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!
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 →
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!
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 →
The 17th annual Ghostly Gallop 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run to benefit our library will be held at Hudson High School on Sunday, Oct. 22.
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. Other improvements include a runners’ costume competition and cash prizes for top adult runners, the fastest team, best costume and largest family entering in the combined events.
We want to make it fun for children, families and teams. It’s a great community event for Hudson and an important fundraiser for our Library. Visit the Ghostly Gallop website for more information and to register and check our GG5K Facebook page daily for tips on training, health and “all things race!”
Congratulations to all the runners, walkers, and cyclists who participated in the annual Ghostly Gallop! More than 200 people participated with bikers beginning their day on Saturday in cold temperatures, but our beautiful Hudson Valley, at peak color, took their minds off cold fingertips. By the time the riders arrived at the half-way point, Riverview Café in Stuyvesant, the sun had warmed things up considerably.
Sunday’s later start date for the Kid’s 1-Mile Fun Run and 5K Walk/Run brought the mercury up to a perfect temperature for participants and viewers. The winners, Arianna Nilsson (22:25) and Daniel Ronsani (18:08) duplicated their finishing positions of 2015. They are now local legends, and the ones to beat next year.
We thank all who came out to support the Library! For a complete rundown of finishing times, go to www.facebook.com/GG5K2016.
This year, our 16th annual Ghostly Gallop is expanding. Three cycling courses covering 10 miles, 25 miles and 50 miles have been added – along with an extra day. Cyclists can take their pick on Saturday, October 15 with routes selected to cover our beautiful surroundings. Perfect for Fall! The traditional Run, Walk and Kids 1-mile Fun Run are slated for Sunday, October 16. For details, to register or volunteer, go to www.ghostlygallop.info.
Thanks to the more than 300 people who made Sunday’s Ghostly Gallop a huge success! The weather was perfect for running, the crowds cheered every participant, almost 80 children finished and even a couple dogs and a few “stroller babies” were seen on the course. Several competitors mentioned the new course and the addition of chip timing – giving them a “personal best” to try to beat during the coming year.
More than 15 sponsors helped – either through donations or in-kind gifts of goods or services. Those generous donations covered the costs of the event. Other anonymous sponsors helped underwrite the participation of the kids – offsetting a portion of their registration fees.
Volunteer Mark French (founder of Sean’s Run) acted as announcer, naming every participant as he or she crossed the finish line – adding a personal touch. And all runners and walkers in the 1-mile fun run got medals for their efforts.
The Dept. of Public Works and Emergency Services teams lent their expertise. And our special thanks to the firefighters and Hudson Police for keeping the course safe.
Did we mention the VOLUNTEERS? We couldn’t have done this without you!