Run Tosa Run is May 19 — the most fun you’ll have on 2 feet!

Run Tosa Run 5k start

Runners head north on 69th Street after the start of the 2017 Run Tosa Run. The 2018 race is scheduled for May 19. Photo by Mindy Mays.

REGISTERBUTTONWe 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 four years, and in 2017 more than 200 runners helped us raise enough money to donate $5,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

BelAir Cantina and GRAEF have signed on again as lead sponsors of Run Tosa Run 2018, set for May 19. Online registration is now open on our RunSignUp.com page.

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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 19

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 19

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 is now closed. Race-day registration is $35 with credit cards only.

Packet Pickup

Early bird packet pickup will be from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, 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/KkWBrrJ 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. The prize list continues to grow and so far includes 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 2017

Run Tosa Run 2016

Run Tosa Run 2015

Run Tosa Run 2014


TETNA partnering with Cub Scouts to shovel snow for older neighbors in need

Shoveling scoutsTosa East Towne Neighborhood Association has identified a need among some of our neighbors for help with shoveling snow after winter storms, so TETNA is partnering with Cub Scouts Pack 155 to connect volunteer shovelers with those in need.

If you are an older neighborhood resident or someone who struggles to remove snow from sidewalks and driveways because of physical limitations, you are invited to submit your name and address here in our Google Form or email info@tosaeasttowne.org, and we will relay your information to leaders of the Roosevelt Elementary-based Pack 155.

Personal information will remain confidential and will only be used to dispatch scouts to residences. This is a volunteer service project intended only to help those truly in need, so please do not submit your information if you have no problems shoveling snow.

Pack 155 will be coordinating the volunteers. Pack leaders will dispatch shovelers when possible and may not be able to attend to all addresses immediately after a storm, so if you need immediate assistance you may need to make other arrangements. That said, we hope that this partnership will grow and evolve in ways that will provide a valuable service for some of our neighbors while providing experience with community service for some of our younger residents.


Vote for your favorite Tosa East Towne sign design

TETNA Sign Collage

Preview of the 6 sign designs selected as finalists by the TETNA board.

The new lamppost signs for Tosa East Towne are moving along. In October, we launched a fundraising campaign to fund the new signs, and released a request for designs. We received an overwhelming amount of support in both areas, raising over $2,000 and receiving 20 designs. We’re thankful to everyone who had a hand in supporting the project, and submitting a design.

Now comes the fun part – we want your feedback on the designs. We’ve narrowed it down to six finalists, which all feature a unique and creative design, that would look great in our neighborhood. We encourage you to view the designs and rank them 1-6 by clicking on this survey link. Part of the reason we are asking you to rank is there is possible we will choose more than one design. While resident feedback will be the most important factor when making our selection, the board reserves the right to make the final decision on the design(s) selected. Note that the survey is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. The survey will be open until 1/31.

We look forward to seeing your favorites, and will update you as soon as we have our winner!


Get involved in your neighborhood; learn more at TETNA annual meeting

TETNA board meeting

Scott Shelnutt of the North Avenue business Tosa Block Party speaks at TETNA’s January meeting. The monthly meetings are held in the Center Street Park pavilion on second Mondays. Our annual meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot. Photo by David Paulsen.

I’ve never met anyone who hated living in our neighborhood. Sure, we grumble sometimes about parking or traffic or maybe our neighbors’ peculiar habits. But overall, we live here because we’ve come to love it. And I suspect for many of us, a big part of why we love it traces to the countless hours of volunteer time that residents give to neighborhood organizations, such as the PTA, Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts or your neighborhood association.

With TETNA’s annual meeting set for April 18 at Red Dot, I’d invite you to consider attending and, more importantly, taking on a more active role with your neighborhood association.

Events like the nighttime Trick or Treat, Spring Egg Hunt and Run Tosa Run only happen because of volunteers like you, and the help you can provide may only require a few hours. It also might turn into something you look forward to each year.

We also are looking for residents interested in taking on leadership roles:

  • Board members
  • Board officers (such as treasurer)
  • Newsletter editing
  • Event planning
  • Scholarship review

And we’re always looking for new ideas. Maybe you have a few, about how to make our neighborhood even better. Share them with us and learn more at our annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave. If you want to learn more in advance, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org.


TETNA scholarship now $750; neighborhood high school seniors invited to apply

Know an outstanding high school senior in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Encourage him or her to apply for our TETNA scholarship, which this year was increased to $750.

Seniors in our neighborhood should apply by Feb. 9. Info at tosaeasttowne.org/scholarship.

Ricky Serrano scholarship

TETNA board president David Paulsen, right, presents Tosa East High School senior Ricky Serrano with a $500 scholarship check at the 2017 annual meeting.

This scholarship recognizes a student who best exemplifies the TETNA philosophy: “To provide a welcoming and nurturing environment and to maintain the quality of life and sense of community through shared interests and neighborly interaction.”

The scholarship competition is open to neighborhood seniors who attend public or private school, but only students whose families have a current, paid TETNA membership are eligible. For more information, contact the Tosa East Career Center or email info@tosaeasttowne.org. Email us, too, if you are a resident interested in serving on the committee that selects the scholarship recipient.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of our members and area businesses. It will be presented at our annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot.