Waterford, Michigan -- The Brooksie Way Half Marathon and its scenic course is getting national exposure as one of the most desirable half marathons to enter this fall.
Active.com, the world's largest directory of sports and recreational activities, selected the Brooksie Way along with 10 other half marathons in such international destinations as Vail, Colo.; Myrtle Beach, N.C. and Napa Valley, Calif., as a must to run.
"Looking for a beautiful setting for your next 13.1?" Active.com wrote. "From Kingston Beach to California wine country, here are 11 picture perfect courses you should run."
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was gratified to know the race, which is named in memory of his son, Brooks Stuart Patterson, had received national attention in only its fourth year. More than 6.5 million people receive weekly and monthly newsletters from Active.com. The special feature on the top 11 races is currently featured on the Active.com homepage.
"Incredible," Patterson said Wednesday. "We’re in some tall cotton when our race is being compared with races in Vail, the California wine country or the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If you want to run on one of the most scenic race courses in the country, you don’t have to leave Oakland County. It’s right here in your own backyard."
The fourth Brooksie Way Half Marathon is set for Oct. 2 in Rochester Hills. The race begins on the campus of Oakland University and winds through the streets of Rochester and Rochester Hills and parts of the Clinton River Trail and Paint Creek Trail before returning to the OU campus. This year, the course will start and finish for the first time on the Meadow Brook Music Festival grounds.
New this year is an expanded post-race party. All half marathon entrants receive an apple red long-sleeve Brooks technical shirt and finishers receive a medal designed especially for the 2011 race. A complete list of registration prices and deadlines can be found at www.thebrooksieway.com.
Besides the half marathon, there is a 5k race and a One Mile Fun Run on the grounds of Oakland University. You may walk or run any of the events. A half marathon competitive walk is among the races.
Greg Meyer and Lisa Rainsberger, the last American male and female winners of the Boston Marathon, are schedule to run the half marathon.
Other activities include:
- A Corporate Team Challenge featuring chief executive officers who have pledged $1,000 to run in either the half marathon or the 5k. There is also a team challenge for five-person teams who compete against other teams for special awards.
- A Middle-School Challenge, sponsored by AT&T, to encourage the participation of middle-school aged runners.
- A One-Mile Family Fun Run. The race is not timed but participants will receive a T-shirt.
- A post-race celebration that features a rock climbing wall and inflatable bounce houses. Food will also be available for purchase.
The Brooksie Way is presented by Oakland County and the Crim Fitness Foundation and is sponsored by HealthPlus. Proceeds from the race support programs that promote healthy active lifestyles through the Brooksie Way Minigrant program. The minigrant program has distributed more than $50,000 to various Oakland County charities.