Ghostly Gallop Photos and Results!

The 17th Ghostly Gallop 5K is in the record books. Congratulations to over 300 runners and walkers that turned out to support our library! See official USATF results here: www.albanyrunningexchange.org.

Thank you to all the runners, walkers, cheering squads and volunteers for helping make the GG5K such a wonderful community event!

Thank you to Photography by K Keeler for photographing the event! Check out the slideshow below.

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Thank you to all our sponsors!

Our Top Sponsors
Pattison, Koskey, Howe & Bucci
Ronsani Brothers Paving

Our Valued Sponsors
Albany Medical Center, Claverack Cooperative Insurance Co., Columbia Memorial Health, Greenberg & Greenberg, Ginsberg’s, Kristal Heinz, Michael C. Howard, Esq., Hudson Financial, LLC, Matthew Signs, James Kleinbaum, Toni Koweek, Lisa Dolan, Pilates Hudson, Stewart’s Shops, TK Home and Garden, The Spotty Dog, Steiner’s Sports, Sweet Tree Service, Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture, Whitbeck Benedict and Smith

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Join Kim Bach for the Ghostly Gallop 5K

Time for some inspiration! The organizing committee of Hudson Area Library’s Ghostly Gallop 5K will be presenting Verdigris’ Kim Bach with Bib #3 and honor her with the position of “lead walker” at this Sunday’s Ghostly Gallop.

Many of you may recognize Kim’s smile from seeing her at one of her two Verdigris shops in Catskill and Hudson. But, you may not know that she has just returned from a trek halfway across Spain ON FOOT! Continue reading

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Costume Competition at the 2017 Ghostly Gallop

In a bow to the Halloween season and the name of the event, the 2017 Ghostly Gallop will include a costume competition with prizes to be awarded in both children’s and adults categories. All entrants must compete wearing their costumes during the 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kids Fun Run.

One prize will be awarded to the adult wearing the most creative outfit. That prize includes a $100 gift certificate from Pilates Hudson and a $25 gift certificate from American Glory. For children, trophies will be awarded for costumes in several categories: Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Action Hero, Best Ghost/Goblin or Scariest, and Best Character from a Book. Teams are invited to wear outfits during the race, however no team costume prizes will be awarded. Continue reading

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Only one month to register!

Hey you runners and walkers… There is only one month left to register for the 2017 Ghostly Gallop. Support the Hudson Area Library by coming out for the Run/Walk and 1-mile Kid’s Fun Run on October 22.

There will be cash prizes for the top three finishers in both the Men’s and Women’s categories as well as a Costume Competition.

Register now at www.GhostlyGallop.info.

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GG5K Profile: Elaine Koss, walker

Photo credit: Nuria Mendoza.

Meet Elaine, our GG5K Profile of the Day! Elaine Koss, a walker in the Ghostly Gallop 5K since 2015, was the “most senior” female competitor (so far). Each year she tries to match her time from the year before. A part-timer in Stockport, Elaine and her husband, Don, walk daily. Learn more about Elaine 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.

When did you start walking as a sport? I’ve always loved walking. I used to work at the Frick Collection on the East side of Manhattan. I live on the West side and every day I would walk to and from work. When I retired, at 70, I thought the one thing I would miss was my commute. So now, I am more conscious of walking – whether in the City or the country. 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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