Summer is the time to get outside and sweat! All across Oakland County, organizations, and charities are hosting summer running events for folks of all ages to participate in. Jog alongside pristine lakes in the Holly Triathlon, sprint through scenic neighborhoods in Bloomfield Hill’s signature running event, Heart of the Hills, or join the 8th Annual Strides for SOUL in Walled Lake.
Whether you’re darting down a paved nature trail or zooming through a bustling downtown area, if you participate in any of these running events, you’re spending time under Oakland County sun, and that’s a great thing!
The 10th annual Brooksie Way was undoubtedly a hot one, but that didn’t stop over 4,500 runners and walkers from completing last Sunday’s race. Temps hovered in the mid to high 80s, but 5k, 10k, and half marathon racers were brimming with energy and excitement!
5,000 volunteers and about 10,000 spectators lined the beautiful course that began at Oakland University. Half marathon walkers and runners continued through the city of Rochester Hills, Downtown Rochester, along the Paint Creek and Clinton River Trails, and ended back at the university.
Check out our video to see all of the race day fun! If you were a runner, walker, volunteer, or supporter, you just may find yourself in it!
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.
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
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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The pop of the gun sends hundreds or even thousands of runners and walkers of all ages into the street. As foot meets pavement, racers journey toward the finish line.
While participants compete for health and sport, most also compete to draw awareness and support to a wide range of charitable causes. Often, the proceeds generated by running events are donated to specific charities, providing participants with a great reason to support their loved ones and run in Oakland County.
Avid and amateur runners to summer walkers are invited to put their feet to the pavement and run (or walk) any number of the races scheduled during the summer months. Use our Summer Running List to find a race near you!