Register now for Run Tosa Run 2016

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association's Run Tosa Run 2015.

Runners participate in TETNA’s Run Tosa Run 2015. Photos by Anthony Sell.

Run Tosa Run is a chip-timed 5K run/walk and half-mile kids’ run through the beautiful tree-lined streets of rtrlogothe Tosa East Towne neighborhood, with net proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The mission of the run is to bring residents together and promote our wonderful neighborhood while REGISTERBUTTONraising money for charity, and after the 2015 race, the Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association donated $3,000 in proceeds from the race to RMHC Eastern Wisconsin.

This is our third year in the current format, and we’re looking to build on the race’s recent success, with the help of this year’s lead sponsors, BelAir Cantina and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. 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.

5K run/walk at 9 a.m. May 14

BelAir Tosa BullThe 5K, sponsored by BelAir Cantina, 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. This year’s course is still being finalized, and we may pursue course certification by the USATF this year.

Kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. May 14

Children's Hospital of WisconsinThe kids’ run, sponsored by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, 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

You can register online at our registration page. If you require a paper registration, please email and we can send you a copy of the form. Anyone registering by May 1 gets our early-bird cost of $25 and is guaranteed a T-shirt featuring our Run Tosa Run logo. Online registration will continue at $30 until May 12. We also will accept race-day registrations for $35 with credit cards.

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.
  • All 5K participants can enter drawings for equally awesome East Tosa prizes. Details to come.

About our sponsors

In addition to lead sponsors BelAir Cantina and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, we’re grateful for the support of our other top sponsors, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, Camp Bar and Hue Vietnamese Restaurant. We will be adding to this list as we receive additional sponsors, as well as our promotional sponsors who provide our great race prizes.

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About the cause

RMH 3C Logo VertRonald McDonald House Charities 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.

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.

Registration opens soon for Run Tosa Run 2016

For the past two years, our neighborhood 5K has been steadily growing, with a beautiful course, 200 runners last year, some terrific sponsors, many dedicated volunteers and $3,000 donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities last year from our proceeds.

Each year, our goals are to bring the neighborhood together, to raise awareness of all our neighborhood and local businesses have to offer and to raise money for our charity. After two years of growth using a neighborhood-wide course, we’re expecting Run Tosa Run to really take off in 2016, with the race scheduled for May 14.

Bel Air has signed on again as a top sponsor and is going a step further by being one of our two lead sponsors. Our other lead sponsor this year, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, is helping to make our kids’ run even more memorable for our young champions.

And we’re getting support again from other returning sponsors, including Lutheran Home and Camp Bar.

The early-bird registration is $25 (or $8 for kid runners), and all runners who register by May 1 get a T-shirt with our Run Tosa Run logo. Our registration site will go live soon.

There again will be age-group awards, medals for the kids and some great race and raffle prizes provided by North Ave. businesses. We’re also working on expanding our post-race festivities at the finish line.

Mark May 14 on your calendar, and plan to join us to Run Tosa Run!

Holiday Social 2015

December 7, 2014
7 — 9 pm
Center Street Park Pavillion

Facebook event

Join your neighbors Monday, December 7th at the Center Street Park Pavilion for a Holiday Social and Cookie Exchange to kick off the holiday season. We will bring the park building to life with our most interesting holiday decor (feel free to bring yours to share) and a roaring fire to ward off winter’s chill. During the party, we will sample our treats, drink some hot cocoa or coffee, compare holiday traditions and discuss our plans for outdoor holiday displays.

The cookies don’t need to be fancy – just make up your favorite recipe, or try a new one. Get together with a neighbor and bake together. The more bakers we have, the better!

Here’s what you do:

  • Pick your favorite cookie recipe.
  • Make eight dozen cookies and bring them to the exchange. Do NOT separate or package cookies in bunches. DO bring a large container to take your mix of cookies home in. (Extra or broken cookies? Bring them to the exchange for nibbling.)

Here’s what you get:

  • A wonderful assortment of cookies – with the simple effort of one recipe.
  • A few hours to really enjoy the giving spirit of the holiday season.
  • Nibble cookies while sharing laughter and stories with your neighbors.

