About the HAP Brooksie Way
The Booksie Way Half Marathon and 5k RunAbout the HAP Brooksie Way

About the HAP Brooksie Way

 

The HAP Brooksie Way Half Marathon is one of Oakland County’s premier quality of life events. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson began the Brooksie Way races to promote Oakland County and encourage people to become more physically active. Support from HAP of Michigan, the presenting sponsor for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon, helps make the event and its related activities possible.

Race proceeds support programs that encourage healthy and active lifestyle and are distributed through Brooksie Way Minigrants.  In little more than a year, Brooksie Way Minigrants have put more than $150,000 back into Oakland County communities, touching thousands of lives along the way.  The Brooksie Way is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2011.  Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by State and Federal law.

Each year, race weekend kicks-off with the Brooksie Way Fitness Expo held on the campus of Oakland University.  The expo takes a holistic approach with the slogan Body Mind Soul to reflect the vast array of vendors from different areas of health, fitness and wellness.  Runners can find information and products from vendors from sports and nutrition retailers, athletic apparel, medical professionals and various training programs, along with information about cross-training sports such as yoga, cycling, roller blading, life coaching, weight control, traveling, and stress relief.

Runners and walkers alike are invited to participate in all the races; and a specially-designed training program is available to help get you in shape whether you're a first-timer or race veteran.

The first annual race was held in October 2008 and was named in honor of the late Brooks Stuart Patterson, Mr. Patterson's son.  This year's race will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information about race weekend and race day schedules, please visit the Race Info section.

BROOKSIE WAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

L. Brooks Patterson - Chairman
Greg Guidice - President
Paul Coughlin - Vice President
Shelley Wyant - Secretary
George Miller - Member
Gary Warner - Member
Greg Meyer - Member: Boston Marathon Winner, Chicago Marathon Winner, Member of the Distance Running Hall of Fame, Member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Set 10 American Records and 2 World Records, 7-Time Winner of the River Bank Run
Bill Rodgers - Member: Boston Marathon Winner, New York City Marathon Winner, Fukuoka Marathon Winner, Member of the 1976 US Olympic Team, Member of the USA Track & Field
John C. Gault - Member: Owner, Gault Race Management
Deb Kiertzner-Flynn - Race Director

2015 Brooksie Way Annual Report
2014 Brooksie Way Annual Report


 BROOKS STUART PATTERSON

Brooksie PattersonThe Brooksie Way races are named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, the 28-year-old son of Oakland County Executive L. Patterson.

Brooksie, as he was known to his family and friends, died in 2007 after a tragic snowmobile accident.

Ironically, his death came just days after his father's State of the County address in which plans were announced for a county-sponsored half marathon as part of a wellness initiative for county residents.

A businessman, entrepreneur, husband and father, Brooksie left behind a wife and three children.

Brooks Stuart Patterson's lasting legacy is the exuberance with which he lived his life, the passion he had for family and friends and his dreams for the future.

That's why we named the race in his memory, "The Brooksie Way."

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