One of the major keys to running a successful road race is to have caring, supportive sponsors, and though only in its first year, the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race has been fortunate in rounding up just such a group. To start with, the race has the support of both Shelton and Derby and their respective mayors and recreation departments. In addition, the major sponsor for this year's inaugural race is our t-shirt sponsor Greco & Haines, Inc.
Greco & Haines has made possible the heavyweight cotton long sleeve t-shirt pictured above that will be given to all runners. They will also be providing water bottles, coffee mugs and key chains that will be part of the runners package which will be distributed to the first 300 registered runners. Shelton is also the home of the Wiffle Ball, and the runner's packet will include one for each participant. Nail clippers from Shelton's W. E. Bassett Trim will also be part of the runner's gift packet. And if all that is not enough, Bruegger's Bagels will be providing coupons for free bagels as part of every runner's pack. The t-shirts were designed by Allan and Mike Esposito of SUNBACKLIT in Derby and feature the Commodore jogging along with his admiralty uniform and a spiffy pair of running shoes.
Prizes are a major part of any race, and Mony Kohn of Hubbell Brothers Shoe Store in Derby stepped forward to provide running shoes to the male and female winners. Hubbell Bothers is the oldest shoe store in Connecticut and fits in nicely with the historic theme of the race. Runners will pass right by the store when they first enter downtown Derby.
Bruegger's Bagels is the official bagel sponsor for this year's race, and runners will enjoy a steady supply as part of the pre and post race refreshments. Poland Springs water is being provided by United Cigar. Radio Station WICC 600 in Bridgeport is the official radio sponsor of the race and will be providing information about the race. Among the many raffle prizes for runners will be running calendars, diaries, bags, hats and sunglasses from Runner's World Magazine.
Other sponsors of the race include:
You can contact Race Director Glenn Gaetano for information by e-mail or phone (203 944-0445).