A RUN AND WALK FOR THE HUDSON AREA LIBRARY
2019 will be the 19th consecutive year that runners, walkers and volunteers gather from around the region to support the Hudson Area Library through the Ghostly Gallop. Last year, more than 200 runners and walkers enjoying a beautiful fall day. The race is quickly becoming a “must-run” event for serious runners. To see video highlights of the 2018 Ghostly Gallop Run/Walk Click Here.
It’s a great family event as well. Every participant in the Kids Fun Run receives a medal. Prizes are also awarded for the best Halloween costumes. This will continue in 2019 plus there will be an added surprise for all participants in the Fun Run thanks to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival.
The proceeds from the run 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 have their names etched on the William F. Cranna Memorial Cup.