A Ghostly Gallop 5K Team Challenge

When the first leaves drop from the trees, it’s time to begin training for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, our annual fall fundraiser. This will mark the 17th year of running (and walking) in this community-wide event.

Kylah Campeta, owner of LYF Fitness at 209 Warren Street, is assembling Team Lyf, a team of co-workers, friends and clients, to compete in this year’s Ghostly Gallop. And that’s not all. She’s also issuing a challenge. “I want to reach out to other businesses to create teams, too,” she says. “Maybe they can recruit staff members or relatives to represent their organizations,” she explains. “It’s not just about the race – even though that part is great, it’s also getting a group together to support the Library. The bigger the group, the more fun and the more our Library benefits.” The LYF Team will include about 15 members.

To register a team for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk, or the GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info.   Continue reading

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Ghostly Gallop 5K: Early-bird pricing ends Friday!

Beginning Friday, the price to register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K Run/Walk increases from $20 to $25. The GG5K is a FUNdraiser for the Hudson Area Library and a great community event.

The 17th annual Ghostly Gallop will be held at Hudson High School on Sunday, October 22. The Kids 1-Mile Fun Run sets off at 11am sharp followed by the 5K Run/Walk at 11:30am. The 5K course has been certified by the USA Track & Field and its entire length will be closed to traffic for the duration of the race. This year we have added a runner’s costume competition and cash prizes for top adult runners, the fastest team (up to 5 members), best costume and largest family entering in the combined events.

Go to www.GhostlyGallop.info to register now and save $5!

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GG5K Profile: Jack Connor – runner

Meet Jack, our GG5K Profile of the Day! A Hudson native, John (Jack) Connor is a judge in the Hudson City Court system. A runner since High School, he was the overall winner of Ghostly Gallop in 2009. Learn more about Jack below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk or GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for the run, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running?  When I was 13, I ran track in High School. I wasn’t very good. In fact, I came in last in every race except two my first year. I got progressively better in subsequent years.  It’s all about practice. Continue reading

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GG5K Profile: Samantha Riegel – runner

Meet Samantha, our GG5K Profile of the Day! Last year, Claverack resident Samantha Riegel finished the New York City Marathon in just under 5 hours. She is now training for the Hudson Area Library’s GG5K – 2017. Although Riegel didn’t take up running until her late twenties, she is now an avid enthusiast. With both half-marathons and full marathons under her belt, she now has her sights set on a triathlon. Learn more about Samantha below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk or GG Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run, go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for the run, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running? – I wanted to lose weight after having children (2 boys, 7 and 2 years of age). With a full time job and child rearing duties, I quickly came to love the solitude – just me alone with music and nature. Continue reading

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GG5K Profile – Brady Eschberger – 7-year-old runner

Meet Brady, our GG5K Profile of the Day! Although Brady has only been running since he was 5, he has amassed “lots” of medals – including two from earlier Ghostly Gallops. Samantha Riegel, his marathon running Mom, better improve her times. This kid is Olympic material! Learn more about Brady below!

To register for the Ghostly Gallop 5K, the GG Walk, or GG Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday, October 22,  go to www.GhostlyGallop.info. For daily tips to prepare for running or walking, go to www.Facebook.com/GG5K2017.

What made you start running? My Mom asked me if I wanted to run my first race.  It was the Ghostly Gallop – two years ago.  I never ran in a race before and I wanted to see what it was like. For me, the best part was that I tried my best. Continue reading

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Hannaford Helps Bags in Support of the Friends of the Hudson Area Library


The Friends of the Hudson Area Library has been chosen by the Hannaford store on Route 82 in Livingston as the latest beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag program! This means every time you purchase a blue reusable bag with the good karma message at the Livingston Hannaford store during the month of September, the Friends will receive $1 to help fulfill their mission.

The bags can be found at the reusable bag rack and various registers (make sure to get the blue bags with the good karma message). By purchasing these reusable bags, you’ll not only be supporting the Friends, but also helping to eliminate waste by skipping the paper/plastic bag options at checkout.

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Register to Vote at Your Library!

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. If you turned 18 recently, changed your name, moved, or haven’t voted in recent elections, then you need to update your voter registration.

We’re excited to be part of a national effort to strengthen our community by registering voters. On Tuesday, September 26, also known as National Voter Registration Day, stop by the library during open hours (9am-8pm) to register! We’ll have paper registration forms on-hand and instructions and applications for absentee ballots. Not sure if your registration is up-to-date? We can help with that as well!

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