By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jun 11, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Just because there’s no Bastille Days this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t do the annual Storm the Bastille Run, of which OnMilwaukee is a sponsor.

It’s just that this year, you’ll be storming your own Bastille, merci beaucoup.

That’s right, the East Towners are a very trusting folk, so they’ll allow you to run your own race, at your own pace, on your own schedule July 9-12, on your own route and still give you credit for it.

Sign up by June 15, so that organizers can begin shipping items on June 22 to ensure everyone will receive their race materials by July 9. Team members’ items will be shipped individually. You can also do curbside pickup at the East Town Association office from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. the week of the race.

First, register online. It’s $25.

Then choose whether you want to pick up your shirt and race bib or have them shipped. Shirts are available in Youth Small (6-8), Youth Medium (10-12) and Youth Large (14-16), as well as in adult sizes, too, because the famille that storms together, stays together.

Storm your own private Bastille between July 9 and 12 and submit results and photos here.

Please remember to run safely and social distance.

You don’t have to time your Bastille storm, because the race is never timed. But you can submit your time if you want to see how your pace compared with others’.

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.