Perhaps the biggest race in the Library's history was won in 2016 when it sprinted three blocks up State Street to its new location. The GHOSTLY GALLOP helped make that happen.

2017 will be the 17th consecutive year volunteers from throughout Columbia County have come together to support the Hudson Area Library with the GHOSTLY GALLOP.  Now for the third year the event is held on a USATF Certified and Sanctioned course, that not only allows accurate timing, but avoids busy city streets. Safer and faster is the goal.

Runners and walkers alike love it. Records were set on the new course and in the past two years we registered over 600 participants. Most importantly, we set new records for funds raised for the library.

Records made each year are the result of hard work and continuing dedication – not only on the part of runners, but by volunteers and sponsors.  Since its inaugural year in 2001, volunteers have continuously been the mainstay of each year’s event. Sponsorships for things as diverse as Food and Drink Stations, Mile Markers and Banners give companies additional visibility and identify them as supporters of a good cause.  

Started by then Library Director Frank Rees, current County Court Judge Richard Koweek and the Honorable William F. Cranna, (both Library Board members), the race was initially called a FUNdraiser – with less emphasis on peak performance and more on enjoyment.  With Cranna’s passing in 2011, the annual race was dedicated to his memory and a new tradition was added to the festivities, The William F. Cranna Memorial Cup.  Known for his great wit and love of reading, Cranna was dedicated to making the Library a better place.   

“We couldn’t have a better co-founder,” says Past President Mark Orton.  “Judge Cranna said he believed that a community can only be as successful as its Library.  This race’s expansion to include many more in our community, not only provides more financial support, it mirrors the growth of the new Hudson Area Library.  And that should do a lot towards realizing his dream."


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