Brooskie Way 2022 Spring 5K presented by Vibe Credit Union. Saturday, May 21st, at Rochester Municpal Park

ROCHESTER, MI – This weekend, Saturday, May 21st, 2022, will be the last branded "Brooksie Way" event.

In 2008, Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, initiated the inaugural Brooksie Way Half-Marathon. The Brooksie Way was named after L. Brooks son, Brooks Stuart Patterson, who died in a snowmobile accident in 2007.

To successfully launch the event, L. Brooks tapped Deb Flynn as Race Director. Deb quickly built the event into one of the most successful walk/run events in the State of Michigan, with thousands of particpants and fans flocking to the annual run.

This Saturday will mark the end of Deb Flynn's 15-year tenure as the Brooksie Way's only Race Director.

In August of 2019, L. Brooks Patterson passed away, while still in office as Oakland County Executive. The current Oakland County team has made a decision to drop the "Brooksie Way" event and thus this Saturday's Race will be the last race managed by The Brooksie Way Foundation. Though Oakland County is ending the Brooksie Way, a third party may consider resurrecting the brand/event in the future.


Online registration will close on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 12 midnight, or when the event is sold out. You can register by Clicking Here.

All registrants will receive a bib, shirt, and a medal.

5K Run and Walk Registration Fees:

$34.99 - On or Before Feb. 28

$39.99 - March 1 thru March 31

$44.99 - April 1 thru May 20

$50.00 - Race Day

Participants T-Shirts and Medals

Packet Pick-Up & Race Day Registration

Packets and race day registration (if not sold out) will be available on race day at the Rochester Hills Municipal Park from 7:00 - 8:30 AM.

Race Start Times

5K Run - 8:30 AM
5K Walk - 8:35 AM


Rochester Hills Municipal Park

5K Course Map


There will be available parking at and around the Rochester Hills Municipal Park. We kindly ask that you DO NOT park on the lawns of the surrounding homes or along the streets where designated parking is not available. Please be advised, the Rochester Police Department has asked that no one park along the streets. Use the available parking lots.

Course and Amenities

There will be no water stations on the coures. Each participant is responsible for their own hydration during the event. Post-race water and food will be available near the finish line.


May 16, 2022, Rochester.Life Staff

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