A run and walk for the Hudson Area Library

2018 will be the 18 th consecutive year that runners, walkers and volunteers gather from around the region to support the Hudson Area Library through the Ghostly Gallop. Last year, we set a record with more than 300 runners and walkers enjoying a beautiful fall day. The race is quickly becoming a “must-run” event for serious runners. A 5K course record for women was set by Karen Bertasso at 18 minutes and 21 seconds. On the men’s side, Dan Ronsani of Hudson, won the race for the second straight year. In 2018, the Ghostly Gallop has been selected as the anchor event for the USA Track and Field Adirondack Region’s Grand Prix series.

It is a great family event as well. Every participant in the Kids Fun run received a medal and prizes were award for the best Halloween costumes. This will continue in 2018 plus there will be an added surprise for all participants in the Fun Run thanks to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival and Furniture Plus.

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). I 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.

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