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Register By Midnight Tonight for Sunday's Brooksie Way

Here's what you need to know about race day in Rochester and Rochester Hills.

If you want to participate in the fifth-annual Brooksie Way, know this: online registration for the half-marathon and 5K ends at midnight tonight.

"We’re expecting this to be our best race yet," said Brooksie Race Director Deb Kiertzner. "We’re expecting a record number of runners, the post-race party is bigger than ever and we have U.S. Olympic marathoner Desiree Davila in the field.

"If you’re on the fence as to whether to register or not, the clock is ticking."

The races begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University. 

Register at www.theBrooksieWay.com

The Brooksie Way is named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, son of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who died in 2007. Patterson has often told the story of his son's funeral and a family member declaring that if you want to live life to its fullest, "live it the Brooksie Way."

Patterson is recovering from injuries he received in an Aug. 10 car crash and is not expected to be at Sunday's race; in the past he has walked in the 5K.

Proceeds from the race support The Brooksie Way Minigrant program for health and wellness efforts across the county.

Here's what else you should know about the race:

  • Olympian Desiree Davila is expected to speak at the Expo and be a part of the race.
  • The Brooksie Way's 30,000th racer is expected to cross the finish line.
  • A "Flash Wave" has been organized by Abiding Presence Lutheran Church. Members will cheer on runners at the corner of Old Perch and Walton.
  • In addition to the parking field at Adams and Walton, a new lot will accommodate Brooksie Way participants this year. It will be located off Meadow Brook Drive on campus and can be accessed from the west.
  • The Brooksie Way Fitness Expo is Friday and Saturday at the OU Rec Center and includes a family-friendly all-you-can-eat pasta party from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at the Expo, which is open to the public.

For more about the race, see our special section on Rochester Patch.

laurie puscas September 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
It would be really helpful to have a map posted here showing all the road closures. It has been difficult enough for residents this summer having to navigate all the construction - now this.
Todd Hubbard September 27, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Given the number of road closures this race should probably been postponed until next year. Already too hard to get around this town.
doug September 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Rochester is now known as " construction town" all around Detroit. People are avoiding it in droves. This may be a nice cause, but it doesnt warrant the effect it has on residents who choose not to be involved. Couldn't they run this race through Oakland University or along the Paint Creek Trail? Oh I forgot, the trail has construction and is closed too between Tienken and Dutton....bridge work.. I will be the polically incorrect one and point out that there are hundreds of great causes, This one gets treated as the highest priority because the Oakland County Exective is the sponsor. We even got info on it in pour water bill......
Peter Griffin September 27, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Why cant they have their "race" on the OU campus (plenty of roads that wind around/thru campus with little or no Sunday traffic) --- no road closures needed. Instead, Mr. Brooks has to flex his authority and mess up Sunday morning traffic for those out early for 8am and 9am masses. Thanks L. Brooks.
Peter Griffin September 27, 2012 at 04:55 PM
doug -- you are not politically incorrect.....you are just "correct". That is the best way to be. my turn to be "correct" -- I remember a few years ago when the brooksie way was run down (or up) Tienken Rd. About a month before the race, Tienken Rd (from Livernois to the Paint Creek Trail) was resurfaced just for this event. Thanks L. Brooks for inconviencing (sp?) us twice ---- once for a week or two when the road was being resurfaced and again during the race.
Tony Casino September 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I'm glad I no longer live in Rochester Hills!
Pam Tremble September 27, 2012 at 06:26 PM
The map of road closures along the course is posted on the Brooksie Way website. Here's the direct link: http://www.thebrooksieway.com/Documents/general_race_map_2012.pdf
Christian Hauser September 27, 2012 at 06:34 PM
In addition to moving this race far from the downtown area, I propose we also do away with the Christmas parade in downtown Rochester. Similarly, the Big Bright Light Show should be cancelled immediately. If Main Street isn't shut down during the parade, then it's backed up for miles while people invade our town and look at lights on buildings for the entire month of December. Please cancel the Fire and Ice Festival too. The closure of Third Street for a weekend is a massive inconvenience. All of those people congregating on Main Street staring at frozen water statues just adds to the headache of trying to get around downtown that weekend. Same goes for the afternoon where the downtown merchants hand out candy to the kids for Halloween. To add insult to injury, Water Street is closed for a silly costume parade. Why should alter my route for a bunch of children who don't even pay taxes?? And while we're banning events from taking place in our city, don't forget the Arts and Apples Festival. The traffic a few weekends ago was unbearable. It took me FIVE extra minutes to get across town on a Saturday afternoon. The town was invaded by hippies and liberals. It was terrifying. Other events to cancel include, but are not limited to, Restaurant Week, Movies in the Moonlight, Rockin' Rods, Sidewalk Sale, Kris Kringle Market and the Bake Sale. We need to stand up and prevent our city from deteriorating into a community that is active, charming and welcoming to visitors!!!
doug September 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The secret to good sarcasm is it has to connect. Your comparing the Brooksie Way to the Christmas Parade. Really! Explain how having this worthwhile event in an area that doesn't inconvenience thousands of people isnt a good idea. What's wrong with the OU campus? A fantastic venue. Less expensive as police costs are lower.
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Reminder: if you don't make the online registration deadline, you can register in person at the Brooksie Way Expo on Friday and Saturday. Happy running!
Peter Griffin September 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
The Chtistmas Parade, Big Bright Light Show, Fire and Ice, and Arts and Apples all generate revenue for Rochester and Rochester Hills by bringing in potential customers to the area (especially during the Christmas shopping season) -- the brooksie way does not. Arts and Apples could maybe be moved to either OU's campus or Rochester College's campus, but the other events require a "downtown" type of setting. The brooksie way could also benefit from a change of venue to the OU campus. There would be a very open area to run and local traffic flow is not affected. Also, OU could also benefit from the exposure. Part of the fun run could take runners past the new Med building to show what is new on campus to any out of town media or spectators that may decide to watch.
Peter Griffin September 28, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Very well said.
Christian Hauser September 28, 2012 at 01:40 PM
There's nothing wrong with OU. In fact, the 5K race is almost entirely on campus. It's a beautiful place to run. That said, OU does not lend itself well to a 13.1 mile race. I can assure you it's not as simple as having the participants do 3 or 4 loops around the campus. If that was the case, why not have it at Stoney Creek High School and run around the track 50+ times? Additionally, the costs for the police are irrelevant as they are passed on to the runners in the entry fee. Non-participants do not pay for any of the additional police brought in to handle traffic control. I presume much of the reason the race goes through Rochester and Rochester Hills is to showcase the qualities that make these cities unique and charming. I can attest that the race does in fact bring money into our communities, not just on race day, but by individuals who come back throughout the year to use the trails, shop in the stores and dine in the restaurants. Also, the race has contributed substantial sums of money to several organizations in Rochester and Rochester Hills. Your statement that the race doesn't bring money into the area is absolutely without merit.

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