HealthPlus Brooksie Way Kickoff & Minigrants Awarded

The HealthPlus Brooksie Way kicked off 2014 by unveiling a new logo, showing the newly-modified half marathon course and presenting nearly $9,000 in Brooksie Way Minigrants to various community organizations, on. on May 3 at the OU Recreation Center on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester. 

“Each year The HealthPlus Brooksie Way gets more robust,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Last year we had 6,100 participants. Our race registrations are already ahead of where we were last year at this time.”

The HealthPlus Brooksie Way, now in its seventh year and set for Sept. 28, is named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and the son of the county executive, who died in 2007. It has become one of the most popular regional fall half marathons. The 2013 race attracted 6,100 runners and walkers, including participants from 17 states and five countries. The course begins and ends at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University and includes parts of the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails, Rochester Hills and downtown Rochester.

Runners and walkers who have participated in past HealthPlus Brooksie Way races will note a course modification, which now takes them on Dutton Road. The change was made necessary because Tienken Road is not available because of ongoing construction.

Also during the kickoff, nine community organizations received checks for their projects from The Brooksie Way Minigrant program.

  • Baldwin Center, Inc., Pontiac -The Baldwin Center is presenting a Youth Basketball Clinic and League for about 40 students from their After School Program. The funding will pay for coaches and basketball equipment.
  • Brooklands Elementary PTA, Rochester Hills – The Brooksie Way Minigrant award will fund the 2014 Recess Run Club at Brooklands Elementary.
  • Chaldean American Ladies of Charity, Troy – The Chaldean American Ladies of Charity is holding an adventure camp day at Oakland Yard Athletics Activity Camp for 50 children on July 26. The Brooksie Way Minigrant will cover the day camp program fees.
  • Crossroads for Youth, Oxford – “Making Waves” is a two-part swim program offered to residents of Crossroads for Youth. The program is designed as a safety initiative, to teach youth how to swim in order to avoid unintentional drowning, and also to demonstrate swimming as a part of a healthy lifestyle and lifelong activity.
  • Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan, Royal Oak – The Brooksie Way Mingrant award will cover registration fees for five Oakland County children to attend the iCan Bike program in August at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church.
  • Friends of the Pontiac Parks Association, Pontiac – The Friends of the Pontiac Parks Association is presenting the 2nd annual Hustle in the Park – A Family Fun Fitness Event on August 23 at Beaudette Park. The scheduled activities include youth basketball, games for children, dancing and performances by Dance Force of Pontiac.
  • Leadership Oakland, Troy – The 2014 Leadership Oakland Class Project, Kids Adventure Day at the Parks, will be held on May 31 at Independence Oaks. The Brooksie Way Minigrant award is funding the children’s activities.
  • Oakland University Track & Field, Rochester – The Brooksie Way Minigrant award will fund twelve starting blocks for Oakland University’s new outdoor track and field facility.
  • Waterford Mott Cross Country, Waterford – The Brooksie Way Minigrant award is supporting a Waterford Elementary Running Program launched by the Waterford Mott Cross County coaches. Each elementary school in Waterford will participate, with a culminating race at Hess-Hathaway Park. The project will take place mid-September through the end of October.

The minigrants have returned more than $100,000 to support local health and fitness activities in Oakland County. The grants are awarded three times a year.

Online registration at saves half marathon runners and walkers off the $75 entry fee charged to those who register on the eve of the Sept. 28 race. Entrants for the 10K and 5K races will also realize significant savings by registering early. Participants can also register online for the popular Team Challenge – which sold out last year – and celebrate after the race in the exclusive Team Challenge tent.

New this year the HealthPlus Brooksie Way is partnering with the Great Lakes Bay Regional Marathon in Midland. Entrants can save $10 off the current race registration for both races using a coupon code that will be announced next week. The popular Kid’s Race – sponsored by Fifth Third bank – is set for Sept. 27, the day before the bigger races. Kroger, the official half marathon sponsor, will soon offer race applications in all Michigan stores.