Saratoga Springs high schooler earns elite bib to Freihofer's Run for Women 5K

May 30, 2019 11:33 PM

SARATOGA - She's an internationally experienced runner. 

"I just like running,I like that it's challenging and it's fast-paced," Kelsey Chmiel said.

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Topping her list of recent local accomplishments, seventeen-year-old Chmiel has earned an elite bib to race in the upcoming Freihofer's Run for Women 5K.

"Freihofer's definitely has a lot of good competition so I'll just have fun you know and there are a lot of really good runners so it'll be a good experience," Chmiel said.

Kelsey placed in the top ten finishers both in 2017 and 2018, but says she'll be taking Saturday in stride.

"She's going on to run a division one in college and she's just such a sweet girl you know and does so well so what a great spokesperson for the region to go out," Kristen Hislop said, Friehofer's Race Co-Director.

Hislop says runners from six-years-old to eighty-nine years young will be joining the field of 3,500, adding that tradition is what keeps many coming back.

"If you need to walk it, walk it, run-walk it, just get there because if you sign up and you go to that start line you're going to get to the finish line because someone on that course is going to pull you through," Hislop added.

The two-day free health and fitness expo at Armory at Sage College was a chance for participants to pick up bibs and taste samples from local businesses like Power Surge protein-packed nut butters and pancake mixes.

"I think it's extremely important just to start at that age, get them to notice things and that young man was actually very smart he knew what he wanted," Gabe Young said, Power House Athletics Owner.

The expo will be open Friday from noon until seven.


Karen Tararache

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