Waterford, Mich. - June 2, 2010 - If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, preparation for the Brooksie Way Half Marathon can begin by signing up for the nationally-acclaimed Crim Training Program and time is running out.
Participant kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. on June 10 at the Oakland University Rec Center. Registration for the 2010 training program has more than doubled the 30 who signed up each of the first two years the program was offered. The race is set for Oct. 3 beginning at OU.
"If you've been thinking about getting involved in a half marathon or a 5K race and didn't know where to start, this is a wonderful way to begin," said Sue Barnes, training coordinator for the Brooksie Way.
The Crim Training Program was designed by former U.S. Olympian Jeff Galloway. It prepares virtually anyone from beginners to experienced runners who want to run or walk either the half marathon or the 5K race. Group workouts are held every Thursday evening starting June 10 and continue through August. In September, the training sessions are held on Saturdays. All sessions begin in the Rochester area with the starting locations determined by the length of the workout. All groups and levels incorporate a run/walk/run method of training. Participants must be 18 years old by June 1.
The cost for the program is $190 and includes:
• Free entry into the Brooksie Way Half Marathon or 5K race
• Free entry into a Crim event
• Brooks technical fabric training shirt
• Pre and post race health screenings
• Free entry into two other area running or walking events
• Discounts on running products at Runnin’ Gear
The Brooksie Way is named in honor of Brooks Stuart Patterson, a young father and son of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who died after a snowmobile accident in 2007. Proceeds from the race support programs that promote healthy active lifestyles. Nine Oakland County programs were recently awarded funding through the Brooksie Way Minigrant program.
The 13.1-mile half marathon course begins at Oakland University and winds through Rochester Hills and Rochester, parts of the Clinton River Trail and Paint Creek Trail before finishing at Meadow Brook Hall. There is a 5k race and the Detroit Pistons Fun Run on the grounds of Oakland University. You may walk or run any of the events.
Former Olympian marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter, Beijing Olympian Brian Sell and Greg Meyer, the last American male to win the Boston Marathon, are among the elite runners expected to be on hand for the race.
The Brooksie Way is presented by Oakland County and the Crim Fitness Foundation and is sponsored by HealthPlus.