Brooksie Way Activation

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.

View of the Starting Line
Photo courtesy of the Brooksie Way Organization

Inside the mobile command post--Brooksie Way 2014
Photo courtesy of Jim Richards