No, I didn't run in the race!  Somehow I didn't qualify (wrong sex and also out of shape!)   But I did have a chance to go and see the whole thing for the first time, and it was phenomenal - plus a great "photo op"

The great race took place  at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany,  and it couldn't have been a more beautiful day for the 36th Annual Run for Women 5-K.

According to LetsRun.com, the winner of the race was Lucy Kabuu of Kenya.  She ran it in 15:20. beating Mamitu Daska and Afrera Godfay to take home $10,000.  Your friendly Sean and Richie correspondent (moi) was on the scene to capture these photos.  First, the winner and second place finalist.

photo by Richie Phillips

Now here's a shot of the beginning of the race to give you an idea of the sheer number of runners!

photo by Richie Phillips

 

photo by Richie Phillips

The home stretch--Can you pick yourselves out in this picture?

photo by Richie Phillips

There were two other ladies that I would like to pay tribute to as well.  I like to save the best for last.  The Capital Region should be especially proud of …..

photo by Richie Phillips

My wife Dorrie (left) and good friend Judy Harris)!  Great job!  Congrats to ALL of the runners!