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Welcome to GSAV Vitalis

Welcome to the website of student athletics association G.S.A.V. Vitalis, the largest student athletics association in the Netherlands! Vitalis is the association where athletics and fun are combined. From high jump to javelin throw and from sprinting to endurance runs, there will be a training group that suits you. In addition to sports, there’s time for fun: drinks, eating together after training, weekend getaways and many other activities.

If you have any questions you can always email the secretary ( or click below for more information about our association.

Summer trip

By: Suzanne Knappmann, at 12-09-2022 at 14:54

After two years of corona it was finally time again: the 'Ardennes trip' actually went to the Ardennes! After a long journey by different means of transport (train, bus, car and even bike) the travellers arrived at the beautiful group accommodation in Vielsalm. While some of them immediately started drinking a beer, others chose to first go on a run. This was the start of a midweek filled with sporting activities in the form of running, cycling and mountain biking, but also drinking beer, playing games and simply enjoying the beautiful weather. Besides the fun activities, everyone had to stick to the chore list so that we could enjoy the delicious food from a clean plate every time. On Wednesday, after swimming at a lake, the already legendary Kastenlauf was on the programme. The eight participating duos all received half a crate of beer and were allowed to choose their own tactics, as long as at the finish (after 6km) all the beer was finished and the crate came with it. The chosen tactics resulted in varying success; the positioning for some teams was sometimes clear quite quickly. A heroic sprint for 4th place ensued. That everyone had done their best could also be seen from the amount of beer that came out after the finish (beautiful photos of this on the site). Also the yearly pub quiz was a big success. Dirk had contributed with questions about American hits and Groningen train lines, which he had managed to put together completely without the use of internet, hats off! After a delicious barbecue on Thursday evening the party stayed very lively for a long time and even a new game was invented: Tikkietikkietik was introduced within the Vitalis circles. The next morning it was time to leave for the north again. The journey was long, so there was plenty of time to talk about the highs and lows of the week, and to reflect on Bart's fallen mountain bike.

Vitalis in the KEI-week!

By: Suzanne Knappmann, at 14-08-2022 at 16:25

Where can you find Vitalis during the KEI-week? On Monday we will be at the info market. Here you can find out everything about Vitalis: the promoteam will tell you everything about trainings, activities, the intro period and much more! Do you prefer to do sports yourself? On Wednesday you can come and try the long jump and shot put at the sports market! Do you jump the day record? Then you have a chance to win a free half-year membership. On Friday there is the hangover run ('Brakke brunch run'): the perfect moment to run off the beers of Keiweek, get rid of your hangover and get to know Vitalisten. We will run a small lap through the Stadspark and then enjoy a delicious brunch! We gather at 11:30 at the track in Stadspark. When will we see you this Keiweek?

Report NSK Baan

By: Suzanne Knappmann, at 16-07-2022 at 10:47

Written by: Suzanne

Saturday morning, 8 o'clock, the smell of lukewarm, sticky pancakes slowly spreads through the train cabin. Surrounded by mountains of luggage, enthusiastic but still slightly sleeping vitalists lay the perfect foundation for a beautiful weekend. Once they arrived at the beautiful Vitalis blue track in Wageningen, the battle for the medals began immediately. Several Vitalists started the weekend with their debut in the shot put, later on, there was also high jump, long jump, discus throw and bullet throw. After a refreshing dive in the steeple tank Rens managed to get the first Vitalis medal of the weekend at the high jump. With a new PR he flew onto the third step of the podium. The men of running group Kech fought for what they were worth at the reverse Swedish relay, but unfortunately, it was just not enough. Maybe you should keep it to the road distances from now on, guys.

In the evening, our bellies were filled with a delicious pasta buffet, not yet aware of the drama that would unfold later in the evening. Not much later, while setting up the campsite, we lost our beloved mascot Barbabenno to the brash barbarians of Dodeka, to our great sorrow. He is not the only one who spent the night in another tent, but of course we will not further comment on this. For now, let's just say it was a very successful party. In the bunker, people were dancing and sticking around fanatically, sometimes at the risk of their lives.

The next morning we woke up on a beautifully decorated campsite, many tents had been given a nice blue touch in the form of a Vitalis sticker. After a quiet breakfast, the athletes continued their way to more new PR's and medals. Wouter won the silver medal in the hurdles, while Roos missed the podium by 6 hundredths in the same event. There were also many PRs, including the triple jump, 800m, 200m, pole vault and javelin throw. Because the legs had not done enough after this full weekend (in which some athletes completed a real multi-event), we closed with a 4x400m. But what a great weekend it was! After some final pizzas and ice cream, it was time to go home again.

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