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Posted: May 12, 2017:  

Athletics: Nelson to Defend Crown at June 3 Freihofer's Run for Women in Albany, N.Y.:

Tuliamuk, Krifchin, Peyton, Kieffer and Van Alstine Also Set to Vie for $10,000 First Place Prize

ALBANY, NY (May 12, 2017) - Organizers of the Freihoferís Run for Women 5K today announced that Brianne Nelson will return to defend her title on Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m. in downtown Albany, N.Y.

Last year, in her first visit to New Yorkís capital city, the Golden, Colo. resident hit the tape first in a time of 15:45. Competing in an all-American field, she finished 10 seconds ahead of Sarah Hall from Redding, Calif., who ran the course in 15:55 and 25 seconds up on Maegan Krifchin from Silver Springs, Md. who crossed the line third in 16:10.

"I had such a great time in Albany and I'm looking forward to racing again at the Freihoferís Run," said Nelson, whose 2016 Run for Women appearance was her first ever 5K at sea-level. "There are not many pure women's races out there and I love being a part of a race that values increasing women's participation in this sport."

In order to retain her crown - and bank the $10,000 first place prize - Nelson will have to fend off challenges from a competitive group of American distance runners, including:

  • Aliphine Tuliamuk, 29, a native of Kapenguria, Kenya, who recently became a U.S. citizen. The Santa Fe, N.M. resident ran collegiately at Wichita State where she clocked the fifth-fastest 10,000m in NCAA history with a time of (32:07.20). Some of her recent accomplishments include: 2nd 2017 USATF Half Marathon Championship, 15th 2017 IAAF World Cross-Country Championship, 6th 2017 USATF 15K Championship, 5th 2017 Worldís Best 10K and 1st 2017 USATF Cross-Country Championship.
  • Maegan Krifchin (Bellmore, N.Y.), 29, a 2010 graduate of nearby Syracuse University, who is hoping to improve on her impressive third place 2016 finish (16:11) behind Brianne Nelson and Sara Hall. The part-time occupational therapist was 7th at the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials and finished 13th at the 2017 Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon.
  • Meghan Peyton (Bloomington, Minn.), 31, a Team USA Minnesota runner, who is looking to elevate her placing in Albany having finished 6th here in 2016 (16:27) and 9th here in 2011 (16:13). Peytonís recent results include 2nd 2017 Shamrock Shuffle, 15th 2017 USATF 15K Championships and 1st 2017 Jack Johnson Classic.
  • Allie Kieffer (Buffalo, NY), a Wake Forest University graduate who competed on the cross-country and track and field teams for four years earning All-ACC honors in cross-country in 2008. Kieffer, who boasts a 5K PR of 15:57, ran a strong race here in 2016 finishing fourth (16:18).
  • Amy Van Alstine (Flagstaff, Ariz.), 27, who has a 5K road personal best of 15:30. Currently training with HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite, the University of Richmond graduate was 4th here in 2013 (16:00) and recently placed 2nd at the 2017 NACAC Cross-Country Championship.

Also capable of creating an upset on the eventís scenic downtown course are:

  • Hannah Davidson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), 27, a graduate of Providence College and Syracuse University who earned NCAA Division I All-American honors in both cross-country and track. Recent post-collegiate successes include 9th 2017 Cherry Blossom 10M, 3rd 2017 University of Washington 5K and 10th 2016 Manchester Road Race. The former Saratoga High standout is set to visit five area schools in the lead up to race day as part of the eventís popular Athlete Visitation Program.
  • Joanna Thompson (Blowing Rock, NC), 24, an All American in cross-country at North Carolina State, and one of two ZAP Fitness-Reebok athletes in our field. A 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trialist, Thompson finished 9th here last year (16:44). Teammate Nicole Dimercurio (Blowing Rock, NC), 26, who is also returning, finished 11th (16:55) on her 2016 Freihoferís Run debut. She was an All-SEC performer in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the University of Georgia in Athens and a participant in the 2016 US Olympic Marathon Trials.
  • Ashley Higginson (Morristown, N.J.), 28, 1st 2017 NYRR Gridiron Classic 4M and 8th 2016 Manchester Road Race; Jamie Cheever (Seattle, WA), 30, who has a 5K personal best of 16:24 and was 8th at the 2017 Shamrock Shuffle and 3rd at the 2016 Bermuda Half Marathon; and, Katie Matthews (Rocky Hills, Conn.), 26, who has a 5K of 15:42 and whose recent results include 8th 2017 Cooper Bridge Run 10K, 1st 2017 Greater Boston Track Club Invitational 2M, 4th 2016 USATF 15K Championship, and 9th 2016 Houston Half Marathon.

"It is always exciting when America's best female runners take to the streets of Albany for the Freihofer's Run for Women 5K," said Elite Athlete Recruiter John Tope. "This year is a good mix of established champions and up and coming athletes. Our 39th edition will showcase the very best our nation has to offer."

For more information about the 39th annual Freihoferísģ Run for Women, 30th annual Kidsí Run and 7th annual Freihoferísģ Junior 3K Run, visit From the home page, you can also link to the event's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube pages.

Event sponsors/media partners include the Charles Freihofer Baking Company, Price Chopper Supermarkets, The City of Albany and 99.5 The River.

Freihofer'sģ, a leading baker of delicious 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 nutritious eating. Freihofer's continues to set the pace by sponsoring the annual Freihofer's Run for Women 5K. Now in its 39th 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

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