Not planning on baking but you still want to be part of the fun? No problem! Make up your favorite holiday appetizer or other treat to share and come socialize with the rest of us. There will be cookies to sample for all. Maybe you will be inspired to try baking one of the new recipes you discover. However, only those who bring cookies will be invited to take cookies home.

Please call Christina Piel at 414-257-2571 with any questions. Happy baking!

Oh What Fun! Trick or Treat 2015 Follow Up

This was our first year expanding Trick or Treat to all of the TETNA blocks. As with every year, some blocks get a more visitors than other blocks, but we expect to build from this year as participants continue to adjust to the new patterns. Luckily the rain ended in time and the fire pits were out in full force.

It sure looks like everyone had lots of fun! Below is a collection of photos highlighting the great night:

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS! If you have any great photos you would like to share, shoot us an email with a link and we will add them.


Help us plan Run Tosa Run 2016

Run Tosa Run 2015 starting line

Runners take off from the starting line of the 2015 Run Tosa Run. Photo by Anthony Sell.

You could say we’re biased, but we happen to think we have the best darn neighborhood 5K race around, and after two years of growth using a neighborhood-wide course, we’re expecting Run Tosa Run to really take off in 2016.

We’re getting off the ground early with planning the next race in an effort to increase the number of runners, improve our business outreach and expand the activities and attractions we host at the finish line. To make this all happen, we’re actively recruiting volunteers to fill a handful of key roles (no experience necessary).

Why would you want to help plan Run Tosa Run? Well, the best reason is to give something back to the neighborhood we call home, but we also raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin, give exposure to our local businesses and help bolster East Tosa’s reputation as a place runners live and love. (Plus, it’s actually kind of fun putting on a race.)

The race tentatively is scheduled for May 14, the first Saturday after Mother’s Day. The race committee will have an organizational meeting tentatively on Nov. 18, and then followup meetings will begin in January and be held monthly until the race, with much of the activity taking place in the final few weeks before race day.

In particular, we need people willing to coordinate promotions, volunteers, the kids’ run, equipment, the race packets and post-race festivities. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please contact race director Dave Paulsen at 414-399-0067 or

Promotions coordinator

The promotions coordinator will take the lead in developing and carrying out a strategy to increase race participation, including through printed promotional material, social media marketing, media pitches and possibly some advertising. Reaching out to companies to sponsor teams of runners is another approach we’d like to pursue this year.

Time commitment: All in advance of the race, with a steady stream of promotions starting by January.

Volunteer coordinator

This is one of our most important roles. The volunteer coordinator reaches out to groups in the community, such as Key Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to solicit volunteers for the week leading up to the race and race day in particular. The coordinator also maintains our VolunteerSpot for the race. We have needed at least two dozen volunteers in the past, but we’d like to increase our coverage this year.

Time commitment: Would require some time right off the bat working with the race committee to determine what volunteers we need, refreshing our VolunteerSpot page and developing a plan to solicit volunteers. After that, most of the heavy lifting will be in the final month before the race. On race day, the coordinator is the primary contact person for all volunteers.

Kids run coordinator

Our kids’ run is a half-mile loop of one neighborhood block. The coordinator helps prepare the course, ensures volunteers have medals to give the young finishers and is available if parents have any questions. We’d also like the kids run coordinator to oversee planning of activities that the kids can do before and after their race, such as face painting and crafts.

Time commitment: In advance of the race, this would require a modest amount of time planning activities and possibly helping the promotions coordinator to specifically promote the kids’ run. Most of the effort would be focused on race day, coordinating activities for the kids and making sure our kids run goes smoothly.


Post-race coordinator

This person will take the lead in expanding our offerings at the finish line, possibly to include vendors, activities, partnerships with local businesses and maybe a more elaborate offering of food and refreshments.

Time commitment: This will start picking up early in 2016 as we line up attractions for our race finish line. The race-day commitment would primarily be making sure everything is set up properly and answering any vendor questions.