It was a brisk fall morning. Music filling Meadowbrook Amphitheater grounds on the campus of Oakland University at 6:30 a.m.
Runners and walkers arrived as the sun rose, all geared up and ready to take on the 2016 HAP Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.
From super hero costumes to tutus, runners and walkers alike came dressed to show their excitement.
The HAP Brooksie Way is considered one of Oakland County‘s premier quality of life events, started by L. Brooks Patterson who wanted to encourage people to become more physically active.
The first annual race took place in October of 2008 and was named in honor of the late Brooks Stuart Patterson, Patterson’s son.
Don’t miss out on The 2015 HealthPlus Brooksie Way! Registration is open for teams and individuals until Thursday, September, 24th, 2015. The Brooksie Way is one of Oakland County’s premier quality of life events. The Brooksie Way was named after the late Brooks Stuart Patterson, son of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Patterson began the Brooksie Way races to promote Oakland County and encourage people to become more physically active.
I am pretty sure that the thousands of the runners in the seventh annual Brooksie Way half marathon, are glad that the race is behind them, and they don’t have to see any more hills until next year’s race. The course starts and ends at Meadow Brook on the campus of Oakland University and runners run along parts of the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails, Rochester Hills and downtown Rochester.
The PlayOaklandCounty team was present, scanning the QR codes on racers’ bibs to deliver real time results to the participants, answering people’s questions, and taking #BrooksieWay pictures for an #OaklandCounty Facebook album.
The event proceeds will be distributed as mini-grants to healthy living initiatives in the county by way of the Brooksie Way Mini-Grant program.
Donald Richmond of Portland, Michigan completed the course in one hour and eleven minutes. Clarkston’s Shane Logan finished 2nd, a mear 24 seconds behind the leader. Seven other runners completed the course in less then 1:20 on a perfect day for running.
Top Finishers in 2014 Brooksie Way Half-Marathon
1. Donald Richmond – Portland
2. Shane Logan – Clarkston
3. Bryce Stroede – Rochester
4. Leo Foley – Independence
5. Michael Cox – Pinckney
6. Mike Messina – Sterling Heights
7. Ryan Beck – Royal Oak
8. David De Steiger – Rochester
9. Joshua Murphy – Kalamazoo
10. Lee Shaw – Livonia
1 Nicole Monette – Royal Oak
2 Amanda Wolski – Dearborn
3 Kim Sanner – Macomb
4 Amber Dermyre – Canton
5 Anne Lovelace – Rochester Hills
6 Renee Cholyway – Pontiac
7 Katie May – New Baltimore
8 Amy Corby – Rochester
9 Roxanne Carr – Troy
10 Erika Vallie – Macomb
Click here to see a complete list of race results.
Keep in touch all year long with The Brooksie Way on Facebook.