Hit the Oakland County pavement with the 12th annual McLaren Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K and 5K races on Sunday, September 22nd at Oakland University.
The Brooksie Way will allow runners and walkers to have fun and support programs that encourage a healthy, fit, and active lifestyle and are distributed through Brooksie Way Minigrants.
The 2019 Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k are set to begin at 8:00 a.m. Runners and walkers can pick up their race packets at the Fitness Expo September 21st through Saturday, September 22nd. At the Expo, participants will find fitness information, products from sports and nutrition retailers, and more!
Sign up for The Brooksie Way
Those who register for the half-marathon by September 20th will save $7 on the Half Marathon and $10 on the 10K and 5K. Registration can be completed online at: www.thebrooksieway.com. Registration will also be available on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the Post Race Tent near the Finish Line.
All middle school students in Oakland County are eligible to run or walk in the Middle School Challenge 5K of the Brooksie Way on September 22nd for only $5.
Future Brooksie runners and walkers can also participate in one of the Lil’ Brooksie Kids Races on Saturday, September 21st. The races include the Diaper Dash, Tot Trot and ¼ Mile Run and are for all ages and abilities. Each participant will receive a race t-shirt, medal, and finish line food goody bag. Register your child for $15 or $12 if you have two or more children from the same household.
Hundreds of volunteers will be needed to make The Brooksie Way a success. Volunteer opportunities are available both on race day and in the weeks leading up to the race. There are a variety of volunteer positions available for all abilities. Check out the list of available positions and choose what works best for you.
The first annual race was held in October 2008 and was named in honor of late Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s son, Brooks Stuart Patterson. Brooksie, as he was known to his family and friends, died in 2007 after a tragic snowmobile accident. Brooksie’s lasting legacy is the exuberance with which he lived his life, the passion he had for family and friends and his dreams for the future. That’s why the race was named in his memory, “The Brooksie Way.”
Race proceeds support programs that encourage a healthy, fit, and active lifestyle and are distributed through Brooksie Way Minigrants. Since 2010, the Brooksie Way has been able to donate thousands of dollars to non-profit organizations in Oakland County.
The Brooksie Way is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2011. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by State and Federal law.