Rochester HillsSeptember 18, 2013
Brooksie Way adds extra races
By Linda Shepard
C & G Staff Writer
ROCHESTER HILLS — This year’s Sept. 29 Brooksie Way Half Marathon will include special races — for children and young athletes with disabilities — the day before the main race.
Three races for children — the Tot Trot, Little Kids and Big Kids races — invite children from toddlers to age 12 to run in conjunction with the Brooksie Expo beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Oakland University Student Recreation Center. Entry fee is $10, or $8 per child for multiple children in a family.
Three different races are included in the Victory Run for Young Athletes with Disabilities — 50 yards, 200 yards and 365 yards. Races begin at 3:15 p.m. Sept. 28 at the OU Student Recreation Center, and registration is free.
The Brooksie Way Half Marathon begins at 8 a.m. at the site of the Meadowbrook Music Festival, off Walton Boulevard, west of Adams Road. The course winds through quaint neighborhoods, lush trails and downtown Rochester before finishing back on the campus of Oakland University.
The 13.1-mile Brooksie Way Half Marathon route travels through Rochester Hills, Rochester and on the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails. More than 6,000 runners and walkers are expected to take part in this year’s half marathon, 10k and 5k races.
The Brooksie Way, a Crim Fitness Foundation race, is named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and the son of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Brooksie, as his family and friends knew him, died in an accident in 2007.
Proceeds from the race support the Brooksie Way minigrant program, which promotes healthy and active lifestyles in Oakland County.
In April, the Brooksie Way Foundation donated $2,500 to the One Fund Boston relief effort, established to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“A tragedy of this magnitude calls for some type of response,” Patterson said in a statement. “Runners, whether in Boston for the marathon or at Oakland University for The Brooksie Way, have a common bond and a mutual love and respect for each other.”
“The running community is a close-knit community,” said Brooksie Race Director Deb Kiertzner in a statement. “When something like this happens to that community, it affects us all.”
For more information about The Brooksie Way, visit www.thebrooksieway.com.
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