Recruit 5 Friends for Brooksie Way and You Run Free in ‘16

The Brooksie Way is offering 10 interested walkers and runners a chance to participate in the 2016 HealthPlus Brooksie Way Half Marathon for free – just convince five friends to register online for any of the 2015 Brooksie Way races.

brooksieway_foundation_logo_150The inaugural Brooksie Ambassador Program offers the first 10 people who recruit five runners or walkers to complete the online registration for any of the Sept. 27 races will receive special reserved parking near the start/finish line for this year’s race, an official 2015 Brooksie Ambassador shirt and $20 in HealthPlus Brooksie Way merchandise.

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch but this is pretty close,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Get five of your friends registered for any of our races and you get in the 2016 half marathon for free, which would save you enough money to treat your friends to lunch after the race.”

The HealthPlus Brooksie Way, now in its eighth year, is named in memory of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and the son of the county executive, who died in 2007. It has become one of the most popular regional fall half marathons. The 2014 race attracted 5,800 runners and walkers. The course begins and ends at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University and includes parts of the Clinton River and Paint Creek trails, Rochester Hills and downtown Rochester. The Brooksie Way family of races includes 10k, 5K and a kid’s race.

“The Brooksie Way team continues to create innovative ways to increase access to this important community wellness event,” said Nancy Jenkins, HealthPlus president and CEO. “HealthPlus is proud to support their efforts as a way to further its vision of healthier people and places.”

The Brooksie Way is also offering “Throw-Back Thursdays,” a chance for runners and walkers to save as much as $35 off the entry fee for the half marathon. Each Thursday in August, registration for the half marathon is $45 – the same price offered in January. Those who wait until race weekend will pay $80 to enter the half marathon.

New this year, all participants in a timed race will receive a free photograph of themselves. Also new is the ability to purchase Brooksie Way race apparel and other logo merchandise online at

Runners and walkers who have participated in past HealthPlus Brooksie Way races will note a course modification for the second year, which now takes them on Dutton Road. The change is necessary because of ongoing construction on Tienken Road. Participants also can register online for the popular Team Challenge – which sold out last year – and celebrate after the race in the exclusive Team Challenge tent, which is sponsored by FifthThird Bank.

The Rochester Tap Room is providing food for Team Challenge participants.

The popular Kid’s Race – also sponsored by Fifth Third Bank – is set for Sept. 26, the day before the bigger races. Kroger, the official half marathon sponsor, offers race applications in all Michigan stores. The 10k sponsor is Velmeir. The 5k race is sponsored by First Merit Bank and Genisys Credit Union is the sponsor of the charity program.

Proceeds from the races help fund The Brooksie Way Minigrant Program, which has awarded more than $135,000 to local non-profit organizations to support health and fitness activities since 2010.

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