On Sun., Sept. 27, food donations and fitness will be brought together at Chatham’s second annual Fit-to-Food 5K Run; an event that encourages those in Chatham to live a healthier and more active life, and also helps the Chatham Food Bank of NJ (CFBNJ) stock up on much-needed supplies.
The opening ceremonies for the event will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Chatham Club. The race itself will begin at 10 a.m.. The run is organized by the Chatham Club, which teamed up with the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Club for promotion and encouragement of the event.
Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers. There will also be individual age group medals given to those between the ages of 14 and 80. Commemorative t-shirts will also be given to the first 500 attendees.
“We decided to do this run as a way to promote fitness in the community,” said Barbara Grobart of the Chatham Club. She was heavily involved in the planning of the event. “We decided to do this run as a way to promote fitness in the community. Fitness and healthy-eating habits go hand-in-hand, so having a fitness event to raise money for the CFBNJ seemed like a perfect fit.”
This is the second year that the Fit to Food run will be held. Last year’s event was attended by more than two hundred participants, plus family and friends who supported the runners. This year, double that number is expected. Festivities included pumpkin painting, face painting, light food and beverages, great music, and a fun awards ceremony. This year, more vendors have been added, along with a photo booth, and an autographed Bruce Springsteen guitar will be raffled off.
The Bruce Springsteen guitar was signed and donated by the man himself, one of the most popular and well-loved musicians in the state. The guitar is a 1952 reissue Fender Telecaster. One raffle ticket costs $100, and entries are limited to 500 New Jersey residents. All entries must be received on Sept. 25, at no later than 3 p.m. The drawing will take place at the conclusion of the event. Tickets for the raffle can be found here: https://community.cfbnj.org/file/Guitar-Raffle-2015.pdf.
“Having the Fit-to-Food 5K Run to benefit the CFBNJ as an annual event helps to keep health, fitness, and the importance community front of mind for everyone,” said Grobart, explaining why the event became an annual occasion.
The main goal of the event is to raise donations for the Chatham Food Bank of NJ, also known as CFBNJ. They have been fighting hunger and poverty for more than 30 years through feeding programs, nutrition education, employment training, and food distribution to partner charities.
It’s not too late to register for the event – to sign up, visit https://www.chathamclub.com/fit-to-food-5k/. The run is open to Club members and non-members alike. There is a registration fee of $25; $22 for USATF-NJ athletes. Checks should be made payable to the Chatham Club.