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The 14th Annual Commodore Hull Road
Race, the largest running race in the Valley with over 700 runners,
is shaping up to be an exciting one. The men's side will feature a
very competitive field, led by Ansonia's Tim Milenkevich who will be
looking for the three-peat. Doing so would bring Milenkevich closer
to John Critelli's impressive 4 win streak from 2005 - 2008.
Milenkevich has had a strong summer of racing, including a 4:16 road
mile and several sub-16 minute 5ks. But his recent 16:25 3rd
place finish in the Northeast Utilities Hartford 5k on October 12th,
over 40 seconds slower than his 15:43 time
from last year at the same race, leaves the door open to
Bobby Giuliani - The
Shelton High School and University of Hartford graduate has been
runner up to Milenkevich for the past two years. Running strong
times of 16:08 (2012)
and 16:11 (2013),
Giuliani finished second by the narrow margins of 11 seconds and 12
seconds. Recently, Giuliani posted a quick time of 15:44 on
September 20th at the Run to Break the Silence 5k in East Hartford -
a time that coincidentally matches the long standing course record
for the Commodore Hull Road Race set back in 2003 by Jeff
Jake Krong - Hailing from
Salt Lake City, Utah, Krong will be taking his first swing at the
race. By far the most accomplished runner in the field, holding
personal bests of a 2:20:41 marathon, 1:05:45 half marathon, and
30:03 10k, Krong recently ran 2:21:12 at the Chicago Marathon with
5k splits of 16:23, 16:13, 16:22, 16:21, 16:11, 16:46, 17:17,
Yes, that's right, he ran those times for eight 5ks in a row! While
Krong looks unbeatable based on his running credentials, he's not.
In 2012 he finished 2nd in the Newtown Turkey Trot in a strong, but
not unbeatable time of 15:50.
Mike Padilla -The Shelton
native and Cornell University graduate, will return to his hometown
again to race. The winner of the first Commodore Hull Road Race in
2002 in a time of 16:08,
Padilla has finished fourth in both 2011 and 2013. Padilla is coming
off a solid summer of racing, including a 16:05 win
at the Great Valley Corporate Center 5k in Pennsylvania on September
Mas - the 16 year old Junior from St. Joseph High School, is having
a strong cross country season, including a 16:57 win
at the tough Wickham Invitational (varsity, unseeded race) and a
swift 16:37 5k
at the Windham Invitational.
The race up
front should be fun to watch as it unfolds across and connects the
two great towns of Shelton and Derby.
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