Waterford Bank, N.A. Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon & 10k/5k

COVID-19 Update:

We are closely monitoring the current COVID-19 situation as it relates to the greater Detroit community and evaluating every possible scenario for the 2020 Waterford Bank N.A. Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon & 10k/5k. We are still hopeful about seeing you at the start line in November and will continue to provide updates regarding this race as they become available. We wish you all good health and hope you are staying safe.

Join us for a back roads run and a great post-race party!


The 8th annual race will be held on Sunday, November 8th, 2020. This is typically a wonderful time of year for a long distance run in Michigan. (Registration opens February 1, 2020)
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The event will be held at Independence Oaks County Park, which is a naturally-maintained 1,276-acre park near Clarkston.
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There are three separate events. A half marathon run, a 10K run/walk, and a 5K run/walk.
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Post-Race Party

After completing 13.1 or 6.2, or 3.1 what better than a post-race tent filled with music, food and cold beverages?
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Waterford Bank, N.A. Backroads Training Program


Waterford Bank, N.A. Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon 10K/5K races are pleased to partner with Socially Motivated Wellness in offering a training program for all race distances.

Participants will be placed in groups depending on their pace, or the time it takes them to complete a mile.  All running and walking will be done with an interval method of training.

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About Back Roads Half Marathon

The 8th Annual Waterford Bank, N.A. Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon, 10K & 5K will take place on Sunday, November 8th at Independence Oaks County Parks. Same certified course as 2019. The course is a mixture of tree-covered trails, back roads of Independence Township, paved parks roads, wood bridges and yes, hills.

A note from our presenting sponsor: As of January 1, 2020 the Clarkston State Bank that our community has come to know and trust, merged into Toledo-based financial institution, Waterford Bank, N.A. This was done to provide better growth opportunities for our two banks, expanding our physical footprint, allowing us to offer more products and services, and even enhance our community support. Though our name may be different, we’re still the same great Bank and bankers who live and work in your neighborhoods. As such, we are thrilled to once again sponsor the annual fall favorite, “Clarkston State Bank Back Roads Half Marathon” under our new name as the “Waterford Bank, N.A. Clarkston Back Roads Half Marathon.”