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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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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!

Monthly review february

By: Rixt Hofenk, at 01-03-2024 at 11:54

February was a short month, although it was a day longer this year, that was dominated by Vitalis for many. In addition to the activities this month, training sessions were well attended despite the cold. The competitions are picking up, so training is becoming more focused again in order to peak in the spring at all the N(S)Ks, league competitions and more!

Besides all the training, there must of course also be time for relaxation: that is why the FeestCie organized a cocktail workshop at the beginning of February. Delicious Vitalist-themed drinks were prepared in the cafeteria and of course tasted while enjoying games. The Vitalists could make and taste a Strawberry Sprintz, Lil Speck on the Beach, Marathon Mojito and a Vitalis Blue Lagoon.

There wasn't much time to recover from this cocktail evening, however, because two days later 20 enthusiastic Vitalists boarded the bus on their way to beautiful Saint-François Longchamp for a very special altitude training trip: the annual Skitalis trip! For eight days the running shoes were exchanged for skis and snowboards. It was an amazing week!

Once back in Groningen, we could almost immediately catch up on this week in the snow and what the non-Skitalists had experienced that week at the Valentine's Day drinks! The Tram was transformed into a very romantic place. Love was shown through the rose action, where Vitalists could send each other a rose. Fortunately, for those who did not dare to do so, the Party Committee also had a solution: there was a real speed dating corner to maybe meet the love of your life.... It was a love-filled get-together.

February ended with the first competition of the new BaanCie: the BaanCie indoor jump competition. They competed for first place in four events: squat high jump, scissor jump, standing high jump and standing long jump. At the end, the participants were surprised with a classic beep test, which some received just a little more positively than others. In the end, Evelien and Rens walked away with the titles.  

All in all, thanks to the efforts of all committees, trainers and members, February was a fun and full month!

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