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13th Anniversary Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Road Race

November 27, 2014

Giuliani, Flament Topped Hull Field

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Bobby Giuliani of West Hartford and Lauren Flament of Shelton were the winners of the 2014 Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race. Bobby edged out two time champion Tim Milenkevich in a two man duel to the finish as they ran neck and neck ahead of the field for the entire race. The win was especially sweet for Giuliani as he had been runner-up to Milenkevich in each of the last two races. Five seconds separated them at the finish this year.

Flament had finished third a year ago, but this year she gave herself a comfortable 22 second margin of victory over runner-up Sarah Zuba.

Race organizers had to use an alternate course for this year's race because the permit for use of state roads would not allow for use of the roads because of the storms that had been forecast to have a much greater impact along the course. It should be noted that Giuliani's time would be the fastest ever run in the race. 

Click here for the full results. Click here for the Division winners. We have almost 2,000 pictures in the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Facebook Group. Take a look here. There are some videos posted below, and we'll have more Friday.

Check out over 2,000 race pictures:

Along the Way (1,094)

Along the Derby/Shelton Bridge (110)

On top of the Derby Greenway (359)

O'Sullivan's Island (258)

From the Sky (Drone) 21

Awards Ceremony (23)

Faces in the Crowd (156)


Also look at some of our videos:

Interview with the winners:

This was the live stream:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The video is unedited and includes everything from start to finish.

Click on these links for other race videos:

Start & Finish Line
Along the Derby/Shelton Bridge

Watch the awards ceremony

Alternate Course was used on Race Day

For the safety of our runners and state road permits, we used our alternate course for race day 2014.

Greco & Haines Heads 2014 Sponsor

Click here for a photo album of all our sponsors

The Commodore Hull Race Committee is pleased to announce that the event's very first and largest sponsor, Greco & Haines is returning for the 13th straight year. And now we have all of our 2014 sponsors on-board. Click here to see who they are.

Raffle Prizes & Sponsors

We are also very fortunate to have a great raffle for our runners made possible by some additional sponsors. What can you win this year? Click here to find out.

21 have run every year! We lost 2 this year!

Men's Division Preview?

We recently received this following race preview from Jim Sweeney. He's got a handle on some of the favorites for this year's run. Do you agree? Let us know on Facebook.

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 challengers, including: 

  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 Roginielewicz.

  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 16:2316:1316:2216:2116:1116:4617:17, and 17:34. 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 16.

  James 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.

Mayor Lauretti Named "Honorary Starter"

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Voluntarism Runs Deep in This Race Family

Our volunteers are celebrities on more days than just Thanksgiving, and a mother/son combination were both recognized during the past week for their service to the community beyond the race. Pam Petro, a committee member since the very inception of the race is being honored as one of the "Women Making a Difference in the Valley" by the Valley Women's Health Initiative. She'll be honored at a luncheon on October 2. Click here to learn more.

Not to outdone, son Chris was selected as the Shelton Youth Service Bureau's "Spotlight on Youth" honoree for the month of September. Chris is now at the University of Connecticut, but he'll be back to help again this year as he has been for more than a decade now.

And though we couldn't find a picture of husband John and daughter Lauren with Pam and Chris in our archives, we can't forget to mention that they are also race volunteers. It's not surprising that we don't have that family picture of all of them together on race day - they're always too busy volunteering somewhere along the course. We'll have to correct that omission this year!

Wrapping up last year's race and getting ready for the 2014 race with Jeanne Connors of sponsor Greco & Haines making a presentation of a $15,000 check to Shaye Roscoe of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club as race committee members Glenn Gaetano and Tom Wilson look on. The $15,000 represents the proceeds from last year's event. Greco & Haines, the very first sponsor of the race will be back as the main sponsor again this year.


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