Run Tosa Run


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, Harwood Engineering Consultants and Toshiba.

BelAir Tosa Bull GRAEF logo

Print  hue_logo  HarwoodToshiba

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


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.


Run, walk, volunteer, cheer at Run Tosa Run 2017

Run Tosa Run 2016 finish liine

Runners cross the finish line of the 2016 Run Tosa Run. Photo by Mindy Mays.

We at TETNA look forward to spring each year, not just because the air begins to wREGISTERBUTTONarm and the neighborhood begins to bloom, but also because it’s time again to lace up our running shoes and hit the streets on the Saturday after Mother’s Day for the annual Run Tosa Run.

The race has grown steadily over the past three years, and in 2016 about 300 runners registered and helped us raise enough money to donate $5,500 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

BelAir Cantina and GRAEF have signed on as lead sponsors of Run Tosa Run 2017, set for May 20, and you can register here.

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.
Facebook event

5K run/walk at 9 a.m. May 20

rtrlogoThe 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. 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 20

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

You can register online at our registration page. If you require a paper registration, please emailruntosarun@gmail.com 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 18. We also will accept race-day registrations for $35 with credit cards.

Kids run 2016

Participants in the 2016 kids’ run turn a corner toward the finish line. 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, but you can see here what top finishers won.
  • 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.

Run Tosa Run 2016 course map

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/WSVecd 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, Children’s Hospital of WisconsinLutheran Home & Harwood Place, Hue Vietnamese Restaurant and West Grove Clinic.

BelAir Tosa Bull GRAEF logo

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Print  hue_logo  

Additional sponsors

Harwood Engineering Consultants

O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto

Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness

Shine Salon

Ultra Fidelis

Promotional sponsors

Rocket Baby Bakery, Cranky Al’s, The Nobleman, Tosa Yoga

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.


Run Tosa Run grows, gives back

Children take off from the starting line of the Run Tosa Run kids’ run on Saturday, May 14. Photos by Mindy Mays.

Children take off from the starting line of the Run Tosa Run kids’ run on Saturday, May 14. Race photos by Mindy Mays.

Brice Cleland

Men’s winner Brice Cleland crosses the finish line.

Hundreds of neighborhood residents and East Tosa visitors turned out Saturday, May 14, to make this year’s Run Tosa Run our biggest and best yet, with more than 300 registered runners and thousands raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

RMH 3C Logo VertThe Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association on May 16 approved a donation of $5,500 from the race’s proceeds, up from $3,000 donated from last year’s race.

Not bad for a chilly spring morning that at one point even included a few snow flurries.

The cool weather didn’t seem to bother the runners, several of whom were overheard bragging about getting PRs (personal records). One of them was our women’s winner, Amy Schlotthauer, who finished in 18:53. She was a repeat winner, as was men’s champion Brice Cleland, who won our 5K race for the third straight year. Cleland’s time: 16:11.

Amy Schlotthauer shows off her medal after winning the women's race.

Amy Schlotthauer shows off her medal on Instagram after winning the women’s race.

In addition to the 285 or so runners and walkers who signed up for the 5K, we had more than 60 young runners enter our kids’ run. And several teams and groups brought dozens of new runners to the race, with the group from Graef taking home our first team champion trophy.

The race is a true neighborhood-wide effort. Dozens of residents volunteered to help at the starting line and at the course intersections. Wauwatosa police helped block streets and lead the runners through the course. And Mayor Kathy Ehley served as our grand marshal, sounding the horn that started the race.

BelAir Tosa BullChildren's Hospital of WisconsinA big thanks to our lead sponsors, BelAir Cantina and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, for their generous support. Our other top sponsors were Lutheran Home, Camp Bar and Hue Vietnamese. Our list of financial sponsorships was rounded out by Ultra Fidelis, O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto, Johnson Cycle & Fitness and Shine Salon.

Promotional awards were donated by BelAir, Camp Bar, Hue, Cranky Al’s, Rocket Baby, Rosebud Cinema, Tosa Yoga, WauwaTiki and Performance Running Outfitters.

Timing for the 5K race was provided by Absolute Race Timing. Our race shirts were produced by Jim Phillips. We also had vendors for the first time this year: Gilson Design T-shirts, Legacy Gym MKE and New Balance-Milwaukee.

We’re so proud of our neighborhood for turning out in big numbers to help such a great cause, and we hope to see everyone on the course again next May!

Additional info, photos

Dave and Dana Wurzburger pose with their 4-year-old twins, Isaac and Abby, after the Run Tosa Run kids' run. Photo by Mindy Mays.

Dave and Dana Wurzburger pose with their 4-year-old twins, Isaac and Abby.

You can view results from the race here.

We have three Facebook galleries with photos from photographer Mindy Mays:

Kids’ run | 5K race | Festivities and awards

A special thanks to our race committee members: Mary Raebel, our volunteer coordinator; Jason Broadwell, who oversaw equipment and setup; race packet coordinators Adam Devins and Kelly Scheidemantel; Allison Corrao, who headed up our kids’ festivities, and Mindy and Ku Mays, who provided photo and video coverage of the event.

If you have any feedback on this year’s race, good or bad, email it to runtosarun@gmail.com. And anyone interested in joining our race committee, drop us a note and we’ll keep you in the loop when we start this fall planning for Run Tosa Run 2017.


Run Tosa Run prizes showcase best of East Tosa

Run Tosa Run prozes

Photos by David Paulsen and Anthony Sell / Photo illustration by David Paulsen

There’s never been a better time to #runtosarun: The potential rewards are piling up.

REGISTERBUTTONEvery year, East Tosa businesses step up and help us offer our Run Tosa Run 5K race participants some of the best winner prize packages and prize drawings of any 5K around, and this year is no exception. This week, we’re revealing a new prize each day at 5:14 a.m., a nod to our race day — 5/14.

To kick us off, we’re proud to announce another great pair of prize packages for the overall men’s and women’s winners:

Winners Prize Packages (2)

  • $20 gift card to BelAir Cantina
  • $20 gift card to Camp Bar
  • $20 gift card to Hue Vietnamese
  • Two dozen Cranky Al’s donuts
  • Two tickets to Rosebud Cinema

Prize Drawings

And you don’t have to be a fast runner to take home a prize. All of our 5K runners will be able to take part in a drawing after the race for additional prizes from local businesses. Check back at this link each morning this week. We’ll also be posting updates on Twitter and Facebook.

  • 1 Cranky Al’s pizza
  • A night at the movies from Rosebud Cinema (2)
  • $25 gift certificate to Performance Running Outfitters (2)
  • 5-class pass at Tosa Yoga
  • Gift card to WauwaTiki
  • 1 Rocket Baby Bakery bread card (bread for a year)

Rocket Baby also will offer a 10 percent discount to all race participants and volunteers on race day.

BelAir Cantina and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are our lead sponsors this year, and Run Tosa Run again will be raising money to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin. More info on the race is here. And you can register for the 5K or kids run here.