Looking Back at the 2014 Brooksie Way

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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.

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Top Finishers:

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

Male
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

Female
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.

 

Get Ready to be FRIGHTENED! (2014 version)

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October has arrived and with it comes your favorite haunts! For those of you hardcore thrill-seekers that just love to be horrified, terrified and scared out of your minds, we have just what you’re looking for!

Here is your 2014 list of the scariest ‘Haunted Attractions’ in and around Oakland County. Check them out…if you dare!

For current attractions look to the Oakland County Things To Do page.

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Throwin’ It Back: 1800’s Style Baseball

The game of baseball has been enjoyed by millions since the mid-1800s. While the rules have changed a little bit over time, the game is still  the same one that has been played in America for over 150 years.

Here in Oakland County, the Royal Oak Wahoo’s and the Rochester Grangers take the game back to its early days. Games are played from the rule book of the 1860’s – and their uniforms and equipment follow suit. Some old school rules include:

  • Batters can not over-run first base – they must stop on it.
  • No GLOVES!  In 1860, everyone caught bare-handed.
  • Players congratulate their opponents when a good play is made, and help the umpire make close calls with honesty.
  • After crossing home plate, the player must approach the scorer’s table, ring a bell, and politely request that the scorekeeper “tally your ace”.
  • And finally, there is no spitting, swearing or other action that may be offensive to a women or children.

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Concerts in the Park (Oakland County Communities 2014)


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(This is a past post on Concerts in the Park – for a current update page click here)

Many Oakland County communities have summer concert series in their parks and downtowns.

With the wide range of musical styles that are presented in these concerts, you can easily find one that fits your musical taste, or take a chance and just go. You never know, you might discover something new and different that you like. Continue reading