MKE Runs is bringing back TosaFest 5K in 2018. After a one-year absence from the Milwaukee-area race calendar, we knew it deserved a rebirth and are developing a course that will continue the tradition of a hilltop start on Hillcrest Drive while ending at the new TosaFest grounds at Hart Park.
The race will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. TosaFest 5K has always been and remains one of your best chances to earn a 5K PR, with its overall downhill course, and the party at the finish line provides plenty of incentive to keep going.
Online registration is now open, and we will be kicking things off with special retro pricing. Since the race used to cost just $18 for Badgerland Striders members, we are offering that rate to the first 43 registrants (in honor of TosaFest's 43rd anniversary) regardless of whether you're a club member.
Registration will be just $25 through Aug. 8. After that, the price increases to $30, and last-minute registrants will pay $35 on Sept. 7 and 8.
GREAT RACE EXPERIENCE
In addition to a great course and a rocking finish line at TosaFest, each participant will receive a race T-shirt and a TosaFest drink ticket. The 5K will be chip-timed by West Bend-based Absolute Race Timing, ensuring your results will be accurate. And if you succeed in earning a PR, come ring our PR bell.
This year's race will start near the top of the Hillcrest Drive hill just west of 68th Street and then will wind its way west to Menomonee River Parkway and back east on the Oak Leaf Trail before finishing at Hart Park for a net elevation drop of more than 100 feet -- even more than in past years. TosaFest this year will be set up at Hart Park this year, perfect for post-race fun. The course map below provides an overview, though the final route is subject to change.
Please be aware that THIS YEAR'S COURSE INCLUDES A RAILROAD CROSSING to enable us to finish at Hart Park. That means THERE IS A CHANCE YOUR RACE WILL BE INTERRUPTED BY A TRAIN. Frequency of train traffic through Tosa Village is out of our control, however, anyone whose race gets interrupted by a train will receive a fun "my race got interrupted by a train" prize.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
The top male and female finishers will receive prize packages. Medals also will be awarded to top finishers in each age-group category: under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
OUR CHARITY PARTNER
MKE Runs is excited to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee to support its Wings of Glory youth track club. We will donate a portion of net proceeds to help Wings of Glory fund team trips to running meets around the country. Check them out at wingsofglorytc.org.
MORE ABOUT TOSAFEST
Check out tosafest.com for details about this year's TosaFest, which will be held at Hart Park for the first time to offer an improved guest experience. The festival offers three stages of music on Sept. 7 and 8, as well as food and fun for the whole family.
You can help us make TosaFest 5K a success. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info on volunteer roles or visit our SignUp page here. Each volunteer will receive a complimentary TosaFest 5K shirt and admission to the music festival.
MKE Runs welcomes local businesses interested in sponsoring TosaFest 5K at one of three sponsorship levels. Email email@example.com to inquire about sponsorship benefits and prices.