McLaren Brooksie Way Half Marathon around the corner

Runners and walkers keen on participating in the 11th annual McLaren Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10k and 5k races have until Sept. 20 to register and save on their entry fee.

The race is set for the morning of Sept. 23 and begins at the Meadow Brook Music Amphitheater on the grounds of Oakland University. Those who register by Sept. 20 for the half-marathon will save $10. There are similar savings on the other races. Registration can be done online at www.TheBrook sieWay.com. Race morning registration is available in the Post Race tent at the finish line.

"This is one of the highlights of the year for me," Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. "We expect to have about 6,000 participants this year. Couple that with the impact the Brooksie Way Minigrant program has had, giving out $260,000 to help support health and fitness activities in our county. I would never have dreamed the entire Brooksie Way would play such an important role in the community."

The McLaren Brooksie Way continues to be among the most popular fall half marathons, 10k and 5k races in the state. It is named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father who died after an accident in 2007. He was the son of the county executive.

The half marathon includes parts of the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails, Rochester Hills and downtown Rochester. The 2017 race attracted more than 5,700 runners and walkers. All participants this year will have access to free and nearly instantaneous racer photographs from enMotive. Finisher messaging is available courtesy of Genisys Credit Union.

Published: Tue, Sep 11, 2018