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Anniversary Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Road Race
November 27, 2014
Race Starts at 8:00 AM sharp!
As of 8:30 PM our
course is wet, but we have no snow! We hope that the temperature
holds steady over night, and we look forward to seeing everyone!
Runners Bib & Bag Pickup
Update - Bag
pickup at 7:am on race day
Live video of
As usual we
will be doing our live "stream" of the race. Because of the
alternate course, we will be streaming just the start of the race,
the end and the full finish line. You can watch it
We will be posting full results, lots of pictures and other video on
Thanksgiving Day and on Friday.
Click here to see an alphabetical
listing of all those who have registered to run in 2014
and make sure that your registration is accurate.
Alternate Course to be used on Race Day
For the safety of our runners and state road permits, we
will be using our alternate course, and will not be on Howe Avenue in
Shelton or Main or Elizabeth Streets in Derby.
Greco & Haines Heads 2014 Sponsor
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
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.
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
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.
Lauretti Named "Honorary Starter"
to learn more
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.
23 have run every year!
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links to all of the pictures, stories and videos from all previous races.
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