Run Tosa Run

Saturday, May 16, 2015

8:30 am – Kids’ Run

9 am – 5K Run/Walk

Post-race Festivities: Food, refreshments and giveaways

Run Tosa Run is a chip-timed 5K run/walk and half-mile kids’ run through the beautiful tree-lined streets of the Tosa East Towne neighborhood, with net proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities. The event isn’t just to raise money for charity. We also want to bring residents together while promoting our wonderful neighborhood.


  • In-person Registration on race day, May 16
    • 7:30-8:30 am in the lot behind Voline on 69th and North
    • $30, CREDIT CARDS only
    • T-shirts available as supplies last

Race Route

The course spans the full neighborhood, from Roosevelt Elementary to Center Street Park to North Avenue. Runners will thread through the beautiful, tree-lined streets of the East Tosa neighborhood.

If you live within or along the race route, come out and cheer on the runners! The course will be closed to traffic (8:30 to 10 am), so be sure to move your vehicles outside the course by 8 am if you need to leave your home.


Kids’ Run

Kids ages 10 and younger are invited to participate in our kids’ run at 8:30 am before the 5K race. The kids’ run covers about a half-mile loop around a neighborhood block, using the same starting and finishing line as the main race. The $8 entry fee includes a race T-shirt. Course marshals will be stationed at the turns, but parents are also encouraged to accompany any small children who may need assistance in completing the run. The run will not be timed.

5K Run/Walk

The 5K starts at 9 am and will be chip-timed. Wauwatosa police and volunteer course marshals will be stationed along the entire course. Although roads will be blocked, cars will be allowed to cross the course when it is safe for runners. A water station will be set up at about the halfway mark, in front of Center Street Park. Realtime race results will be provided at the finish line by Absolute Race Timing and will be available online after the race. Awards will be presented around 10 am, after everyone has finished.

Race Central

The start and finish will be on 69th Street just north of North Avenue. In-person race registration, packet pickup and kids’ activities will be set up in the vacant city lot to the west of the start/finish line, behind Voline Garage.


If you are joining us from outside the neighborhood, we recommend using street-side parking on North Avenue or any of the side streets to the south of North Avenue. There also are a limited number of parking spaces in the municipal lot at 72nd Street and North.

In Case of Bad Weather

Run Tosa Run will occur in the event of rain. In the case of extreme circumstances, i.e. lightning and/or thunderstorms, the run might be canceled, with no entry fee refunds. We still plan to donate net proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities.


The 5K course takes in the full Tosa East Towne neighborhood, and we’ll need volunteers to fill a variety of roles, including course monitoring, kids’ race, registration table, water station, refreshments and post-race cleanup, as well as help getting the word out in advance.

Please sign up on VounteerSpot to help with the race!


Thank you to our Premier sponsors!

lutheranhome        BelAir Tosa Bull      CampLogo      hue

Other sponsors include:

Rocket Baby Bakery will offer a 10% discount to all 5K runners and volunteers.

Prize Packet Sponsors:

The top male finisher and top female finisher each gets an amazing East Tosa prize package that will include gift cards from BelAir, Camp Bar and Hue, as well as Cranky Al’s donuts and an evening at Rosebud Cinema.

And fast or slow, all runners are entered in drawings for prizes from these businesses: Tosa Yoga, Cranky Al’s, Rosebud Cinema, Indulgence Chocolatiers and Rocket Baby Bakery.

Race Packet Pickup

Please come pick up your race packet on Friday, May 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the building on the south side of Center Street Park, between 64th and 65th Streets. You can also pick up your packet on race morning in the vacant city lot to the west of the start/finish line, behind Voline Garage.

About the Cause

Ronald McDonald House 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. Ronald McDonald house’s mission is to ease the burden of families with children suffering from serious illness or injury. Lodging and caring outreach programs are available for families who have children staying in Milwaukee-area hospitals. Art therapy, dog therapy, a secret garden, and daily meals prepared by volunteer groups are examples of services and programs offered to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.


Email us at if you’re interested or if you want more information.

2014 Race Recap

Thank you to everyone who participated, cheered and volunteered on May 17, 2014!

After days of forecasts predicting rain, clouds or some combination of the two, the morning of Saturday, May 17, 2014 brought with it plenty of sunshine and just as much anticipation. We had been planning for this day for five months, and finally it had arrived. It was time to Run Tosa Run.

Our kids’ race drew about two dozen runners, many of whom also enjoyed the kids activities. We had 161 people register for the 5K, including 32 on the morning of the race. Of those, 155 lined up at the starting line. Men’s winner Brice Cleland finished with a time of 15:55, while women’s winner Kathleen Kohl finished in 21:02.

Absolute Race Timing provided an indispensable service, handling most of the race’s technical side. Having a chip-timed race helped us appeal to more serious runners, who were able to check their times immediately after the race and later online.

2014 Race Results

The Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association presented Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin with our proceeds, a check for $2,200! Thanks again to all our runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers, as well as the Wauwatosa Police Department and Absolute Race Timing.


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