Strong North American Field Looking to Reclaim Freihofer's Run 5k Title For First Time Since 2004
Albany, NY (May 13, 2010) — With Boston Marathon champion Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia returning to defend her title and three-time winner Benita Willis of Australia in search of her fourth, the North American elite field will certainly have its work cut out at the 32nd Freihofer's Run for Women 5K, scheduled for Saturday, June 5th, 2010 in Albany, NY.
But if there were ever a group of North American women assembled to reclaim the title last won by American Marla Runyan in 2004, this field might be it.
"Without a doubt, this is the strongest North American field we've assembled in quite a few years," noted Event Director George Regan. "From experienced professional distance runners to young up and comers, this group poses a serious threat. I wouldn't be surprised to see one of them finish on the podium."
Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, 36, of Oakland, CA, a U.S. Olympian who placed 2nd at the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials and 2nd at the 2010 Rotterdam Marathon (2:26:22), is scheduled to race. Originally from Poland, Lewy-Boulet became an American citizen in 2001. She was the first American female to cross the line at the 2009 New York City Marathon, and was on the 2010 U.S. 3rd place World Cross-Country team.
In contention will also be Sara Slattery (pictured), 28, who grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and finished 1st at the 2008 USA 8k Championships, 4th at the 2008 Olympic Trials 5k and, more recently, 1st at the 2010 Bermuda 10k. Slattery has a personal best of 15:08 in the 5K.
The deep pool of American runners also includes:
- Rebecca Donaghue, 34, of State College, PA, 5th place finisher at the 2009 USA Track & Field Championship for 5K distance. Donaghue came in 5th at the recent Stanford Track Meet 10K.
- Tera Moody, 29, of Boulder, CO, who chronicles much of her training and racing on the Freihofer's Run for Women blog (http://blog.freihofersrun.com/), and is fresh off her win at the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle in March.
- Allison Grace, 28, of Columbus, OH, who finished 3rd in the 5,000m at the women's Olympic Development race with a time of 15:49. She was a finalist at the 2008 Olympic Track & Field Trials for the 10K distance. She placed 6th last week at the Stanford Track Meet 10K.
- Maureen McCandless, 27, of Bethlehem, PA, who placed 1st at the women's Olympic Development 10K in April with a time of 32:57 -- the fastest winning time since 2001.
- Toni Salucci, 24, of Wading River, NY, who placed 2nd at the Penn Relays 5000m and is the Cornell University record holder for the Indoor 3000m.
- Molly Pritz, 22, of Williamsport, PA, the 2009 USATF Mid-Atlantic Female Athlete of the Year.
Rounding out the elite North American field is renowned Mexican athlete, Madai Perez, 30, who represented Mexico at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is the Mexican national record holder in the marathon (2:22:59). Her personal bests include 4:24:19 at 1,500m, 15:57 at 5K and 31:30 at 10K. She was 2nd at the 2008 NY Mini 10K.
"The Freihofer's Run for Women has a rich tradition of great American distance runners," added Elite Athlete Recruiter John Tope. "It is important that the tradition continues, and I am excited that this year's American field is one of the deepest and most talented since Freihofer's went to the international format in 2005."
A 30-minute Freihofer's Run for Women TV special will air Saturday, June 5th at 10:30 p.m. on FOX23. This year's race will once again include the USA 10K Open and Junior Race Walk Championships featuring many of the nation's top race walkers.
To register for the Freihofer's Run for Women, or for more information about the 22nd annual Freihofer's Community Walk, 23rd annual Freihofer's Kids' Run and 8th annual CapitalCare Health & Fitness Expo, visit freihofersrun.com. From the home page, you can also link the event's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.
Event sponsors include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets, The City of Albany, FOX23, the Times Union, WGNA, host hotel 74 State, CSC, Subway. and Dale Miller Restaurant.
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 32nd year, the event, which is home to the Master's World & U.S. All-Comers record, features thousands of women of all ages and abilities from Olympians to recreational joggers, who challenge themselves on the picturesque 3.1-mile course. For more information, visit http://www.freihofers.com.