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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.

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Sfeerverslag mei

By: Rixt Hofenk, at 09-06-2024 at 12:51

Everything used to be better. That's why the month of May began with a trip down memory lane during the Granny social drink. Checkered shirts, wigs and mustaches were conjured up to look as much like our grandfathers and grandmothers as possible! Being welcomed to the Tram with cubes of cheese and marie crackers made the evening just short of a circle birthday. The Vitalists, despite their rusty appearance, even turned out to be fairly smooth during the post-drink outing.

Fortunately, the Vitalis Grannies were transformed back into students in no time, because that did make NSK Meerkamp a little easier. High jump with a walker and the 100-meter hurdles with a cane does not sound like an ideal situation. After all, for two days the Vitalists competed in Delft for the title Dutch student champion heptathlon or running heptathlon. In the end, our own Jetske Meijer finished 1st in the women's heptathlon. Everyone did incredibly well this weekend!

There was not much time to recover from the busy weekend, because on Wednesday, May 15, the annual Vitalis auction was on the program: the Pr-Sponsorcie raised a record amount of almost €1200,- for Vitalis, thanks to all the nice items submitted and to generous Vitalists.

The weekend of May 24 the tents were pulled out again and we headed to Enschede for the annual Batavierenrace. In 25 stages we ran in relay form from Nijmegen to Enschede, followed by a party. It was another enjoyable weekend.

To stay in the relay atmosphere, May finally ended with the annual bearchase. In teams of 3, there were four drinks per person, followed by a round of running. In the end, 1/2 Gang won with the women, consisting of Suzanne, Tamara and Evelien. For the men, Wietse, Arvid and Finn won with their team 'De Bonpakkers'.

So May was another month full of sportsmanship and fun!

Monthly review april

By: Rixt Hofenk, at 07-05-2024 at 12:53

Spring and with it the track season has begun again! That means full Vitalis diaries for many Vitalists. In April we already traveled all over the country for competitions and in the coming months this will only increase!

The month started with the monthly drinks and this time Vitalists swapped the Vitalis blue for pink! Unfortunately, the pink Vitalis socks were not there yet, but still the whole Tram colored merrily pink and even Joop joined in!

The FeestCie did not sit still, because a week later another activity was scheduled, namely 'Ik hou van Holland'. This became a fun evening in the canteen with all kinds of games in the theme of 'Ik hou van Holland'.

The evening was not made too late, because on Thursday, April 18, it was time for the ACLO gala. A large group of Vitalists was present to see Finn van Pijkeren win the sports award for his performance at the NK Beer Mile and Marit van der Schaaf receive the award for sports team of the year on behalf of the RUG-Hanze Batavierenrace team.

Towards the end of April it was time for the first league race, this time in Ede. Both the men and women are currently 27th in the national 2nd division. So it was a successful competition with hailstorms here and there, but mostly sunshine.

In April, the First Year Committee organized their second activity of the year: an evening of Old Dutch games. It was a fun evening that started with musical chairs, followed by koekhappen, sjoelen, egg race and spijkerpoepen.

The WegCie also got to work in April: they organized the AV Run at the ACLO on April 24. After a nice 3.5 or 6.5 kilometer lap along the Reitdiep, there were quite a few Vitalists on the podium! It was another successful edition.

Furthermore, at the training sessions and at the Tuesday night dinner there were again many Vitalists to be seen, we hope to see everyone on the track again in May!

Monthly review march

By: Rixt Hofenk, at 08-04-2024 at 13:02

With the transition from winter to spring and from winter time to summer time, March also marked the change from indoor season to outdoor season. The month still began with NSK Indoor in Apeldoorn. With about 20 participants we colored the grandstand and the track blue. New PRs were achieved and debuts at the races. Also the 4*400 relay team, consisting of Diewertje, Fleur, Rosa and Rixt won a silver medal.

A week and a half later it was time for the monthly get-together in Tram 13. The theme was kakkers, so the hair was combed into a middle parting and sweaters were buttoned up.

On the weekend of March 16, the alternative training weekend took place at our own track in Groningen. The whole day could be trained and we ended with a barbecue and a pub quiz.

There was not much time to recover from this training weekend, because on Wednesday, March 20, it was time for the one and only FeestCie sports spectacle. There was volleyball, basketball and soccer. All in all, another sporting activity.

To continue on the athletic path in this month, we left March 23 for Enschede with as many as four teams for NSK Ekiden. They competed for the best team performance on the marathon with 6 people. In the end, three teams won prizes: 'Loopgroep Kech & Co' finished in third place with the men. Among the women, the 'Vitalis Women' team bested second place and 'Vitalis More Women' third. The day ended in pajamas at the pajama party. So, all in all, a successful day.

March ended on the 30th with our own Easter Bunny Cup, organized by the BaanCie. Especially at the 5000 meters Vitalis was very present, but also at the other events blue shirts were very visible.

So March was another successful month full of sporting events!

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