The Ghostly Gallop Returns With New Course, New Start Time

Photo credit: Karen Davis

The 18th annual Ghostly Gallop will again start and end at Hudson Junior/Senior High School, but participants in the 5k run/walk will navigate a new, officially sanctioned course for the first time. The 5k run/walk will start at 10:30am Sunday, October 21. A Kids One Mile Fun Run for children 11 and under will start at 10am.

The new road course takes participants past the library, the beneficiary of proceeds from the day’s events, and reduces traffic disruptions. The course was measured and certified by USA Track & Field. The 5k run, for the first time this year, is part of the USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Series, a series of events that test runners over various distances and in differing conditions.

Participants and spectators for the 5k run/walk and Kids One Mile Fun Run will find ample free parking at Hudson Junior/Senior High School, near the start/finish line.

“We’re looking forward to a great event with participants of all ages with different race goals — some to set a personal record time and some just to have fun,” Mr. Sheffer said. “Our goal with the Ghostly Gallop is to provide both a challenging course for elite runners and a course that lets all runners experience and enjoy the sense of community in Hudson. We continue to welcome registrations and sponsors, and we’re very pleased by how the day’s events are coming together.”

Daniel Ronsani of Hudson has won the men’s Ghostly Gallop 5k the past two years. Karen Bertasso of Albany, who successfully defended her title in the 2018 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge in Albany on May 17, set a women’s course record in last year’s Ghostly Gallop.

About the Ghostly Gallop 5k: The Ghostly Gallop 5k, started in 2001, is a fund-raiser to benefit the Hudson Area Library. Runners compete for the William F. Cranna Memorial Cup, named for the late former Library Board member who co-founded the race along with then-Library Director Frank Rees and fellow board member the Hon. Richard Koweek, a Columbia County Court judge.

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