Ghostly Gallop 5k Chosen to Anchor USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Series

Our Ghostly Gallop 5K road race, an annual highlight of the Hudson Valley and Capital Region fall running season, has been added to the USATF Adirondack Grand Prix Series, which challenges runners to compete over various distances and in differing conditions culminating with the Ghostly Gallop.

The 18th annual Ghostly Gallop, as well as a free one-mile run for youth 11 and under, will be held Sunday, October 21, beginning and ending at Hudson High School.

Registration for the race is now open and proceeds benefit the library. For more information and to register, visit the Ghostly Gallop website.

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

Thanks to all the Ghostly Gallopers!

ggkids2016Congratulations 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

Thank you to all Ghostly Gallopers!

Thank you to our many participants, sponsors and volunteers involved in this year’s Ghostly Gallop! We had adults, kids, babies and dogs race all over the city of Hudson on Sunday, October 26. There were 22 participants in the Kids Race and 139 participants in the Adult Race. Here is the list of the overall winners:

Team Race Winner: Smiles For Miles

Women’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Chelsea Benson, 21:30; 2nd place – Shannon LaChance, 22:12; 3rd place – Ariana Nilsson, 22:51

Men’s Overall Winners: 1st place – Kevin Pikul, 19:56; 2nd place – Andrew Ohrin, 20:43; 3rd place – Ken Pierce, 20:57

Kids Race: 1st place – Griffin Howard, 6:30; 2nd place – Neil Howard III, 6:44; 3rd place – Gabe Case, 6:50

For a full list of race winners, click here: Ghostly Gallop race results 2014.

Again, thank you to our many sponsors and donors, without which the Ghostly Gallop would not be possible! Here is the full list of our sponsors and donors:


  • Friends of the Hudson Area Library
  • Toni & Richard Koweek
  • John Connor Esq.
  • Michael C. Howard, Esq. PC
  • Francis J. Roche, Esq.
  • Freeman Howard, PC
  • Rapport Meyers, LLP
  • Gutterman, Shallo & Alford, PLLC
  • Barry Sack
  • The Columbia Insider
  • Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union
  • Morey Hall Music


  • ShopRite
  • Price Chopper
  • Hannaford
  • Stewarts
  • Bagel Tyme
  • Hudson Police Department
  • Hudson Department of Public Works
  • Alan Coon
  • Green Mountain Coffee

Thanks to Mayor Hallenbeck for joining us for this year’s Ghostly Gallop and helping direct traffic at the finish line! And a special thanks to the many volunteers who helped make the day a success!

See you next year on October 25 for the 2015 Ghostly Gallop!


Ghostly Gallop Results Coming Shortly

The 2012 Ghostly Gallop, an annual race in honor of William F. Cranna, went off without a hitch yesterday, Sunday October 28th. Unlike the 2011 race which featured a snowstorm the night before that made for some icy conditions, this year’s race took place under cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 60s. A perfect day for a run or walk through the streets of Hudson.

2012 GhostlyGallop, Hudson Area Library, Hudson NY - start of 5K

Start of 5K

Click here for full results of the 5K Race

2012 GhostlyGallop Hudson Area Library Hudson Ny Kids One Mile start

Kids’ One Mile Start

The Ghostly Gallop a Great (Snowy) Success!

Ghostly Gallop Overall Female and Male Winners, Shannon and Patrick LaChance, and members of the Cranna family

Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Ghostly Gallop 5k Race!  After an unusual October snow storm, the skies cleared, the sun came out, and the race went on as scheduled!

First place in the Ghostly Gallop 5k race went to Patrick LaChance (18:36), followed by Eric Pierson (19:53), and Kenneth Pierce (20:04).

In the Kids Mile Run, Gabriel Case age 7 came in first (9:20), followed by Cameron Starke age 9 (9:32), and Eli Russo age 5 (9:51).

For the complete list with times see Ghostly Gallop Results.


This year’s race was especially meaningful to the library community as the event honored the late William F. Cranna. Bill Cranna, a former Board member and Friend of the Library, was instrumental in founding the Ghostly Gallop as a library FUNdraiser back in 2001. He was an avid runner, he loved to read, and the library was his passion. In honor of Cranna, the library has begun a new tradition – The William F. Cranna Memorial Cup, which will, from this day forward, be engraved with the names of the Ghostly Gallop winners each year and kept on display at the library.


The Ghostly Gallop Committee thanks the many people who worked to make this event a special day for the William F. Cranna Family. The Hudson Area Library greatly appreciates the response to this years race.

Special thank you to our volunteers and sponsors without whom this event would not be possible.

The 2011 Ghostly Gallop was sponsored by:

The Friends of the Hudson Area Library; Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union; Michael C. Howard, Esq., PC; Koweek, Cranna & McEvoy, PC; Allyson Sorge and Ed Pollack; Rapport Meyers, LLP; Juliette M. Crill; Freeman+Howard, PC; Bernhardt Karp, Esq.; Guterman Shallo & Alford, PLLC; Douglas E. Coleman Esq.; James A. Carlucci, Esq..

Thank you also to the following:

Strongtree, Price Chopper, LoveApple Farms, Walgreens, Burger King, Spotty Dog, McDonald’s, Columbia Tent Rental, and Yankee Dollar.

Hudson Police Dept., DPW, Hudson Fire Dept., Register Star

Steiners, All-U, Maxwell Medals

Special thank you to Mayor Scalera for starting our race

Ghostly Gallop 5K Race – Sunday October 30, 2011

Ghostly Gallop – an annual race in memory of William F. Cranna

The Ghostly Gallop is fast approaching. Keep an eye on the website for more information as we get closer to this fun event. Support the library and get some fresh air.

We Need Runners, Walkers, Volunteers & Donors

  • 5K Road Race – 9:00am ($20)

    Start of Kid's 1 Mile Race - 2010

    Start of Kid's 1 Mile Race - 2010

  • 5K Community Walk – 9:00am ($20)
  • 1 mile Kids Race – 9:45am (12 and under are free)
A long sleeve T-shirt for all 5K participants
Halloween costumes welcome
All children in costume will receive a special prize
All proceeds benefit the Hudson Area Library

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