Half Marathon, 10k & 5k- Registration closes on October 9th
$30 – if picking up race packet in person at Independence Oaks County Park
$40 – if you would like your race packet mailed to you by Nov. 1st (will be mailed to the address you register with)
Registration will not be accepted after October 9th to allow for enough time to order shirts and bibs & distribute- NO EXCEPTIONS!
In person pick up will be:
Saturday, October 24th from 9 – 11am
Sunday, November 1st from 9 – 11am
(Pick up will be in the parking lot at Independence Oaks County Park near the Twin Chimneys Shelter)

How does the race work this year?

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- or really, whenever works for you! (At the park or in the comfort of your own neighborhood. Please be sure to follow proper social distancing guidelines, good hygiene and the rules of the park)

What do you get with Registration?

  • An awesome Back Roads long sleeve tech shirt (guaranteed if registered by 7 a.m. on October 9th). Unisex shirt sizes include S, M, L, XL, and 2XL. ($1.50 charge extra for 2XL) Youth unisex sizes include S, M, L, and XL.
  • An official race bib
  • A 20% off coupon to Union Joints restaurants- good for the runner’s meal. (excluding alcohol) valid for 30 days post race.
  • The warm fuzzies knowing you are supporting 3 of our favorite charities (DRAW, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital & The Jen Phyle Scholarship)
  • The chance to win gift cards to Runnin’ Gear, Amazon, Union Joints restaurants and maybe a few others!

Post Race Fun

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.

Also, while you’re at Independence Oaks County Park running your race, (or in the comfort of your own neighborhood) snap a photo at the start, finish or while you are on the course and later post it to our Facebook event page.

On the evening of Sunday, November 8th, when we should all be home recovering from what would normally be “race day” we will jump on Facebook and do a drawing for everyone that registered and posted a photo throughout the week. We will give out gift cards to Runnin’ Gear, Amazon, Union Joints restaurants and more!


Unfortunately there will not be any official race awards this year.


Please click here for the Half Marathon, 10k & 5k Course Map. at Independence Oaks County Park. You are also welcome to run your own race route through the park, back roads or your own neighborhood.


Entry fee is the standard daily rate unless you have a yearly park pass, then it’s free. Park attendants will be available to sell annual and day passes.

Waterford Bank, N.A. Clarkston Back Roads Training Program

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

All programs will meet once a week.  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.

Running groups will run for a couple of … Read More

Oakland County Parks Pass

Available now, click here.
Please note: This purchase is separate and supports Oakland County Parks and allows you park entrance throughout the entire year.
The pass will be mailed to your home address.