2020 is  the 20th consecutive year that runners, walkers and volunteers gather from around the region to support the Hudson Area Library through the Ghostly Gallop. But 2020 is by no means a routine year. For the first time, the race will be a virtual competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Runners and walkers can register for the race and then run a 5K on a course of their choice and submit their time on www.ghostlygallop.info. Kids age 12 and under can participate as well. Parents and friends, take a photo of your children running and email them to Ghostlygallopkids2020@gmail.com. We will post them all in a gallery on the Ghostly Gallop website.  For every photo submitted, $1 will be donated to the Hudson Area Library.

Over the years, the Ghostly Gallop has become a fun community event. Many children run in Halloween costumes and every participant in the Fun Run receives a medal. Prizes are also awarded for the best Halloween costumes. In the last two years, every Fun Run participant also received a free book thanks to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. Hopefully, we can resume these activities in 2021!

Proceeds from the 5K race support programming at the library for children, teens and adults. Since moving into its new home in the former Hudson armory in 2016, the library has quickly become a community gathering spot. Visits and program attendance are up dramatically.

The race was started in 2001 by then Library Director Frank Rees, current Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek, and the Honorable William F. Cranna (both library directors at the time). It was initially called a FUNdraiser with emphasis on fun and enjoyment. With Cranna’s passing in 2011, the race was dedicated to his memory and a new tradition was added. The women’s and men’s winners receive pewter “Cranna Cups.”

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