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Changing of the Guard for 2017

Did you ever wonder who puts on the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race? Obviously on race day there are dozens upon dozens of dedicated volunteers who give up their holiday; but during the rest of the year, it's a very small group. Fifteen years ago they set out to create a special event to celebrate Commodore Isaac Hull and to spotlight the changes going on in the downtown areas of Derby & Shelton. From all accounts, they have succeeded!

Since the race began in 2002 we've seen rain, snow, fog, and even pre-race lightning one year. The event grew quickly from about 300 in 2002 to the current 750 and has sold out early for many years. When the final tally from the 2016 race is tabulated, the race will have raised approximately $175,000 for the benefit of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley - not bad for a group that made the enjoyment and safety of the runners the priority over fund raising.

That will change in 2017 as the "Crew" is retiring and passing the work over to the Boys & Girls Club. Don't worry, the Club shadowed the Crew this year, and they are more than willing and able to take over.

Now it's time to thank the members of the Crew pictured above - Tom Wilson, Glenn and Vera Gaetano, Pam Petro, Diane and Nick Serdenitsky and Markanthony Izzo. Missing from the picture are Crew members Jack Walsh, John Saccu and Carl Sylvester. They are all natives of Derby and Shelton whose community spirit has carried over to the race. Thanks for the memories!

Click here to visit the website that will be maintained by the Club for all future race information.

Milenkevich Takes Back Title

Anna Pluta Wins Women's Division

Ansonia resident Tim Milenkevich regained his Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Race5K Title by blitzing the field on a perfect Thanksgiving morning. He jumped to a very short lead over Mike Padilla who won the very first race back in 2002. They matched each other virtually stride for stride through downtown Shelton and across the Derby/Shelton Bridge into Derby. As they turned onto Elizabeth from Main Street and headed up the incline to the Derby Green, Tim started to open space between the two that would increase as the race went on. At the finish line, Tim's lead was thirteen seconds with a winning time of 16:24 (5:17 per mile pace). In his two previous championships (2012 & 2013) he ran times of 15:56 and 16:00 respectively. Mike, now a resident of Phoenixville, PA, ran a time of 16:08 back in 2002 on a course that was different than the one currently used. James Mas of Shelton finished third with a time of 16:48. The trio were the only runners to finish under 18 minutes.

Anna Pluta of Weston took the Women's title with a time of 19:53 (6:24 pace). 2013 winner Emily McNeil was second with a time of  20:13 while two time defending champion Lauren Flament finished third at 20:22.

There were no new course records set this year. Richard Stoliker established the men's record in 2015 at 15:39 while the women's record of 18:50 was set by Kristin Wenstrom way back in 2003.

Official Results Here

Photo & Video Collection

Thanks to our intrepid media production crew, we captured an extensive collection of pictures and video to share with everyone. Thanks go to crew members Ross Allen, Glenn Gaetano, Art Gerckens, Mark Anthony Izzo, John Pawlowski, Randy Ritter, JohnSaccu, Lisa Svoid and Laurel Vicidomono for their great work.

We also want to thank our live stream video crew of color commentator Charlie Wilson, cameramen Sean and Jeff Wilson and driver Mike Healey.

First picture album - Follow the Leader
Second picture album - Faces in the Crowd
Third picture album - At the Midway Point
Fourth picture album - Along Seymour Avenue
Fifth picture album - Main & Elizabeth Street
Sixth photo album - On the Bridge
Seventh photo album - Along the Shelton Riverwalk
Eighth photo Album - On Canal & Cornell Street
Final photo album - Awards ceremony


The live stream of the race is still available here.

Click here for a video of runners on the Shelton Riverwalk.
Click here for video from Howe Avenue
Click here for video from Main & Bridge Street in Derby
Click here for video from the turn around at the Derby Public Library
Click here for Finish Line video

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15th Anniversary Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Road Race

November 24, 2016
Race starts promptly at 8:00 AM

The Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race is Sold Out!

Click here for complete list - Please check your listing for accuracy.

2016 Volunteers of the Year

Click on the picture above to see who they are!

Thank You 2016 Sponsors

We love our sponsors for making the race possible and you can click here to see the complete 2016 list. Did you know that many of them also run in the race? Check out the list here. Click here to see our sponsor photo album

2016 T-shirt unveiled

Raffle Growing

The Commodore Hull race is famous for the quantity, quality and speed of our runners raffle, and 2016 will be no different. Click here to see what is already on the list.


Sylvester Named 2016 Honorary Starter

Click here to learn more about our 2016 Honorary Starter

2015 Race Raised Record Amount

Click here to see how big the check was!

Check out the 2015 race story here and in these videos:

Follow the leaders:

The view from Main Street:

Finish Line video:

Google Maps & Directions:
Directions to Canal Street
Shelton, CT

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