Brooks Stuart Patterson

Photograph of a smiling L. Brooks Patterson with his son, Brooks Stuart 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."