David Paulsen


Run Tosa Run is May 18 — most fun you’ll have on 2 feet!

2018 race start

Runners head north on 69th Street after the start of the 2018 Run Tosa Run. The 2019 race is scheduled for May 18. 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 18, being held on the Saturday after Mother’s Day for the sixth straight year.

The race has grown steadily over the past five years, and in 2018 our 300 registrants helped us raise enough money to donate $6,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

BelAir Cantina and GRAEF have signed on again as lead sponsors of Run Tosa Run 2019. Online registration is now open on our RunSignUp.com page.

GRAEF logo

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 18

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 18

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 15.
  • $30 from March 16 to May 1.
  • $35 from May 2 to May 15.
  • $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 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, May 17, 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 2018 events are scheduled for May 19. 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

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.comOur 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. Sign up on SignUp.com at signup.com/go/xXBtmFu or email runtosarun@gmail.com.

About our top sponsors

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

BelAir Tosa Bull GRAEF logo

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Additional sponsors

Shine Salon

Mathnasium Wauwatosa

Barre District Milwaukee

O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto

Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness

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 Nobleman, Indulgence Chocolatiers, Ruckus & Glee and Tosa Yoga. Thanks also to Metcalfe’s Market for donating water bottles for our runners and 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 2018

Run Tosa Run 2017

Run Tosa Run 2016

Run Tosa Run 2015

Run Tosa Run 2014


Consider helping TETNA plan Run Tosa Run 2019

Run Tosa Run start 2018New Year’s greetings to all Tosa East Towne residents and past participants in Run Tosa Run!

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is gearing up for another great race, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, and we’re proud to announce that BelAir Cantina and GRAEF are back on board as our top sponsors, with net proceeds again going to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

With preparations just getting underway, I’d like to personally invite you to consider joining me and our race committee in helping to plan this year’s race. We have a great team but are looking for people like you to add new life and ideas to the process. It’s a great way to give back and a lot of fun along the way. Plus, you’re still welcome to sign up and run the race once our online registration opens in January.

Please email me at dmpaulsen@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about our race committee, or fill out the (very) brief Google Form below to let us know if a particular aspect of the race interests you as a volunteer. Thanks for your support.


TETNA needs neighbors like you to volunteer now for 2019… Here’s how.

The end of one year and beginning of another often is a time when we reassess life’s priorities and enjoy the excitement of taking up new opportunities while letting go of some of the old. Resolutions may be personal, but even the personal can be community-minded. I hope you have enjoyed some of the contributions that our TETNA board and volunteers have made to the neighborhood in recent years, and I ask that you give some thought to making your own contribution in 2019, not with your money but your time.

The nice thing is that volunteering with TETNA doesn’t require a lot of time, but a little time goes a long way in enhancing our neighborhood’s quality of life, from popular family events like our Spring Egg Hunt and adult events like Taste of East Tosa to special campaigns, like our drive to add Tosa East Towne signs on lampposts in the neighborhood. (Those beautiful signs have arrived, and we’re working with the city to install them.)

So here’s the hard sell: Much of this good news won’t keep happening without neighbors like you stepping up to make it happen, and right now we need more neighbors to get involved. Start by committing to just a year of support for your neighborhood association. You can email me at dmpaulsen@gmail.com with your interests or questions, or join us at one of our upcoming meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Center Street Park pavilion. (The next is Jan. 14.)

One of the easiest ways is by joining our board, which meets to discuss upcoming events and ongoing issues in the neighborhood. It’s a great, no-hassle way to add your voice. No strings attached.

We also are looking for a new coordinator for our TETNA Nighttime Trick-or-Treat. If you’ve enjoyed that festive Saturday in October every year, then take on this fulfilling role for 2019 and help us keep it going for the future. We don’t want to lose such a popular event, so your time can make a big difference.

If you have a background in writing or publications, we could use your help producing our 12-page TETNA newsletter, which is distributed three times a year to homes around the neighborhood. This often is the first way new residents hear about the neighborhood association and provides timely reminders about upcoming events and other news.

Finally, Run Tosa Run is scheduled for May 18, and we now are forming this year’s race committee. If you are an avid runner or just a supporter of the event with an interest in contributing, we can use your help in one of a variety of planning roles. Some may require just a bit of your time in the week or two before the race, or join us in the earlier planning stages as we take a big-picture look at the future of the race, which has raised thousands of dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

And the best part about volunteering is you don’t have to do it alone. Take on a new role with a friend or your family. Along the way, you will have the support of fellow neighbors who love East Tosa like you and want it to continue to thrive. Join us today.

Sincerely,
David Paulsen
Board President
Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association


Decorate your house for TETNA’s Halloween contest

Think your house will be the spookiest this Halloween? Then sign up to participate in Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association’s inaugural house decorating contest.

Register your house with this form by Friday, Oct. 26. All registered homes of TETNA members will be eligible to win and highlighted on the decorated homes map available online. To become a member or renew your membership, visit tosaeasttowne.org/join.

Secret judges will be out from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday, Oct. 27, during TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat. 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.


Learn about the upcoming Tosa schools referendum

Residents will vote Nov. 6 on a $124.9 million facilities referendum proposed to address significant needs of the Wauwatosa School District’s aging schools. The School District is hosting several informational open houses in October, and all Wauwatosa residents are invited.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: 6:30-8 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School, 2435 N. 89th St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Hart Park Senior Center.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 6:30-8 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave.

Additionally, a Referendum Fact Sheet was mailed to all Wauwatosa residents the week of Sept. 17. Watch your mailbox in early October for a Referendum Newsletter with more info. You also can learn more at wauwatosaschools.org/ref2018.