Commodore Hull Road Race will return to Shelton/Derby this fall

Members of the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Committee traveled to the deck of the U.S.S. Constitution in Boston recently to officially announce that the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race will be held for the 12th straight year on Thanksgiving morning in Shelton and Derby.

Committee members thought it would be appropriate to visit "Old Ironsides" for the announcement because Commodore Isaac Hull, for whom the race is named, was the captain of the Constitution during the War of 1812.

Hull helped win one of the most famous battles in U.S. history over the British frigate Guerriere, catapulting the U.S. Navy into the ranks of a world naval power.

Main sponsor will be back

In making the announcement that the race will once again be run through the downtown streets of Shelton and Derby, committee members said that Greco & Haines will be back as the main sponsor, as the company has been every year since the race started in 2002.

Glenn Gaetano, speaking on behalf of the committee, said, "We are absolutely thrilled that Greco & Haines is once again supporting our efforts for the great community event at the same time that they are celebrating their 50th year in business.

“The commitment as the very first race sponsor back in 2002 made the race possible,” Gaetano continued, “and their continuing support has allowed us to grow this into a community institution that has raised over $100,000 to support the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley."

‘Children are our future’

Jeanne Connors, president of Greco and Haines, said the well-water services company is proud to be involved in an event that raises money for the local Boys & Girls Club.

"Helping children is the primary reason for our participation,” Connors said. “Children are our future and they must receive all the support we can give them to achieve their goals in life. The Boys & Girls Club is a stellar example of an organization committed to providing that support."

An expanded field this year

The field for this year's race is being expanded to 750 participants. Committee members back in the inaugural year of 2002, they were hoping for 200 runners but had more than 300.

Ever since then, the number  of runners allowed had been increased slowly to make sure the quality of the race is not diminished, according commitee members.

Two things that have made the expansion possible are the building of the Riverwalk pavilion by the city of Shelton and Derby-Shelton Rotary Club, which accommodates more runners than tents did, and the use of FastTrack Timing to handle the timing.

Registration for the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race will begin in September. For race information, go to