Brooksie Way Half Marathon
The McLaren 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.
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 has supported this event since 2012. By providing additional "eyes and ears" along
the course, this allows the Oakland County Sheriff's Office to deploy its resouirces more strategically, enhancing runner safety
and smooth traffic flow - which is always a challenge during a race which moves through three busy municipalities.
An Opportunity for Digital Mobile Radio
New in 2016 was the ARPSC's first large scale deployment of Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) technology through
a temporary repeater and various hand held units. As part of a first "real world" test, a club buy of TYT MD-380's was organized so
that members had compatible radios. In addition to
providing some streamlined operations (through automatic radio identification) DMR was also found to provide marginally better reception
than traditional analog FM UHF, and allowed retaining the main VHF repeater to continue to be available to the community, or
available for emergency service if the need had arisen.
Integrated with Public Safety
By integrating with the Oakland County public safety community, ARPSC was able
to demonstrate its capability of deploying members in an organized
fashion and managing the communications between members and the Oakland County Sheriff.
The exercise also successfully leveraged permenant and temporary infrastructure,
including the temporary vehicle-based repeater deployed along the course.
The Brooksie way will take place on the fourth Sunday of September.