Freihofer’s Run For Women 2023

by Christine Bishop

The chilly, wet race day weather did not dampen the spirit of the 2,391 racers who completed the 46th annual Freihofer’s Race for Women. Tristan Van Ord of Boone, N.C. won first place in 15:44 and walked away $3,000 richer. The pre-race favorite to win, Allie Keiffer, came in 8th.

A look back in time: Freihofer's Run for Women celebrates 45 years Click above for magnificent article from the Times Union celebrating Freihofer's Run for Women

Results 2023 Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k – TOP 40

Tristin Van Ord – Blowing Rock, NC – 15:54
Jessie Cardin – Rochester Hills, MI – 16:00
Anne-Marie Blaney – Rochester, MI – 16:02
Marielle Hall – Providence, RI – 16:08
Olivia Pratt – Auburn Hills, MI – 16:09
Lydiah Njeri Mathathi – Columbia, SC – 16:16
Cleo Boyd – Charlottesville, VA – 16:17
Allie Kieffer – Austin, TX – 16:32
Melissa Lodge – Providence, RI – 16:43
Sheridan Wheeler – Greenfield Center, NY – 16:48
Maegan Krifchin – Cambridge, MA – 16:51
Amanda Chambers – Schenectady, NY – 16:59
Emily Bush – Saratoga Springs, NY – 17:12
Olivia Lomascolo – Ballston Lake, NY – 17:20
Cara Udvadia – Clifton Park, NY – 17:30
Abbi Raghubar – Voorheesville, NY – 17:33
Purity Munene – Columbia, SC – 17:57
Anna Steinman – Springfield, MA – 17:58
Emily Taft – Albany, NY – 17:58
Olivia Beltrani – Troy, NY – 18:01
Emily Burns – Slingerlands, NY – 18:03
Diane Ryan – Ballston Spa, NY – 18:04
Tricia Longo – Halfmoon, NY – 18:10
Karen Bertasso Hughes – Selkirk, NY – 18:14
Alycia Hart – Gansevoort, NY – 18:19
Nicole Moslander – Schenectady, NY – 18:22
Hayley Flemming – Ghent, NY – 18:31
Lizzie Predmore – Ballston Spa, NY – 18:33
Stephanie Popovitch – Medford, NY – 18:50
Heidi Berglund – Gansevoort, NY – 18:52
Alyssa Connors – Saratoga Springs, NY – 18:58
Jessica Charles – Oriskany, NY – 18:59
Katherine Bannigan – Slingerlands, NY – 19:03
Amanda Aussems – Slingerlands, NY – 19:04
Kate Turner – Porter Corners, NY – 19:09
Meghan Mortensen – Glenville, NY – 19:10
Yue Tong Ang – Gansevoort, NY – 19:10
Meg Champagne – Saratoga Springs, NY – 19:11
Iley Centea – Gansevoort, NY – 19:12
Cora Conley—Saratoga Springs, NY

The following quotes from the runners come from a Times Union article by Mark Singelais. Click here for article.

Not sure of her finish, Van Ord said, "I started hearing people's cheers, like maybe 50 meters (from the finish), and they were like, 'You got it, you got it!!" Van Ord said. "I was like, 'OK, they're not cheering for anyone else, so I think I'm good.' Honestly, coming down that hill, I could get passed. At the very end, I was like, 'Just keep going.'"

Van Ord did come to the race with an impressive result from the January 15 at Chevron Houston Marathon in Texas where she was the fourth woman overall and the first American female in a field of over 27,000 runners!

"I decided to do this race because I did the Houston Marathon and I knew I wanted to do maybe one more marathon before the (Olympic) trials," Van Ord said. "But I didn't want to do two more because that would be a lot. So, I decided to take this summer as like just doing some shorter races and just having some fun and doing something different."

Ryan, the master's champion who earned $1,000, said she stayed away from the younger elite runners to avoid going too fast early in the race.

"I was nervous this year, just expectations going in," Ryan said. "Internal pressure. You have that target on your back. I was just hoping to repeat and defend and we did that."

Click here for complete Freihofer’s Run for Women Race

Click here for Event History

In keeping with the Pace Setter’s new initiative to report news throughout the month, next week there will be complete coverage of all the winners of the many contests at the Freihofer race to Kristin Hislop, the race director, talking about what it’s like directing such a huge, complex race to HMRRC photos of the event by Neil Sergott, Ray Lee and an ARE photographer. So as is said,

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