Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson met with the committee for The Brooksie Way Half Marathon, 10k & 5k Races today during a previously-scheduled planning session for the sixth annual event. During the meeting in the Executive Office Building Conference Center, their thoughts turned immediately to the victims of the terror attack Monday at the Boston Marathon.
"As founder of a half marathon, it's incomprehensible why someone would target professional and amateur runners who are out there for the love of their sport," Patterson said. "We are praying for all the victims and loved ones of the Boston Marathon bombing."
Greg Guidice, co-chair of The Brooksie Way Executive Committee, and Greg Meyer, elite athlete coordinator for The Brooksie Way, both ran in Monday's Boston Marathon. Neither was injured. Greg Meyer is the last American male to win the Boston Marathon.
The 2013 Brooksie Way Half-Marathon, 10k & 5k Races are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. They begin and end on the campus of Oakland University. For more information, go to TheBrooksieWay.com.
About The Brooksie Way
The Brooksie Way Half Marathon is one of Oakland County's premier quality of life events. Named in honor of his late son, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson began The Brooksie Way races to promote Oakland County and encourage people to become more physically active. Private race proceeds support programs that encourage healthy and active lifestyles and are distributed through Brooksie Way MiniGrants. Since 2010, nearly $100,000 in minigrants has been distributed to 85 programs. More than 6,000 individuals participated in the 2012 Brooksie Way.
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