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Gearing up for the 10th anniversary of The Brooksie Way






The Brooksie Way Expo




On September 24, 2017, The Brooksie Way will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The Brooksie Way races have become Oakland County's premiere quality of life programming series and community building effort, including the popular flagship "Brooksie" race held every September, the "Chill at the Mills" 5K held in conjunction with the annual Fire and Ice Festival each winter, and the Brooksie Way minigrant program, which gives minigrants of up to $2,000 to Oakland County-based nonprofits, agencies and grassroots organizations offering health- and fitness-related programs.
 
For its 10th anniversary this year, The Brooksie Way has gained a new title sponsor and will be known as the McLaren Brooksie Way. Also new for this year, the Road Runners Club of America has named the Brooksie Michigan's official Half Marathon Championship Race, meaning that anyone in the state who wants competitive recognition for a half marathon will run in the Brooksie.
 
Race director Deb Flynn promises that there is much more in store in celebration of the Brooksie's 10th anniversary. She says that they are also bringing back the "Middle School Challenge," a program that ran for the first two years of the race that is open to all of the more than 25,000 middle school children in Oakland County. This program allows middle schoolers to sign up for the Brooksie Way 5K for only $5, instead of the regular price of $35.
 
"We're trying to get as many middle schoolers off the couch and as active as possible," she says.
 
Flynn also notes that there are 79 men and women who have participated in every Brooksie Way race since its inception, and as part of the 10th anniversary they will be honoring this group as loyal participants with their own unique 10-year-racer T-shirts and a special reception for them with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.  
 
Additionally, the Brooksie Way minigrant program will have funded nearly $200,000 in minigrants supporting health and fitness programs throughout the County after this year. The Fitness Expo at the Oakland University Recreation Center will also be "bigger and better" than ever before.
 
There is much to look forward to and "a lot of excitement planned" for this year's Brooksie Way race weekend in September, so be sure to sign up here and start your training program now
 
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