Freihofer’s Training Challenge

Training Challenge

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The Freihofer's Training Challenge prepares you to run in the Freihofer's Run for Women 5k using the popular Couch to 5k Training Program. We will be offering a beginner program for those who are new to running in addition to an intermediate program for those who completed last year's challenge or want more advanced workouts. Advanced program: Our advanced program is for those athletes ready for focused speed and distance workouts. Athletes should already be able to run five (5) or more miles at a time.

Garelick Farms

Garelick Farms is proud to sponsor the Freihofer’s Training Challenge.

For 10 weeks starting March 21, give your motivation a boost, improve your performance and make some new friends by joining one of three teams scheduled around a 6:30a, 1:00p or 6:00p Monday timeslot.

As a team member, you’ll join your team leader in a fun training program (complete with certified coach/trainer) based around the Couch to 5k Training Program. Through that popular fitness program, you’ll be trained to first walk, then jog and finally run the event’s 3.1 miles (intermediate program participants will have a more advanced workout).

Toward that end, you’ll (1) spend one day a week training with your team leader at The Corning Preserve (Monday's 6:30a) or The Crossings of Colonie (1p or 6p - see training times below), (2) another working out at a time that works best for you, and then (3) gather with your fellow participants for a group session led by our certified coach/trainer at 8:30 a.m. Saturday mornings at Colonie Mohawk River Park.

How to Register

You can sign up for the Training Challenge when you register online for the Freihofer's Run 5k. Online registration through the 5k registration is the only method of registering for this program. The cost of the program is $45. The Virtual Program is free. If you are already registered for the 5K but want to join the program, e-mail

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Freihofer's Couch to 5K

Those taking part will receive:

  • A Unique Freihofer's Run for Women Training Challenge t-shirt
  • Nutritional and injury prevention tips
  • Race day recognition through branded Training Challenge bracelets
  • Access to the Virtual Training Program
  • ...and a highly-rewarding experience -- all for only $45!

Don't forget to join us on our Freihofer's Training Challenge Facebook page!

If you have any questions, please call the Freihofer's Run for Women office at (518) 273-5552 or email

Maps & Locations

Saturday Sessions:
Colonie Mohawk River Park. Click to enlarge/print

Freihofer's Training
Google Maps directions
Monday Sessions:
Crossings of Colonie Park Map. Click to enlarge/print

Freihofer's Training Challenge


Q. Do I have to be registered for the Freihofer's Run for Women to be able to sign up for the Training Challenge?

A. Yes.

Q. What's the difference between the Full Training Challenge and Virtual Training Challenge?

A. The Full Freihofer's Training Challenge is a paid program that involves coaching and group training workouts. You can sign up when you register for the Freihofer's Run 5K or by e-mailing The Virtual Training Challenge is the e-mail aspect where participants receive e-mails that include the day's workouts. The Virtual Program is free to anyone. All Full Freihofer's Training Challenge participants automatically get signed up for these e-mails. All other can sign up here.

Q. I'm not receiving the e-mails. What do I do?

A. If you signed up and haven't seen any e-mails, please check your Spam folder and make sure that "" has been added to your Address Book or sign up for the Virtual Program with another e-mail address. Otherwise, please e-mail "” with details and we will try to help.

Q. Where do Full Freihofer's Training Challenge participants meet?

A. Group workouts are held Mondays at: The Corning Preserve (6:30a) and Crossings of Colonie (1p and 6p); and at Colonie Mohawk River Park Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. Here is the map for Colonie Mohawk River Park. The address for Colonie Mohawk River Park is 71 Schermerhorn Road Cohoes, NY 12047. Click here for directions. Google Maps driving directions here.

Disclaimer: The information presented by trainers and educators at weekly training sessions is solely informational so that participants can learn more on different health subjects. Nothing contained in the presentations or discussions is intended to constitute, nor should it be considered, medical advice or to serve as a substitute for the advice of a physician or health care provider. Any information provided is not intended to treat or cure any disease or condition. Always consult your health care provider for all health, diet and weight loss management.

The information should not be considered complete, nor should it be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual, nor is it intended to refer you to a particular medical professional or health care provider. It should not be used in place of a visit to, consultation with or advice of a qualified health care provider.

The material is made available with the understanding that we are not engaged in providing diagnostic and treatment advice in this setting. Should you have health care questions, call or see your qualified health care provider promptly. You should never disregard medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have heard during any portion of the training program. No promises are being made that the information in the presentations will be error free, or that it will provide specific results.

Participation is solely at your own risk. By participating in the training program you understand and acknowledge that everyone that contributes any information during the training program disclaims any liability to you, and all such persons are not liable for losses or damages which may result through the use of information, products and services in the presentations or any other material or information exchanged or related to the training challenge.