Thank you to everyone who participated, cheered and volunteered on May 17, 2014!
The Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association recently 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.
After days of forecasts predicting rain, clouds or some combination of the two, the morning of Saturday, May 17, 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.
Jason Broadwell was out early, setting up the tents in the vacant city lot behind Voline. After printing out some registration forms, Race Coordinator Dave Paulsen showed up a little later and helped with the setup, as did Joanne Borchert, the Volunteer Coordinator. It was a glorious morning, and a perfect setting for an event that ended up a humble success by all accounts.
In the beginning, we all weren’t quite sure what we were getting into. Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association had been involved in 5K races before, including the last incarnation of Run Tosa Run, in September 2012. But we were a new crew of volunteers with no experience putting on a race and only the minimum window of time to get organized.
The pieces quickly started falling into place. Lutheran Home, a past sponsor of neighborhood races and many other East Tosa events, signed on as the first and largest sponsor of Run Tosa Run. We also received key support from Bel Air and Red Dot, as well as Rosencutter Ultra Fitness & Performance and Ultra Fidelis, another past supporter. O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto and Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness also gave money. Other sponsors contributed to our prize packages: Cranky Al’s, Rocket Baby Bakery, Rosebud Cinema, Tosa Yoga and Juniper 61.
With sponsors on board, we still had a race to plan. We decided to go a bit bigger than in previous years, sketching a course that took in the full neighborhood, from Roosevelt Elementary to Center Street Park to North Avenue. It was clear from the start that the expanded course would pose a challenge, with more intersections to be blocked, but we received key support from Wauwatosa police, in particular Lt. Paul Leist and Sgt. Brad Beckman.
Absolute Race Timing also provided an indispensable service, handling most of the race’s technical side, and Jodi Brandt offered guidance on best practices. 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.
The biggest surprise was the weather, which was perfect, and volunteers came out in big numbers to help on race day.
Our kids race drew about two dozen runners, many of whom also enjoyed the kids activities provided by Nicole Hanewell, Liz Paulsen and their band of volunteers. 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.
We’re looking forward to organizing Run Tosa Run 2015. Anyone interested in getting involved should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our sponsors!
- The Lutheran Home
- BelAir Cantina
- Rosencutter Ultimate Fitness and Performance
- Ultra Fidelis
- Red Dot Tosa
- O’Gorman’s West Towne Auto
- Johnson’s Cycle & Fitness
Awards and Prizes
The top male and top female finisher received East Tosa gift baskets, and a raffle was drawn for other prizes, courtesy of:
All Run Tosa Run participants received 10 percent off at Rocket Baby Bakery on race day.
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.