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Register for the 14th annual MPS Run Back to School!

Run Back to SchoolCelebrate the start of the 2021-22 school year with Milwaukee Recreation at the 14th annual MPS Run Back to School!

Join us for this 5K run/1.5-mile walk through Washington Park. Proceeds support MPS wellness and youth recreation programs.

Event Information

  • Date: Saturday, Aug. 28
  • Start Time: 9 a.m.
  • Start & Finish Line: Wick Playfield (park in the lot next door, behind the MPS Central Services building: 5225 W. Vliet St.)
  • Cost: $5 for youth/$15 for adults ($20 for adults after Aug. 12)
  • Register Here!

Fee includes an event t-shirt and race bag.

Following the success of the 2020 Virtual Challenge, this year's event will feature several virtual elements in the lead-up to the in-person race! Registrants can join Milwaukee Recreation's Wellness Community Facebook Group to participate in the challenges, post photos, and join the conversation with fellow participants! There will be four total challenges, with the first one beginning on Aug. 1. Stay tuned to this page for more information on the specific challenges!

Schools can receive up to $1,000 in grants by forming an RBTS team!

Run Back to SchoolMake sure you rally your team for the MPS Run Back to School race and apply for a grant for your school!

Not only will you help kick off the 2021-22 school year with hundreds of local MPS supporters, school communities with at least 25 registered participants are eligible for a $500 grant to support a sport or wellness need in their school! The school with the most registered participants is eligible for a $1,000 grant to support a sport or wellness need in their school! Anyone from the community can join a school team. After the race, school teams who met the minimum participant requirement will need to fill out a form that states how the funds will be used in order to receive the grant.

In the past, schools have used the grant funds for: 

  • new gym and sports equipment
  • new uniforms
  • sports registration fees
  • rental of the Wacky Wheels Skate Van for its students

Nominate a team captain for your school and start your team today! (To sign up for a team, make sure you specify your school during the registration process after you add the race to your cart.)

If your team signs up at least 25 people before Aug. 12, your team can pick the color of the team RBTS shirt.


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