Freihofer’s is a brand of baked goods that is famous for its bread and its legendary chocolate chip cookies. Freihofer’s was founded in Troy, New York in 1913. When the Freihofer Baking Company first opened its doors in 1913, Troy residents found free loaves of pan bread and French bread on their stoops for four days. This made them popular with the local community. Freihofer’s became known for their local delivery and “Pride of the Neighborhood” slogan.
100 years later, Freihofer’s continues to produce high quality tasty baked goods in Albany New York. Freihofer’s has also demonstrated a strong commitment to fostering the growth and recognition of women in sports and inspiring all generations of women to experience the health benefits. A perfect example of this is their sponsorship of the Freihofer Run For Women. On Saturday, I attended the 35th Annual Freihofer Run for Women in Albany.
The annual Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K in Albany, NY is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious all-female road races. The event featured thousands of women of all ages and abilities who competed alongside many of the world’s greatest long distance champions. From Olympians to recreational runner, it’s a wonderful blend of competition, participation and camaraderie. It’s not just a competition. It’s a celebration of women. Women from all over the world participated including former Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Beniot-Samuelson.
My youngest daughter ran in the race for the first time with one of her high school track teammates and loved the experience of running through the streets of Albany. Many mothers and daughters run the race together. This included our next door neighbors. For a few hours on a Saturday in June, Albany is the place to be for female runners of all ages and skills. What a great event and the perfect association for the Freihofer Brand.
The Freihofer’s Run for Women has helped inspire a large increase female participation in running. The first race was held in 1979 with 502 runners. Today’s race attracted over 5,000 runners. According to Running USA, in 1990, women made up only 25 percent of the nearly 4.8 million road racers in the United States. Today, women are the majority of the field in every road race from 5K through the Half Marathon.
Do you run and if you do what is your favorite distance?