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 warm 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.
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 20
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. 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.
You can register online at our registration page. If you require a paper registration, please email@example.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.
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.
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. Sign up on SignUp.com at signup.com/go/WSVecd or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Wisconsin, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, Hue Vietnamese Restaurant and West Grove Clinic.
Harwood Engineering Consultants
O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto
Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness
Rocket Baby Bakery, Cranky Al’s, The Nobleman, Tosa Yoga
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.