Expertly organized by the MAY Student Government, the event got underway with past G.O. President Yudi Gross sounding the airhorn. The run began in exciting intensity, as MAY Talmidim, alumni, Rabbeim, teachers, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, coaches, and friends took off down the Far Rockaway Boardwalk.
The preparation for this incredible 5K started over the summer, when the incoming G.O. board members began to plan the year’s events. The competitions, tournaments, and events they to enhance the day-to-day MAY Mesivta experience, they envisioned were focused on providing pure, competitive fun, while trying to also raise funds for the yeshiva’s many programs and scholarship awards.
“This is a perfect example of a healthy, kosher outlet that our Yeshiva prides itself in providing,” commented Rabbi Yossi Bennett, S’gan Menahel. “Our Student Government did a phenomenal job organizing this event. A big yasher ko’ach!”
Student involvement in G.O. activities – from the incoming Freshman class to the Seniors – is always encouraged as one aspect of MAY’s goal to build and nurture well-rounded B’nei Torah. Under the guidance of MAY’s Director of Development, Rabbi Josh Zern, the G.O. built interest and anticipation for the MAY 5K with incentive programs, individual fundraising pages, and phenomenal giveaways to make this an event to remember. Each registered runner received an FM Home Loans MAY 5K Knapsack, which held additional MAY-branded swag, including a dri-fit shirt (to which the runners pinned their race bib with number and chip tracker), a portable charger, car magnets, a warm beanie, and a Swell water bottle.
The run was a tremendous success, bringing in much-needed funds for tuition scholarships and student activities, while providing the opportunity to enjoy a meaningful afternoon of camaraderie and exercise. "It's incredible to see our students work so hard to help the Yeshiva provide scholarships for their peers,” noted Rabbi Zern. “It really reflects the Middos that MAY works to inculcate in its students."
Through the music, the cheering, and the pictures, MAY staff and alumni proudly presented finisher medals and trophies. First to cross the finish line was MAY Senior Moishy Zern, followed 50 seconds later by MAY 9th grade Rebbe, Rabbi Avi Schulman. “It was an honor to keep up the tradition that was started 3 years ago,” remarked G.O. President Shmuel Jacobs, who placed 3rd. “Raising money for scholarships, while enhancing the experience for our fellow students, is a formula for a great event!”