Join TETNA on May 16 for our 7th-annual Run Tosa Run

2018 race start

Runners head north on 69th Street after the start of the 2018 Run Tosa Run. The 2020 race is scheduled for May 16. Photo by Shaku Mays.

REGISTERBUTTONIt’s time again to lace up your running shoes and hit the streets for our annual Run Tosa Run 5K and kids run on May 16, 2020, being held on the Saturday after Mother’s Day for the seventh straight year.

The race has grown steadily over the past five years, and in 2019 our 300 registrants helped us raise enough money to donate $5,500 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin, with lead sponsors BelAir Cantina and GRAEF.

Online registration is now open on our RunSignUp.com page.

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It’s a great way to raise awareness of all our neighborhood and local businesses have to offer while raising money for our charity. What makes Run Tosa Run a success? It helps to have such a beautiful course, but we also couldn’t do it each year without our terrific sponsors and many dedicated volunteers.

We invite you to join us as a runner, volunteer, sponsor, vendor or simply a resident cheering on the runners as they pass through our neighborhood.
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5K run/walk at 9 a.m. May 16

The 5K is chip-timed by West Bend-based Absolute Race Timing, which scrolls results on kiosks and a monitor at the finish line and also emails runners their results after they finish. The course starts at 69th Street and North Avenue and weaves through the neighborhood between 74th Street and 62nd Street. View a map of the course here, and check out this nifty animation created by the City of Wauwatosa below…

Route map for Route #5 by City Staff on plotaroute.com

Kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. May 16

The kids’ run is about a half mile, looping one neighborhood block and finishing under the same finish line arch as the 5K. The run is recommended for children ages 10 and younger, and each young runner gets a Run Tosa Run T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. We also offer various children’s activities near the starting/finishing line.

Registration details

Online registration for our 5K is now open:

  • $25 through March 13.
  • $30 from March 13 to May 1.
  • $35 from May 2 to May 13.
  • $40 on race day, with credit card.
  • Kids run is $8 no matter when you register.

Packet Pickup

Early bird packet pickup will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the pocket park next to Rocket Baby Bakery. You also can pick up your packets on race day starting at 7:30 a.m.

Run Tosa Run kids run

Young runners gather at the starting line for the 2017 Run Tosa Run kids event. The 2020 events are scheduled for May 16. Photo by Mindy Mays.

Prizes and awards

  • Medals/ribbons will go to top 3 male/female finishers in age categories: under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
  • Overall top male and top female finishers receive awesome East Tosa gift baskets. We’re still assembling this year’s awards.
  • All 5K participants can enter drawings for equally awesome East Tosa prizes.

Some rules

Strollers are welcome, starting at the back of the pack. Not welcome are animals, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards or bikes. The race will be canceled only by  extreme weather, in which case race fees will be used as donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Volunteer to help

Our great volunteers are a big part of our success each year. You can help with race week preparations and on race day in a variety of roles, from packet pickup to serving as a course marshal at one of the intersections on the course. Our SignUp.com page will launch soon. To sign up in advance, email runtosarun@gmail.com.

About our top sponsors

In addition to lead sponsors BelAir Cantina and GRAEF,  we’re grateful for the support last year of our other top sponsors, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, Hue Vietnamese Restaurant, Harwood Engineering Consultants and Toshiba.

BelAir Tosa Bull GRAEF logo

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Additional sponsors

Mathnasium Wauwatosa

Club Pilates

Shine Salon

Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness

O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto

Ultra Fidelis

Promotional sponsors

All our 5K runners also are entered in a drawing for great East Tosa prizes. Last year’s prize list included donations from: Rocket Baby Bakery, Cranky Al’s, The NoblemanRuckus & Glee and Tosa Yoga. Thanks to Jim Phillips for his great work producing our T-shirts.

