The Brooksie Way Half Marathon and its scenic course is getting national
exposure as one of the most desirable half marathons to enter this
Active.com, the world’s largest directory of sports and recreational
activities, selected the Brooksie Way along with 10 other half marathons
in such international destinations as Vail, Colo.; Myrtle Beach, N.C.
and Napa Valley, Calif., as a must to run.
“Looking for a beautiful setting for your next 13.1?” Active.com
wrote. “From Kingston Beach to California wine country, here are 11
picture perfect courses you should run.”
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was gratified to
know the race, which is named in memory of his son, Brooks Stuart
Patterson, had received national attention in only its fourth year. More
than 6.5 million people receive weekly and monthly newsletters from
Active.com. The special feature on the top 11 races is currently
featured on the Active.com homepage.
“Incredible,” Patterson said Wednesday. “We’re in some tall
cotton when our race is being compared with races in Vail, the
California wine country or the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If you
want to run on one of the most scenic race courses in the country, you
don’t have to leave Oakland County. It’s right here in your own
The fourth Brooksie Way Half Marathon is set for Oct. 2 in
Rochester Hills. The race begins on the campus of Oakland University and
winds through the streets of Rochester and Rochester Hills and parts of
the Clinton River Trail and Paint Creek Trail before returning to the
OU campus. This year, the course will start and finish for the first
time on the Meadow Brook Music Festival grounds.
New this year is an expanded post-race party. All half marathon entrants
receive an apple red long-sleeve Brooks technical shirt and finishers
receive a medal designed especially for the 2011 race. A complete list
of registration prices and deadlines can be found at www.thebrooksieway.com.
the half marathon, there is a 5k race and a One Mile Fun Run on the
grounds of Oakland University. You may walk or run any of the events. A
half marathon competitive walk is among the races.
Greg Meyer and Lisa Rainsberger, the last American male and female
winners of the Boston Marathon, are schedule to run the half marathon.
Other activities include:
* A Corporate Team Challenge featuring chief executive officers who have
pledged $1,000 to run in either the half marathon or the 5k. There is
also a team challenge for five-person teams who compete against other
teams for special awards.
* A Middle-School Challenge, sponsored by AT&T, to encourage the participation of middle-school aged runners.
* A One-Mile Family Fun Run. The race is not timed but participants will receive a T-shirt.
* A post-race celebration that features a rock climbing wall and
inflatable bounce houses. Food will also be available for purchase.
The Brooksie Way is presented by Oakland County and the Crim Fitness
Foundation and is sponsored by HealthPlus. Proceeds from the race
support programs that promote healthy active lifestyles through the
Brooksie Way Minigrant program. The minigrant program has distributed
more than $50,000 to various Oakland County charities.