Junior 3K Run, visit freihofersrun.com. Online registration is open through midnight on Tuesday, May 31. From the event’s home page, you
can also link to the event’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price
Chopper Supermarkets and The City of Albany. Media partners include 99.5
The River, CBS6 and the
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
38th year, the event is home to the Master’s World Best & U.S.
All-Comers record of 15:48 set in 2004 by Colleen DeReuck and features
thousands of women from recreational joggers to Olympians
who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course. For more
information, visit freihofersrun.com