Almost 700 runners join Hull Road Race on Thanksgiving morning

Runners at the starting line get ready for the race to begin.

Runners at the starting line get ready for the race to begin.

Bright skies and crisp fall weather attracted almost 700 runners to the 12th annual Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Road Race on Thursday. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

The five-kilometer run meandered through downtown Shelton and Derby, beginning and ending at the Riverwalk in Shelton.

Jillian McNeil, 11, and her mom Deb McNeil of Shelton warm up for the race in front of the Farmers Market Building.

Jillian McNeil, 11, and her mom Deb McNeil of Shelton warm up for the race in front of the Farmers Market Building.

The course took runners over the Derby/Shelton Bridge twice, where they ran under a large American flag hanging from a fire truck ladder.

“I’d like to thank you for coming out today,” outgoing Derby Mayor Tony Staffieri told runners at the start of the race. “You guys are crazy!”

The winner was Tim Milenkevich, 31, of Ansonia. Milenkevich also came in first place in 2012.

Helping to motivate runners was music on loudspeakers at the Shelton Farmers Market Building, including the theme from “Rocky” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”

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The race began at 8 a.m. with a moment of silence to remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012.

This year’s honorary starter was Jamie Cohen, an attorney and community leader long active in the city of Derby. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti was among those running in the race.

Race winner Tim Milenkevich of Ansonia gets some rest after the race.

Race winner Tim Milenkevich of Ansonia gets some rest after the race.

The race raises money for the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club, having generated more than $110,000 in its history.

Shaye Roscoe, local Boys & Girls Club executive director, said the race has helped thousands of local children participate in club activities.

The event’s main sponsor is Greco & Haines.

Look for more race photos in the coming days on this website.

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Ted Kotsaftis and his wife Emily hold up their numbers while registering for the race. They live in Queens, N.Y., but Ted grew up in Connecticut and a relative once owned Shelton Pizza.

Ted Kotsaftis and his wife Emily hold up their numbers while registering for the race. They live in Queens, N.Y., but Ted grew up in Connecticut and a relative once owned Shelton Pizza.

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