Greco & Haines Sponsors the 2017 Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race on November 24, 2017.

11.24.2017 – The Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race Committee has announced that Greco & Haines, Inc. will once again be back as the main sponsor of the race, for the 15th straight year. The original key that unlocked the success of the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving 5K Road Race came months before the very first race in 2002 when Greco & Haines stepped forward to be the first and main sponsor of the proposed race – and they have been the main sponsor of every race since.

Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Glenn Gaetano said, “We are absolutely thrilled that Greco & Haines is once again supporting our efforts for the great community event. The commitment as the very first race sponsor back in 2002 made the race possible, 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.”

Gaetano said that this year marks a very special anniversary for Greco & Haines as they are celebrating their 53rd anniversary in business this year. “Much like ‘Old Ironsides’ they have stood the test of time because of their attention to detail and the importance of their work”. The company’s motto is “Water is our only business”, and they have stayed true to that for half a century.

About the Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day Race

Isaac Hull was born in Derby in 1773. When the new United States Navy was created in 1798, Isaac Hull was appointed a lieutenant on one of the four ships built for the new navy. He distinguished himself in the “quasi-war” with France and the war with the Barbary pirates.

When Hull attained the rank of captain in the American Navy, he was put in command of the U.S.S. Constitution. On Aug. 19, 1812 the Constitution became engaged in a battle with the Guerriere, an English Navy vessel. Within one half hour, the Constitution had won the battle, making it the first naval win for the U.S. during the War of 1812. Hull had used his heavier broadsides and his ship’s superior sailing ability, while the British, to their astonishment, saw that their shot seemed to rebound harmlessly off Constitution’s hull — giving her the nickname ‘Old Ironsides’. This battle marked the first time in history that an English frigate had struck its flag to an American ship of war. Hull was promoted to commodore in 1823.

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