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.
It’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness
O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto
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, Ruckus & Glee and Tosa Yoga. Thanks to Jim Phillips for his great work producing our T-shirts.
About the cause
Ronald 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.
Run Tosa Run 2019
Run Tosa Run 2018
Run Tosa Run 2017
Run Tosa Run 2016
Run Tosa Run 2015
Run Tosa Run 2014