Celebrate the Brooksie Way’s 10th Anniversary!

Thousands of runners and walkers will be gearing up to participate in the 10th running of the McLaren Brooksie Way this Sunday morning at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the grounds of Oakland University!

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, 40 sponsors and at least 115 legacy runners and walkers who have participated in each of the first nine McLaren Brooksie Way races were honored during a Gala Sponsor’s Reception yesterday evening. The 10-year athletes received express pickup of their race packets and a special race shirt noting their achievement.

Take a look at the Brooksie Way 10th Anniversary video to view some favorite race memories through the years and hear commentary from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Brooksie Way Board Members: 1983 Boston Marathon Winner Greg Meyer and Olympic Running Champion Bill Rodgers.

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A Park on a River, Placemaking, and Pizza

WILDER SIDE OF OAKLAND COUNTY

One hundred and ninety-six years have passed by since Aaron Webster became the first permanent European settler along the banks of the Clinton River in what is now the City of Auburn Hills. He died of typhoid fever just two years later in the summer of 1823, but before his death he constructed a dam on the river that captured the power of the water’s flow to operate a saw mill.  The timber from his saw mill was then was used to build a grist mill to grind grain. That’s how Auburn Hills began.

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Make Fall Running Season Your Best Yet!

Some say the fall is the best season to be a runner! With cooler temps on the way, and beautiful leaves changing color, running can seem like more of a treat than a chore. In fact, many people fall in love with running at this special time of year.

Take a look at our list of Fall Running Events before you hit the pavement. Signing up for a race now can help get you motivated and ready for the change in season. You’ll find events for every ability, including full marathons, mile walks, fun runs, and more.

Walking and running are great for the heart, mind, and whole body! Be sure to follow these simple tips for safe running.

  • Warm up – especially in cooler weather
  • Check the weather before you head out
  • Invest in proper footwear
  • Plan for daylight saving time
  • Dress in layers
  • Hydrate

Planning ahead for your next race? Visit our Spring and Summer Running Events pages to find walks and runs happening in and around Oakland County.


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Celebrate America’s First Principles During Patriot Week

Patriot Day Logo with 5-Point Star and American Flag

Honor and celebrate America’s founding principles during Patriot Week. Started by Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren and his daughter in 2009, Patriot Week is a time to reflect upon the ideals, documents, and historical figures who represent the best of the United States. Patriot Week is bookended by two key dates. The week begins on September 11th, honoring the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in 2001, and ends on September 17th: Constitution Day.

Special events, ranging from solemn remembrances and intellectual discussions, to joyous festivities, will take place throughout the week. Patriot Week events culminate on September 16th with the 8th Annual Patriot Festival held at Bower’s Farm in Bloomfield Hills.  The free Festival will feature wagon rides, animals, and music. Food will also be available for purchase. Continue reading

Oakland University: Oakland County College Connections

Oakland University (OU), located in the cities of Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills, offers its students 270 degree and certificate programs. Known as a student-centered, doctoral research institution with a global perspective, OU has plenty to extend to its over 20,000 enrolled scholars. When students aren’t busy conducting research, gaining global perspectives, competing in Division I athletics – Go Golden Grizzlies!, leading student organizations, or performing on stage, there’s a sprawling campus, spanning two thriving cities to enjoy.

Take a look at our video and tour the gorgeous campus and architecture yourself.

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