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Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge

RBTS: Virtual Challenge Packet Pickup

Thank you to everyone who participated and joined us at the Pickup Event!

Even if you missed the Pickup Event for the Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge on Thursday, Aug. 27, you can still receive your participant swag bag!

Stop by the MPS Central Services building (5225 W. Vliet St.) during these time slots to pick up your packet:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 1: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 2: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 3: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 4: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

When you arrive: Please pull up to the Curbside Pickup area alongside the building. A sign marking the Curbside Pickup area will be located out front (see the map below for more).

Because the MPS Central Services building is closed to the public at this time, please call 414-475-8410 upon arrival to receive your race bag. Please remain outside the building in the Curbside Pickup area so a staff member can deliver your packet to you contact-free.

Run Back to School: Virtual ChallengeThis year, the MPS Run Back to School is going VIRTUAL!

We are excited to launch a new take on this classic event to celebrate the start of the school year, in a safe and fun way. The MPS Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge serves to raise funds to support MPS youth recreation and wellness programs across the district.

Virtual Challenge Details

The Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge will run from Aug. 3-27.

Registered individuals complete at least four fitness activities during the dates of the challenge, equivalent to 120 minutes (about 30 minutes per week). Any fitness activity counts in this challenge! For example: walking, biking, running, fitness classes, yoga, hiking, jump rope, and more.

Join our Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge Facebook group to learn about fun weekly challenges to earn extra swag items or get ideas from other participants about ways to stay active. Participants are encouraged to share how they are being active! After you complete your event registration, look out for an email invitation to our Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge Facebook Group!

Join us on Aug. 27 from 3-7 p.m. at the Wick Field parking lot (4929 W. Vliet St.) for a Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge drive-thru celebration, where participants can pick up their event bag and be greeted by the Run Back to School cheer team!

Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults (cost includes event t-shirt & swag item).


SCHOOLS: Rally your team and apply for grant money!

When schools have at least 25 people registered, they qualify for a $500 mini grant towards a recreation and/or wellness need at their school! The school with the most registered participants in the MPS Run Back to School: Virtual Challenge will earn a $1,000 mini grant towards their recreation/wellness programs. 

In the past, schools have used the grant for sports registration fees, new gym & sports equipment, new uniforms, and more!

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.)

RBTS Grant

Support RBTS!

Proceeds from the RBTS help to support MPS wellness and youth recreation programs. Here are some of the highlights of what’s been accomplished with funds from past events:

  • Purchase much-needed youth sports equipment
  • Opportunities to expand student participation in sports leagues
  • Support a once in a lifetime opportunity for an adaptive student athlete to attend the Special Olympics UNITY Sports Weekend in Orlando, Florida during the NBA All Star Game
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