Brooksie Way promotes active lifestyle

By Annie Stodola

The third annual Brooksie Way Half Marathon is set for Sunday, Oct. 3.

The Brooksie Way Half Marathon is a series of races in different distances, where runners are sponsored.

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson began the Brooksie Way Half Marathon races to promote active lifestyles in the community.

Plans for the first race were announced in 2007, just days before the fatal snowmobile accident of his son, Brooks Stuart Patterson.

The first race was held in October 2008 and was named in honor of the late Brooks Stuart Patterson.

Proceeds from the race support programs that encourage healthy and active lifestyles and are distributed through Brooksie Way MiniGrants.

“The goal of the Brooksie Way Minigrant program is to put money back into Oakland County communities to improve the health and wellness of our residents and we’re doing that,” Patterson said in a press release. “Through the Brooksie Way Half Marathon and the minigrant program, we’re touching thousands of lives and making a real difference.”

The course of the races stretches through Rochester and Rochester Hills, and lines both the Clinton River, and Paint Creek trails. The races start and end at Oakland University.

To encourage large participation there are multiple routes. The largest half marathon route is a 13.1-mile run that ends at Meadow Brook Hall.

Another race taking place mainly on the campus of OU is the 5K run/walk. This is a 3.1-mile course, designed largely for first-time racers.

The Detroit Pistons are sponsoring a 1-mile family fun run. This track will also cut through the OU campus and end at Meadow Brook Hall. Families are encouraged to participate together as a part of developing healthy and athletic family habits.

For those looking to help, without actually participating in any of the races, donations can be made, toward the Brooksie Way MiniGrants. All donations are tax-deductible.

The event staff is also looking for volunteers. Information can be found at