When Your Two Favorite Things Come Together

By Ezra Chefitz, Class of 2015


Ezra Chefitz '15 with his sister at the 2014 FIT5K

Ezra Chefitz ’15 with his sister at the 2014 FIT5K

The FIT5K is my favorite part of the spring semester. Now in my last year of college, I am excited to run it for the third time (thanks Orgo test sophomore year). It perfectly combines my two favorite things at Rutgers: Hillel and running. Since my first day on campus, Hillel has played a huge part in my life, and it’s something that I constantly benefited from. I had a blast holding some sort of leadership position every year: Communication Chair on Mesorah Board (Orthodox Community), Peer Network Engagement Intern (PNEI), Holiday Co-Chair on the Hillel Student Board, and this year I’m the student coordinator for the Leadership Engagement And Development (LEAD) Fellows.


Ezra - running - cropped

Ezra Chefitz ’15

Running also became a big part of my college life, though I only started to get more serious about it my sophomore year. I currently have a lot of fun running with the adidas Garden State Track Club, as well as being one of the leaders of the Rutgers Running Club. I was the treasurer for the RRC. As an officer of the club, I was also involved in recruitment, engagement, planning practices and races, and various other things to build our club up to where it is now. During the semester, I run and race with both the RRC and aGSTC since there is a lot of overlap between them. When training for a season, I typically run close to 50 miles a week, running six days a week. The volume of the mileage gets split up differently depending on the day of the week. A week consists of three days of 6-7 miles, two days of track workouts, and one long run a week (with mileage in the teens). Basically, I like running.


My goals for this year’s FIT5K are to get a little better and to enjoy this unique experience. It’s not very often where you get to run a race which is made up of all your college friends. It makes for an extremely fun and relaxed atmosphere. I highly encourage all of you to sign up, and I’m looking forward to race day!


Nataly Weiss, Liz Binstein '17, Aviv Alter '15, Sami Brandspiegel  '17 and Ezra Chefitz '15 at the 2014 FIT5K

Nataly Weiss, Liz Binstein ’17, Aviv Alter ’15, Sami Brandspiegel ’17 and Ezra Chefitz ’15 at the 2014 FIT5K


Now in its 4th year, the FIT5K is a 5 kilometer or 1 mile run/walk held to raise money and support for The Rutgers Hillel Center for Israel Engagement (RHCIE), which is the first permanent, pro-Israel center on any college campus.

RHCIE is a model of excellence in Israel engagement, education, and advocacy on campus, and is driven by a core belief that a positive connection to Israel is essential for a strong, healthy Jewish identity.

This year’s event will be held on Sunday April 19th, 2015 in Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick. Registration starts at 8:30 am, with the FIT5K starting at 10 am.  The FIT5K is an official USATF race.

Please come and show your support!

Click here to Register for the 4th Annual FIT5K

Click here to Sponsor the 4th Annual FIT5K

For more information contact David Yellin at yellin55@aol.com or 732-887-0480.

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