All The Kids Are Doing It (Running In Albany!)

by Sandra Foyt on June 11, 2010

in Outdoors with Kids

freihofers It’s been years since my last road race, and I had no intention of starting up again with the Freihofer’s 32nd Run for Women 5K.  I gave up running a long time ago, thinking that my knees have been good to me so far, and wanting to keep it that way.

My fourteen-year-old daughter has no such worries.  She hadn’t done a thing to train for this run, but at her age, she imagines that she is invincible.

I would’ve been happy to skip it altogether, but she pleaded that all her friends were doing it so in a moment of weakness, I gave in.  We signed her up, and since I didn’t want to sit around waiting for her, I signed up too.

That was either the dumbest or the smartest thing I ever did.  It was dumb because a 45-year-old body doesn’t recover from that kind of impact easily.  It was smart because I realized that I’m not to old to run.  Not at all.  There were many women, much older than I and in various shapes and sizes, who ran this race.  Some for the first time, but many who run it every year.

Running is a great sport for the whole family, with a whole community devoted to inspiring runners.  Area running clubs welcome kids to races, fun training runs, and social events throughout the year.

Running Clubs In The Capital Region

  • Albany Running Exchange – With members ranging in age from 7 to 73, this group offers activities and events that appeal to a wide spectrum, from the Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon to the No Kids Allowed 5K.  My teen wants to try out the weekly summer trail run series at area parks, and ARE’s Inaugural Run & Tube Day.
  • Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club – The area’s largest running organization, HMRRC has been around since the early 70’s.  Dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running through education and training to promote running as a part of a healthy lifestyle, the club organizes nearly 30 running events each year.

Races That Caught My Eye

Got any other races that kids (of all ages) might like?  I’d love to hear about them!

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

SarahNicole June 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Wow! I just saw a link to our Race for Hope on your site. How exciting! I’m the race director. Thank you so much for the link! All proceeds go to two super great LOCAL organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities and St. Peter’s Hospital Cancer Care Center. Also, I just wanted to add that there is a student challege portion of the race where students can enlist their school’s to do teams and the biggest fundraiser can win a SMARTBOARD for their school. I am happy to give you more information to post or anyone can feel free to contact me for more information at
or 518-441-8570

There’s a lot of exciting event elements in the works too! I am happy to send over news items as they come up.

Thank you!

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