The Brooksie Way foundation made a $2,500 donation to the One Fund Boston relief effort, established to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The contribution was announced by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who is also chairman of The Brooksie Way foundation.
“A tragedy of this magnitude calls for some type of response,” Patterson said. “Runners, whether in Boston for the marathon or at Oakland University for The Brooksie Way, have a common bond and a mutual love and respect for each other.”
Four time Boston Marathon champion Bill Rodgers is a member of the Brooksie Way Board of Directors as is Greg Meyer, last American male to win the Boston Marathon. Meyer and his sons ran this year’s in Boston. They were not injured. Both Rodgers and Meyer have participated in The Brooksie Way.
Brooksie Race Director Deb Kiertzner communicated news of the contribution and expressed support for the Boston running community and victims of the attacks to Boston Marathon Race Director Dave MacGillivray.
“The running community a close-knit community,” Kiertzner said. “When something like this happens to that community, it affects us all.”
The HealthPlus Brooksie Way is one of Oakland County’s premier quality of life events. Named in honor of his late son, Patterson began the race to promote Oakland County and encourage healthy active lifestyles.
The sixth running of the event takes place Sept. 29. Over 6,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in the half marathon, 10K and 5K races.