When Your Two Favorite Things Come Together
By Ezra Chefitz, Class of 2015
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.
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!
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!
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