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Freihofer’s Run for Women Training Challenge
ALBANY – The eighth annual Freihofer’s Run for Women Training Challenge kicks off on Monday, March 19. Participants can sign up for the 10-week program when they register online for the Freihofer’s Run 5K. The Training Challenge costs $55 and includes a Training Challenge T-shirt; seminars and clinics relating to strength training, nutrition, injury prevention, running form and core strength; and offers from program partners, including a free three-month CDYMCA membership, class discounts and more.
“The Freihofer’s Training Challenge is designed to prepare you to run your best at the Freihofer’s Run for Women 5K,” said Freihofer’s Run for Women co-director Kristen Hislop. “We offer a beginner program for those who are new to running. Our intermediate program is a great option for those who completed last year’s challenge or want more interval workouts. Our advanced program is for those athletes ready for focused speed and distance workouts.”
Training Challenge registrants select one of the following Training Challenge sites/sessions as their home base: Mondays: The Corning Preserve, Albany at 6:30am; The Crossings of Colonie, Loudonville at either 1pm or 6pm; or Core in Glens Falls at 6pm. Wednesdays: Capital District Y branches in Duanesburg, Delanson; Glenville; Greene County, West Coxsackie; Southern Saratoga, Clifton Park; Troy; Founders HIIT & Strength Club, Delmar; Power House Athletics, Colonie; Brick House Fitness, Voorheesville at 6pm. Thursdays: iRun LOCAL, Saratoga Springs at 9am.
“Everyone completes a second workout during the week with us or on their own,” added Kristen. The third weekly workout session will be held in a group format on Saturdays at 8:30am at Colonie Town Park. Each Saturday session will conclude with seminars and clinics on strength training, nutrition, injury prevention, running form and core strength. Intermediate and advanced groups will also be asked to incorporate a fourth weekly workout on their own schedule.
Registration closes April 1. To register for the Training Challenge or virtual program, visit freihofersrun.com or facebook.com/freihoferstrainingchallenge.
Short Track Age Group Nationals on March 23-25
SARATOGA SPRINGS – The US Speedskating Short Track Age Group National Championships will be held at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink on Friday-Sunday, March 23-25. There will be two US Olympian skaters fresh from South Korea attending on Saturday 3-5:30pm and Sunday all day. On Saturday, there will be an “Olympians: Vision to Execution” presentation, a tutorial on equipment, and Olympian autograph session on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
This is the nation’s largest speed skating competition. On Saturday evening, the Skate extravaganza includes the exciting 500-meter National finals where you can see future Olympians compete. Food trucks will be at the rink all day on Saturday for the “Ice-Cut” Food Truck Festival. For more info, go to saratogawinterclub.com or call 518-587-9438.
Mountainman Has a New Dedicated Shoe Store
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, located at 490 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, has expanded its continually growing store, featuring a new dedicated footwear department. Adding to their selection of popular brands of outdoor gear and clothing like Patagonia, The North Face, Keen, Prana, Marmot, Osprey and many others, they now have a new showroom.
From light hiking, trekking, water sports, fitness, casual lifestyle and sandals they’ll have whatever your feet need to stay protected and comfortable. Their most popular brands such as Keen, Merrell, Olukai, Dansko, Birkenstock, Blundstone, Smartwool, Salomon, La Sportiva, Sanuk and Darn Tough will be expanded with many new brands through the season.
Knowledgeable staff can offer expert service to provide you with the right shoe, sandal or boot at an affordable price. Seasonal styles, everyday casual and technical footwear, whether you are hiking the Adirondacks or shopping in downtown Saratoga Springs, Mountainman Outdoors has the footwear to meet your needs. Visit the new store, call 518-584-3500 or go to mountainmanoutdoors.com.
Revolution of Consciousness in Albany on May 6
ALBANY – The Revolution of Consciousness (RevCon) is expanding to Albany on Sunday, May 6 at the Desmond Hotel. A healthy living, healthy planet expo founded in Boston by Natural Awakenings Boston magazine publisher Maisie Raftery, RevCon is a day filled with expansion and lasting connection between vendors and attendees.
