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Practice the Brooksie Way Course Sunday in Rochester

Planning to run or walk the half-marathon or 5K on Sept. 30? Try it out this weekend.

The fifth-annual , but you can try out the course for a practice run or walk on Sunday.

The practice race will begin and end at the Meadow Brook Music Festival, where the real race is set to be held on Sept. 30. 

It's free to participate in the practice race; the course will be marked but the roads will not be closed, so runners and walkers must stick to the bike paths and sidewalks. 

Three water stations will be located along the half-marathon course and at the finish. 

The event begins at 8 a.m.

Last year,  in the practice race.

For more about the Brooksie Way, visit our special section on Rochester Patch.

Evelyn Olson September 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I hope I'm not trapped in my subdivision for yet another "Brooksie Way"!
Patricia September 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I think with the so many roads under construction and traffic disrupted all spring/summer, many people will find it harder to have additional disruption with the practice race. Due to construction bikers and pedestrians continue to tie up traffic as they are also forced into a more compressed area. At times they infringe on traffic lanes placing themselves and others at risk. Other roads are taking on more traffic than normal and unfortunate some drivers are not patient. Lets hope this is not disruptive and everyone exercises more patience and they run fast.
Barbara Krueger September 15, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Evelyn, you are so right. Anyone living west of Adams cannot leave their house for several hours. There are three Lutheran churches east of Adams that I cannot get to because of this race. I just received a flyer telling me Adams will be closed at 9:00 AM. No matter what the race organizers tell us, you CANNOT cross Adams!
Patricia September 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM
i still wonder since the race is "best time", why we can't use our trails and have staggered start times-it also seems plausible that we could vary the course from year to year. This would grant some relief to the areas effected every year. I am for fitness, and certainly a run. We have a lot of run/walks in our area and although this is no Boston or New York Marathon, it is a big race. But again, I wonder why staging or the course can not be set different so as to allow people to get in and out of their area and not be so restrictive to them every year. Also a different course every year is more challenging instead of the same run with the same expectations. When I mentioned this possibility even last year, it was rebuffed and I would expect no different today. The decision makers do not find it restrictive as they are participants and it makes a difference. I understand that. But again, perhaps taking all into consideration maybe a different route when all our construction is done would be something to think about for the future and alternate the course year to year as a possible solution.
Evelyn Olson September 15, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Perhaps they could run past L. Brooks' house, since he won't be participating any time soon.
Erika Giordano September 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I think that if you value exercise and fitness you shouldn't mind a few road detours for a race. People have no respect for pedestrian's any longer. Pedestrians should not have to fear being run over by a car when they are out taking care of their health. Sad that people are more focused on being able to drive around than the fact that people are out being fit and active.
Evelyn Olson September 15, 2012 at 04:00 PM
I shouldn't be denied egress from my subdivision for hours on a Sunday or any day. I think if they ran the trails it would be fair to most anyone.
Debbie Larsen September 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM
There also seems to be a lack of respect for those who attend worship services on Sunday morning. I've heard completely disrespectful and insensitive remarks suggesting that such folks just "skip" services for a week if they are denied access to their places of worship. The race would appear to take precedence.
Patricia September 15, 2012 at 07:26 PM
People are not more focused on being abel to "drive around", they are driving to places they need to be-there is a difference. Most everyone is concerned about staying healthy.They just don't think other people need to be so inconvenienced on what is really one's own responsibility. Runs are fun, I agree but I also agree that changing the route ever so slightly & not golfing that day exiting south through the golf course, then turning east, then looping to the north everyone can share from year to year with the disruption. Health is not a shared responsibility, it is individual. I do know from the numerous e-mails and calls I rec'd that God & worship is put aside by advocates of the race to enjoy the sun, the runners & camaraderie of those that support the run. To me, Sunday is Sunday, call me old fashioned. My health, my responsibility, if not I would close the road to take a horse for a nice trot down the street & get a good workout. I doubt they would close the street to all of us that advocate horse back riding. if not, what about snow shoeing? Or a cross country ski race? I think those hold as much merit, may be even more from the health aspect. Regardless, it was Brooks Patterson that did this & then did not even include the home town of his family -they were excluded.This came down from Flint, got a new name & now it has become another annual event that taxpayers had no say in. Charitable contributions to a community go a long way.No one can say no.
Alicia Posetti Glover September 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I think you all need to note that there are no subdivisions on Adams road or any other road within the Brooksie course that have ONLY one entry/exit point. Sure you may have to wiggle through your sub, but you can get in and out and through to virtually any sub on the course simply by doing your home work. Google your address and have a look. I will be running the course, and I also live within the course and my husband drives the kids to points all over the race so they can see me run. So if he can work it out I know you will be able to too! good luck and remember to think outside the box from time to time ;-)
Alicia Posetti Glover September 15, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I think you all need to note that there are no subdivisions on Adams road or any other road within the Brooksie course that have ONLY one entry/exit point. Sure you may have to wiggle through your sub, but you can get in and out and through to virtually any sub on the course simply by doing your home work. Google your address and have a look. I will be running the course, and I also live within the course and my husband drives the kids to points all over the race so they can see me run. So if he can work it out I know you will be able to too! good luck and remember to think outside the box from time to time ;-)
Patricia September 15, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Thinking outside the box would be a good idea and to be fair, input not just participants, but effected non-participating residents, churches, and businesses as well should be taken into consideration as well as those in the area that would generally use the road for the commute it is intended for, especially on a weekend when people tend to stay closer in the area of their residence and not commute out of the area to work. Maybe next year more people would be willing to think outside the box. Hope everyone enjoys the run this year and completes it safely.
Evelyn Olson September 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
I could not exit on Adams, Tienken or Brewster and finally called a friend who got me to Lake Orion but I was to meet someone in Troy!
Barbara Krueger September 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Alicia, you can do all of the "wiggling" you want and you still cannot cross Adams. I have tried several times in the past years and it just does not work. I even had an e-mail from the mayor and showed it to the cop and he laughed at me. To go east I finally went over by the Silverdome on Opdykle to get on M-59. Let's not forget the church goers and run this race on Saturday. By the way, I just got a card in the mail that states that Adams will be closed at 9:00 AM.
Alicia Posetti Glover September 16, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Barbara, I never said North Adams Road was open, I merely stated that there were ways to move through the area if you pre-plan and organize yourself. here is the link for the Brooksie web page with info in POLICE officer patrolled entry exit points from subdivisions up Adams. http://www.thebrooksieway.com/Pages/race/traffic.aspx
Tony Casino September 27, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I'm glad I no longer live in Rochester Hills!

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