Events


UPDATE: Run Tosa Run canceled for 2020

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.

UPDATE: The TETNA board regrettably has voted to cancel this year’s Run Tosa Run due to uncertainty about our ability to gathering for a race amid the persistent threat of COVID-19. You can see additional details of the cancelation here. If you were registered for the race and didn’t receive our cancelation email, please email runtosarun@gmail.com for followup.


PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED RACE DETAILS FOLLOW:

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.

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.

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, Mathnasium Wauwatosa and Shine Salon.

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


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.


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.


Make plans for TETNA’s Nighttime Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 26

TETNA’s Nighttime Trick-or-Treat will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 and is open to all blocks. Official participants must be registered TETNA members.

Each group of children (recommended 14 and younger) should be accompanied by at least one adult. To participate, come to one of our registration events at Center Street Park Pavilion, 6420 W. Clarke St.

  • –  6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
  • –  6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24
  • –  8:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Participants can renew their membership or become members at tosaeasttowne.org/join, or bring the form on page 9 of this newsletter. Our membership year is Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.

The cost to participate as a trick-or-treater is a 100-piece bag of candy per child. The candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed. The first 500 people to drop off their candy at registration will be given a reusable trick-or-treat bag (max 5 per registered household).

If you would prefer to hand out candy instead, come to registration and sign up, and you will receive a sign to put in your window and candy to distribute.

Volunteer

We also need volunteers to help at registration. Sign up here.

Teal Pumpkin Project

Teal is the color for food allergy awareness. The homes decorated with these brightly colored pumpkins indicate safe items for trick-or-treaters with allergies. Signs will also be available for pick up at registration.

House Decorating Contest

Register your house here by Friday, Oct. 25. All registered homes will be eligible to win prizes, based on the assessment of our secret judges. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed Sunday, Oct. 27.

Diaper Drive

You also are encouraged to participate in the Third Annual Tosa Tushie Drive. Bring a package of diapers and/or wipes to any of the Trick-or-Treat in-person registration times. Additionally, diaper/wipe donations can be dropped off at Tosa Pediatrics during Oct. 16 to 25. All diaper/wipe donations will be divided between the Sojourner Family Peace Center and Tosa Cares.


New coordinator sought for TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat

Pumpkins on ledgeWe’re looking for a new coordinator for our TETNA Nighttime Trick-or-Treat. If you’ve enjoyed that festive Saturday in October every year, help keep it going by taking on this fulfilling role for 2019, either as lead coordinator or as an assistant.

The outline of this event is already in place. We just need you to step in and guide this year’s planning through to Halloween fun, and the TETNA board is here to help.

Email info@tosaeasttowne.org for full details on what the coordinator role entails.