MPS Run Back to School less than a month away

Milwaukee Public Schools is inviting all runners and walkers to sign up for the 5th Annual Run Back to School, a 5K fun run and 1.5-mile walk through Washington Park on Saturday, August 25 at 9 a.m. The goal is to promote the importance of regular exercise while raising funds for MPS youth sports programs. In addition to the run/walk, the event will feature a school mascot race, exhibit booths, activities for kids and a live DJ. The public is encouraged to register online at or call (414) 475-8180 with questions.

The MPS Run Back to School will begin and end at Wick Playfield, 4929 W.Vliet Street, Milwaukee 53208. Pre-registration is preferred and encouraged, but a walk-up registration table will be open from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the day of the run at Wick Playfield. The 5K fun run and 1.5-mile walk will start at 9:00 a.m.

MPS Run Back to School

2011 MPS Run Back to School

The fee, which includes a commemorative event t-shirt, race bag, and post-run refreshments, is $10 per adult and $5 per child. The adult fee will be $15 after August 13. Free parking is available at MPS Central Services, 5225 W. Vliet Street. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given to the top male/female adult and youth finishers for the 5K run. Every child will receive a participation medal. A hand cycle/wheelchair race will also be held at this year’s event; for more information, call (414) 647-6041.

Proceeds from the past four years have been used to purchase youth sports equipment and offset team entry fees so schools could expand youth sports leagues. Most recently, the funds were used to provide an MPS Special Olympics athlete with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the national Special Olympics UNITY Sports Weekend in conjunction with the NBA All Star Game.

“The Run Back to School is a great opportunity for students, staff and the community to come together in support of the health and well-being of our young people…and ourselves,” says Molly Barrett, Milwaukee Recreation’s director. “We encourage the public to team up, get moving and have some fun to help promote healthy habits that can last a lifetime.”

In addition to coordinating the Run Back to School, MPS provides an Employee Wellness Program (Learn Good Health, Live Good Health), offers a variety of physical fitness programs, promotes balanced dietary choices and actively participates in the Well City Milwaukee Initiative.

The 2012 Run Back to School is made possible with generous support from United Healthcare; Medco; ING; MetLife; Hays; Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare; CarePlus; Concentra; Aurora EAP; StayWell; ADP; NVA; Trustmark; Gabriel, Roeder, Smith & Company; Trustmark; WEA Trust and Milwaukee County Parks.

Milwaukee Recreation is a department of Milwaukee Public Schools, established in 1911 to provide the entire community with affordable and enriching recreational activities.

For more information, visit or contact Brian Hoffer ( at (414) 475-8938.