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

COVID-19 Update- Running is not cancelled & the park is not closed…we will be having a modified (virtual) race this year! 

Join us for an annual back roads run!



The 8th annual race will look a little different this year as your health and safety are our top priorities.  That being said, we will not be having a large in person event this November, but instead we invite you to run in small groups of family and friends, or enjoy the park trails & back roads in solitude during the first week of November! (At the park or in the comfort of your own neighborhood- please just follow proper social distancing guidelines and good hygiene)  Read more


The run will take place at Independence Oaks County Park, which is a naturally-maintained 1,276-acre park near Clarkston. (Or on the back roads or in the comfort of your own neighborhood). We ask that you please be safe, allow for social distancing and follow the rules of the park.  Read more


A half marathon, 10k and 5k will all be offered. 
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Post-Race Party

We are super bummed we can’t gather to celebrate the race like we normally would with live music, bonfires, warm mac & cheese and cold beer, but Union Joints will be providing a 20% off coupon for you to grab some mac & cheese (or whatever you’re craving!) post race.
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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 from November 1st – 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.”