About the cause

RMH 3C Logo VertRonald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin will benefit from the proceeds raised by the event. The well-known charity is located on Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa, near Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The Ronald McDonald House mission is to provide a “home away from home” for families while their children are receiving medical treatment at local hospitals at little or no cost. The House is more than just a place to stay – offering families therapeutic programming including art, animal and music therapy, a comprehensive meal program, comfortable community spaces and so much more.

Past results

Run Tosa Run 2019

Run Tosa Run 2018

Run Tosa Run 2017

Run Tosa Run 2016

Run Tosa Run 2015

Run Tosa Run 2014


November is TETNA’s month to save at Metcalfe’s – again

Two years ago, Metcalfe’s Market chose TETNA for its “Give Back” program, in which community partners benefit when shoppers shop. We received $1,000 from Metcalfe’s through the program in November 2017, and the store has welcomed us back again this November, just in time for your Thanksgiving 2019 shopping.

The idea is simple: Use our 5% discount coupon when you shop at Metcalfe’s Market, 6700 W. State St., through Nov. 30, and Metcalfe’s will donate 5% of your total back to us, up to a cumulative $1,000. And the coupon is good for EVERY time you visit Metcalfe’s in November.

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is grateful to Metcalfe’s Market for choosing us as its community partner once again.

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Enter your spooky home in our Halloween decorating contest

Participating homeowners set the bar frighteningly high last year in our inaugural Halloween decorating contest, but don’t let that scare you away from entering this year’s contest. We’d love to expand the pool of contestants this year as we award prizes to the top three.

Register your house in Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association’s contest with this form by Friday, Oct. 25. All registered homes of TETNA members will be eligible to win.

To become a member or renew your membership, visit tosaeasttowne.org/join.

Entrants must submit photos for judges’ review. Creativity is a plus. Judges also will take into account overall scariness, though your decoration concept need not be scary to win. Selection criteria ultimately will be up to the judges.

House decoration winners will be announced and prizes distributed on Sunday, Oct. 28. Prizes provided by Fish CheeksCafé Blue and The Fermentorium.

And don’t miss TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday, Oct. 27.


Come to a TETNA meeting to learn more about your neighborhood association


Alderman Joel Tilleson gives an update on city news for Tosa East Towne residents at TETNA’s 2019 Annual Meeting, held at Tosa Bowl & Bun.

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association seeks to provide a welcoming and nurturing environment, and to maintain the quality of live and a sense of community through shared interest and neighborhood interaction.

We serve all residents, and any resident is invited to become a member, volunteer at our events and serve on our board. Our annual meeting is held in April, typically at one of the establishments on North Avenue.

Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of most months at Center Street Park pavilion. We sometimes take a month off if the agenda is light, so check this page or our Facebook page to confirm. The next monthly meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14.

The neighborhood is primarily bounded by 60th St. on the east, Wauwatosa Ave. to the west, North Avenue to the south and Center Street to the north, with a few additional blocks north of Center, from Lefeber to 75th. Email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org if you have any questions.


Taste of East Tosa is a night of neighborhood cuisine on Nov. 14

The popular Taste of East Tosa for TETNA members will be held again this year at Birch, the event space next to Camp Bar, and we are finalizing a great lineup of samplings from numerous East Tosa restaurants.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tasting is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and limited to the first 100, so reserve your spot today on our Eventbrite link. If you are not a TETNA member or need to renew your membership, you can do so at tosaeasttowne.org/join.

Taste of East Tosa is TETNA’s premiere adults-only event and a great opportunity to join with your neighbors, meet the TETNA board and celebrate all of the things we love about our neighborhood.

The confirmed lineup so far includes Tosa Bowl and Bun, North Avenue Grill, Wauwatiki, Cafe Blue, Cosmos Cafe, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, BelAir Cantina, Cranky Al’s, Rocket Baby Bakery, Ono Kine Grindz, Hue Vietnamese, McDonald’s, Real Good Life, Il Mito, Camp Bar, Ca’Lucchenzo, BB’s on North (opening in the former Irie Zulu’s former location), Indulgence Chocolatiers and Milk & Honey Liqueur.