The race was founded by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and named for his late son, Brooks Stuart Patterson, who died in a snowmobile crash in 2007. Independence Township resident Leo Foley, who won the 2010 race, claimed another first-place finish with a time of 1:12:56. Shane Logan, who won the race the last two years, finished second with a time of 1:14:21.
"The second half is incredibly hilly, so I wanted to open up as big of a lead as I could," Foley said after claiming his trophy. "Basically the seventh mile, where the hills started, and I knew if I could maintain a lead at mile 10, I'd have the win at hand."
While weather forecasters predicted a soggy race day, the rain held off until late in the half marathon, just before 11 a.m. and after the bulk of runners crossed the finish line.
"It could not have been better," Foley said. "It was perfect weather to run."
Local tiesHere are the finishers from White Lake and Highland and their times in the Brooksie Way half marathon. View the full results here.
- Jennifer Schilling, 1:53:52
- Jodie Gordon, 1:55:52
- Jamie Clayton, 1:58:14
- Jamie Rodriguez, 1:58:40
- Pierino Piccinato, 1:59:41
- Emily Collier, 2:05:03
- Patricia Peel, 2:22:25
- Rose O'Bey, 2:31:02
- Jill Fife, 2:49:25
- Richard West, 2:52:51
- Ray Breitenbach, 2:57:33
- Laura Vogel, 2:58:48
Other racesJanet Mundell, of Clawson, was the top women's finisher in the half marathon, with a time of 1:21:55.
Richard Koenig of Oakland Township was the top finisher in the Brooksie Way's inaugural 10k race with a finish of 42:27, and Jeff Rizer of Franklin finished second with a 43:02. Nicole Monette of Royal Oak was the top women's finisher with a 44:09 finish.
In the 5k race, Sheila Lopez of Sterling Heights and John Cornack of Ann Arbor both crossed the finish line with recorded times of 16:31.
Do you know one of these runners, or anyone that finished the Brooksie Way Sunday? Give them a shout out in the comments section.
Patch Editors John McKay and Art Aisner contributed to this report.