Registration Open for 2015 HealthPlus Brooksie Way Races

Runners and walkers can save themselves up to $30 on entry fees by registering now online for the eighth annual HealthPlus Brooksie Way.

Online registration at saves half marathon runners and walkers off the $75 entry fee charged to those who register on the eve of the Sept. 27 race. Entrants for the 10K and 5K will also realize significant savings by registering early. Participants can also register online for the popular Team Challenge–which sold out last year–and celebrate after the race in the exclusive Team Challenge tent.

“This is one of the premier road races in Michigan,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “The community has embraced the Brooksie and the proceeds are given back to the community through programming that supports and promotes healthy and active lifestyles through Brooksie Way Minigrants.”

The Brooksie Way Minigrant program has returned more than $125,000 to support local health and fitness activities. The grants are awarded three times a year.

Now in its eighth year, the HealthPlus Brooksie Way 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.

According to the press release, the popular Kid’s Race–sponsored by Fifth Third bank–is set for Sept. 26. Kroger, the official half marathon sponsor, will soon offer race applications in all Michigan stores.

The Brooksie Way conducted the second annual “Chill at the Mills’ race on Sunday in conjunction with Rochester’s Fire & Ice Festival and was sponsored by Shelton Buick GMC.

There were more than 600 registrants for the 5K, an increase of 100 participants from the inaugural year.

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