Monday, September 29, 2014

Shelton mayor selected as honorary starter at Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5k

Submitted photo/Valley United Way
Shelton Mayor Mark A. Lauretti has been selected as the Honorary Starter for the 13th annual Commodore Hull Thanksgiving Day 5K Road Race on Nov. 27, the race committee announced in a release.

The recognition is given to an individual for their community work in Derby and Shelton. Serving as Shelton's mayor since 1991, Lauretti has focused on improving the city's infrastructure and building up economic development in the downtown area.

He has held positions as teacher, track and basketball coach at Shelton High School, Syracuse University and Central High School in Bridgeport. Lauretti is the chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization in Bridgeport, secretary/treasurer of the Valley Council of Governments, chairman of the VCOG Regional Roundtable, member of the Coastal Corridor Transportation Investment Area Board, president of the Board of Directors for the State Nutmeg Games, former member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority (CRRA), an executive board member of the Housatonic Council of Boy Scouts of America, past president of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding, member of the Fairfield County Sports Commission and chairman of The Valley Transit District.

Lauretti is one of only 23 people who has run in every race, according to the race committee. The committee said that many runners consider Lauretti as their own benchmark for a successful race as they target him as their person to beat.

The race committee also noted that Lauretti's support has been a critical reason for the race's success. "Without the support of the cities, this race would not be possible. The logistics are very tricky, but Mark has always offered his advice and support as this grew from a simple idea to a Thanksgiving tradition," the committee said in a written release.

For more information about the race, visit the website at

The information above was provided in a press release from Jack Walsh, Valley United Way.

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