The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is Going VIRTUAL

The 13th running of The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K & 5K races is going VIRTUAL!

“Since it began 13 years ago, the McLaren Brooksie Way has been one of the most popular fall half marathons in Michigan. The pandemic has forced us to change the race this year and we understand as the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and spectators is always our top priority.”

Race Director Deb Flynn

The Brooksie Way will allow runners and walkers to have fun and support programs that encourage a healthy, fit, and active lifestyle. This year’s race allows runners and walkers to complete their chosen race anytime and anywhere within two weeks of September 27th.

“I know there are many dedicated runners, walkers, families and even spectators who look forward to the Brooksie Way each year. The pandemic has changed our routines and many of the events and celebrations we normally enjoy have been cancelled, delayed or altered. We are fortunate that Brooksie Way organizers have found a healthy, safe way for us to participate in the race. I encourage everyone to pick their favorite route, make sure the weather is nice and enjoy a healthy run or walk with family or friends.”

Oakland County Executive David Coulter

Sign up for The Brooksie Way

Registration for the Half Marathon, 10K & 5K can be completed online at:

Future Brooksie runners and walkers can also participate virtually in the Lil’ Brooksie Kid’s Fun Run. Register your child for $15 or $12 if you have two or more children from the same household.

Brooksie says Thank You to all those who have been working on the front lines against COVID-19. The Front Line/First Responders programs sponsored by Kroger provides FREE registration to Virtual McLaren Brooksie Way. Please reach out to Deb Flynn, race director, at for information. Limited number of entries available.

As in past years, race participants will receive finisher medals, runner bibs and race shirts, which will be available race week or will be mailed after the race. In addition, all participants will receive an email with a downloadable finisher certificate, race results and link to upload your race photo.

Runners and walkers who have participated in a Brooksie race since the beginning will receive special recognition on their race bibs. For 13-year runners, virtual registration will assure your Brooksie “streak” and, as always, bibs will recognize that achievement.

For Team Challenge members, we will continue to score the teams as usual. Due to no celebration in the team tent following the race, there will be no additional Team Fee.

About The Brooksie Way

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.”

Traditionally the race begins at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the grounds of Oakland University (OU) and winds through Rochester and Rochester Hills before returning to OU. Race Organizers are planning and looking forward to the 2021 Brooksie Way scheduled for September 26, 2021.

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.

Visit the Brooksie Way website for more information. Follow along on; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #BrooksieWay.

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