The event features local exhibitors and presenters from the seven dimensions of wellness including physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, financial and environmental. Highlights include a screening of Secret Ingredients, a powerful new film by Jeffrey Smith and Amy Hart, which shares remarkable stories of people that regain their health after removing these ‘secret ingredients’ from their diet. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Amy Hart and Kathleen DiChiara, a featured participant in the documentary.
Additional opportunities include varied bodywork offerings, space for quiet contemplation, energy work and sound healing, a labyrinth for walking meditation, movement classes, workshops and presentations from local experts, local food truck and vendors within the healthy living realm. Tickets are $16. Use code RevConADK18 for $5 off registration until March 31. For tickets and info, visit revconevents.com.
45th annual Tenandeho White Water Derby
STILLWATER – The Tenandeho White Water Derby is celebrating its 45th running on Sunday, March 25 starting at Coons Crossing Road, Tenandeho Creek just outside of Mechanicville. Participants can kayak, canoe or pole 4.5 miles on the fast moving waters to the Hudson River to downtown Mechanicville. The narrow, winding creek is also called the Anthony Kill and flows from Round Lake to the Hudson River. The course includes three Class II rapids and finishes with a Class II-III segment.
The Tenandeho will also be a part of the NECRA race series this year. There is no age minimum or limit for the race, however all paddlers must wear USCG approved over the shoulder life jackets and helmets. Emergency rescue workers will be on hand throughout the derby. There are only two white water races of this kind in the state so register early. For more info, contact John Casey at 518-810-7579 or go to tenandeho.org.
Tate Frantz Crowned Junior National Ski Jumping Champion
ANCHORAGE, AK – Lake Placid resident, 12-year-old, Tate Frantz qualified for the US Ski Jumping Junior Nationals that took place Feb 22-28 in Anchorage, Alaska. Tate competes for New York Ski Education Foundation training at the Olympic Ski Jumps in Lake Placid and has been jumping for five years. Three NYSEF athletes including Bryce Kloc, 12, of Clifton Park and Matt White, 16, of Lake Placid also qualified and participated at the Junior National Championships.
After a great first jump distance on the 65-meter hill, Tate put down a distance of 64.5. His second jump however, he caught a beautiful headwind and put down a hill record distance of 70.5. With a very close point spread in the top six, Tate was able to come away with the National Ski Jumping title in the Under-16 category. This was the first National title for a local NYSEF ski jumper since 2006 and Tate will have three more years in this division at the National level. Bryce Kloc finished 7th in U16 and Matt White finished in 4th in U20.
NYSEF athletes were joined with other competitors from New Hampshire and Vermont to make up the Eastern division. The Eastern division is under the direction of NYSEF head coach and former NYSEF jumper, Colin Delaney. This was a red banner winter for the Eastern team. They earned the gold in U16 Jumping with Tate Frantz, U16 Nordic Combined with Evan Nichols, U20 Nordic Combined with Henry Johnstone, and for the first time since 2006, team East won the overall team event over the Central and Rocky Mountain divisions. Tate, Evan, Henry and Matt made up this championship team. Another team event, the two-person team Nordic combined, Tate and Evan earned silver in jumping and Nordic skiing skate relay for U16s. Learn more at nysef.org.
Great cover article, “Three Favorites in Rural Albany County” (February 2018), by Rich Macha about three of your favorite wilder, ungroomed destinations for the cross country skier and snowshoer. I did want to mention two things though about Wolf Creek Falls Preserve.
You write that since there’s not a bridge here, people could use the rail corridor to get across the creek. However, people are not allowed to trespass on the rail corridor. The railroad only runs about one train a week, so the risk in minimal, but they are really strict about it. We’ve actually had to undergo railroad safety training after a group was observed trespassing. Just wanted to point that out so you and your readers are aware.
We don’t have a bridge over the Wolf Creek because these streams just rage at times, but most of the year they hardly even flow and are easily forded. The changing climate has really made us pause before installing bridges. Though it is inconvenient for visitors, we try to avoid structures. Thanks again.
Mark King, Executive Director
Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy