Brooksie Way Half Marathon

The Brooksie Way Half Marathon

The Brooksie Way Half Marathon is one of Oakland County's premier quality of life events. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson began the Brooksie Way races to promote Oakland County and encourage people to become more physically active.

The race takes place on the fourth Sunday in September and passes through parts of Oakland University, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, and Rochester. There is also a 5K run that travels along University Drive, Adams Road, and then through parts of the Oakland University Campus.

Race proceeds support programs that encourage healthy and active lifestyle and are distributed through Brooksie Way Minigrants. In little more than a year, Brooksie Way Minigrants have put more than $150,000 back into Oakland County communities, touching thousands of lives along the way.

ARPSC Support

The Oakland County ARPSC has supported this event since its beginning 2012. The ARPSC deploys operators to specific points along the race course. These operators provide additional "eyes and ears", allowing the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and the local police departments to deploy its resources more strategically, enhancing runner safety and smooth traffic flow - which is always a challenge during a race which moves through three busy municipalities.

The ARPSC Net control station is activated from the Sheriff command vehicle, integrating the ARPSC with Incident Command structure and the Medical teams associated with the event. This allows the ARPSC to demonstrate its capability of deploying members in an organized and coordinated fashion and managing the communications between our members and the Incident command team at the event. The exercise also successfully leveraged permanent and temporary infrastructure.

An example

Prior to the 2017 Brooksie Way event, APRSC operators were briefed on items of cencern and what to watch out for. The forcast for that day included temperatures in excess of 90 degrees by the end of the day. Operators were advised to watch all race participants closely for any runners that may be exhibiting signs of distress due to the heat.

Near the end of the race, an ARPSC member noticed a race participant that appeared to be disoriented and in distress. The member called in the information to Net Control, who then reported it to the Medical team located about 15 feet away. Help arrived moments later. The participant appeared to have become dehydrated and was transported by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.