The Ghostly Gallop is a signature fall event in Hudson because of its beautiful and certified course through the city and lots of family fun at the start/finish line. This year’s Gallop will be the 22nd year that runners, walkers, and volunteers gather to support the Hudson Area Library through the 5K road race and Kids One-Mile Fun Run.

It’s all for a great cause. The Ghostly Gallop is an important fundraiser for the library, which needs your help every year to keep our programs for adults and children going strong.

It’s also a great opportunity to introduce children to the joys of running. There is a spirited welcome at the finish line for every Fun Run finisher. Each participant gets a medal and a free book donated by the Hudson Children’s Book Festival. There is no entry fee for the Fun Run for children under age 12. Also, the friendly Ghostly Galloper runs with the children and challenges them to beat him to the finish line.

For adults and children, there’s also the costume contest with prizes in several categories. Also, running the 5K in your costume makes for great fun and memorable photos.

The 5K has become very competitive, and the fastest men’s and women’s finishers each receive a Cranna Cup, the traditional trophy for the Ghostly Gallop’s top runners. The cup is named after William Cranna, a former library trustee and local judge who helped start the race 22 years ago.



2022 Ghostly Gallop Race Route