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Brianne Nelson speaking to students at Green Meadow Elementary School.

Brianne Nelson speaking to students at Green Meadow Elementary School.

The day before Albany’s 38th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women, elite runner and 3-time USA team member Brianne Nelson visited Green Meadow Elementary School. She spoke to students in grades 2-5, including the Green Meadow and Bell Top Running Clubs.

Nelson gave the young runners tips on nutrition, how to train and race strategies. The following day, Nelson won the Freihofer’s Race for Women 5K with a time of 15:46.

After the national race, members of the Green Meadow and Bell Top Running Clubs participated in the 3K Junior Race. Green Meadow’s Carter Norton, Elle Hutton and Alex Swinnie all earned 1st place medals for their age groups. Bell Top’s Cameron Mingle placed fifth place overall and Seana Weerakoon placed first in her age group.


NameSchoolTimeAge GroupOverall
Carter NortonGreen Meadow11:341st in 10-11 Boys2nd
Cameron MingleBell Top12:243rd in 10-11 Boys5th
Alex SwinnieGreen Meadow12:411st in U9 Boys6th
Seana WeerakoonBell Top13:371st in 10-11 Girls15th
Elle HuttonGreen Meadow13:521st in U9 Girls18th