During the FWR, a 10-kilometer race is held concurrently with the 5K race. The race has been the venue for the national road championships on many occasions: acting as the 10K championship from 1979 to 1988, and then serving as the 5K nationals in 1989, 1990 and 1993 to 2004. Five women have participated in the FRW every year since it began, including Denise Herman, a local runner who won the 5k in 1984 and again in 1987.
Lynn Jennings is the race's most successful runner, having won the 10K race twice and the 5K race a further six times over the period between 1987 and 1998. Marla Runyan, who is legally blind due to Stargardt disease, won three consecutive national titles at the Freihofer's Run for Women from 2002–2004.
In 2005, the race was won in record time by Asmae Leghzaoui, though several world class athletes boycotted the event due to Leghzaoui's history of using illegal substances. Her course record was broken by Emily Chebet who ran a time of 15:12 to win the 2010 race. Betty Jo Geiger remains the record holder for the 10K race with her 1986 winning time of 32:13.
Sarah Pagano of Brighton, from Massachusetts, was the year's leading champion with a time of 15 minutes, 48 seconds. The 26 -year-old was the first of 3,567 participants to complete the 5K course, surging to the lead in just the final 400 meters! Making her the happy recipient of a $10,000 prize!
Pagano, a Boston Athletic Association runner and former track member at Syracuse University told the press: “I came in and just wanted to compete and not worry about anything else, just do the best I could. I’m really happy to be able to come away with the win.” Though her win came as no surprise to onlookers as she had also came in first at the 2012 Big East outdoor 10,000m dash.
Pango however was only one of many impressive participants in this year's event. only 5 seconds behind was Steph Bruce of Flagstaff, AZ followed closesly by a fellow Flagstaff resident and three-time Olympian Diane Nukuri.
Overall the Event was a huge sucess and a fun way to celebrate the 40th aniversary of a race supporting not just health but women! Thanks Freihofer!!