For runners and walkers looking for something shorter than a half-marathon but longer than a 5K, the Brooksie Way has added a 10K course this year.
And if you register for any of the Sept. 29 race events now, you'll save up to $30 in registration fees.
In its sixth year, the Brooksie is one of the most popular annual events of the fall in Oakland County. It begins and ends at Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University and winds through the wooded trails and hilly roads of Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.
The 10K course is awaiting certification, but it will overlap part of the course for the half-marathon, race organizers said.
Before April 1, registration is $45 for the half-marathon; $30 for the 10K and $20 for the 5K. Half-marathon participants will receive a long-sleeve Brooks apparel technical shirt; those in the 10K will receive a long-sleeve cotton t-shirt; 5K participants will receive a short-sleeve cotton t-shirt. There is a registration form attached to this story (or find it online here.)
This will be the second year the race is happening in September; previous races were scheduled in October.
Also new this year:
- Start line corrals for the half-marathon.
- A training program option in Grand Blanc, in addition to options in Rochester and southern Oakland County.
Training program details and applications are available online. The training program features weekly group run/walk workouts with others in the same pace.
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."