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5th Annual Brooksie Way Half-Marathon Set for Sept. 30 in Rochester

Here's what will change and what will stay the same for this year's race.

There are 234 days between now and the biggest gathering of runners and walkers in all of Oakland County.

This year's Brooksie Way Half-Marathon will be Sept. 30 — a week earlier than in years past.

The date was moved to avoid a conflict with World Communion Sunday, which takes place Oct. 7, the first Sunday in October. That's the day the race typically would have been scheduled. The September date also leaves more time between the Brooksie and the Detroit marathon, which is Oct. 21.

"There are a lot of pluses to the date change," said Sue Barnes, community outreach coordinator for the race. "Another is the weather — anything we can do for a little more warmth on race day is a good thing."

The Brooksie Way started in 2008. It was named for Brooks Stuart Patterson, the son of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who died in a snowmobile accident in 2007. "If you want to live life to the fullest, you have to live it the Brooksie Way," Patterson has said repeatedly since then in describing the race's namesake.

That the race has grown each year is a testament to the community that has embraced it, race Director Deb Kiertzner said.

"We've proven that Oakland County really was ready for a world-class race event," Kiertzner said.

The official kickoff for the race will be next month, when the next round of are awarded (race entry fees contribute to grants for nonprofit programs in Oakland County).

Until then, here's what you need to know:

  • The race is no longer part of The Crim Foundation. It is its own race, under its own staff who are focused exclusively on the Brooksie.
  • If this is your fifth year of participating in the Brooksie Way, you'll be considered part of the five-year streak and you'll get to wear a special race bib.
  • The popular training program for the race will start June 7. New this year: A southern Oakland County annex group for trainees.
  • The shirt color for this year's race has yet to be determined;

Like last year, the race will begin and end on the campus. There will be a 5K run/walk and a one-mile fun run. The race route will remain unchanged.

"The runners love the hills and trails. I hear all the time from people, 'Are there really hills in that race?' " Barnes said.

Paul Coughlin and Greg Guidice are co-chairs of the race.

"To me, the five year anniversary is a huge milestone," said Coughlin, owner of in Rochester Hills. "It was a year and a half before that first race that we sat down with Brooks (Patterson) and first started talking about having a race. To see it grow to this point is really exciting."

Register and train for the Brooksie

  • What: 2012 Brooksie Way - half-marathon, 5K and fun run
  • When: 8 a.m. Sept. 30
  • Where: start and finish on Oakland University campus
  • Register: The fee is $45, but if you register before April 1 online registration fees will be waved. Register here
  • Train: For more about the training program, see thebrooksieway.com/Pages/training.
  • More information: www.thebrooksieway.com
  • For complete coverage of the 2011 race, see the Brooksie Way page on Rochester Patch.
Daryl Patrishkoff February 12, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Susan, If you look at other races in Southeast Michigan they are run on public streets and on Sundays. To list a few big ones: Crim in Flint, Marathon in Detroit, I could make a huge list. In my running days I ran in many local city runs on Sundays and the people lined the streets cheered us on and there was a great party at the end giving exposure to the area. These were all good positive events. I agree with Amanda, let’s not turn this into a political argument. If you do not like Brooks address him on the issues, not criticizing him on a great event that helps the area and widely supported by the residents.
Susan M. February 12, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Daryl - Please point out the comment that I made making this political? That was never my intent. And as my mother always said, "Just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean you should too," which seems to be your only argument to this. While we may be only talking a foot race here that is just 1 morning of the year, that statement stands true throughout our lives.
Daryl Patrishkoff February 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Susan, My first comment was about the race bing on Sunday. This race went through the approval process and is normal and similar to other events we do in the area: Christmas parade, winter fire and ice, dancing in the streets, etc. As a comminity a majority agree this is a good thing, some do not, that is part of living in a community. I am sorry you thought my polical comment was to your post, it was not. l was supporting Amanda's comment about the other comments talking about politics.
Scot Beaton February 13, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Daryl, it's to bad the residents can turn their inconvenience into a positive. We could try to think of it this way, my Church or Subdivision every year is inconvenience by the Brooksie Way Marathon... that's ok, that's our contribution of thanks to this great event. Our sub especially my street Bolinger gets a lot of cut thru traffic when downtown Rochester has its Christmas Parade doesn't bother me in the slightest.
Sara Kohn February 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I have to say a bravo to the members that organize the event have done a fantastic job with letting us know weeks in advance about the impact, and it has been consistent over the years. Yes, you have to pay attention, much like everything in life, to make sure you are not in the wrong place at the wrong time, but so what! To those that cannot stand the impact, why not try and take a weekend away...

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