Monthly Archive: September 2015

Fw: Running for Clean Water

Fw: Running for Clean Water

On Sunday, September 27, 2015 9:54 PM, Dan Hoekstra <Dhoekstra@GRCS.ORG> wrote: Hello! While I know most of you, I have yet to meet everyone. Therefore, a quick introduction! I am Dan Hoekstra and I am blessed to be one of the cross country coaches (and teachers) at Grand Rapids Christian High. This is my 9th season at GRCHS and my 14 year coach overall. If I haven’t met you, please introduce yourself the next time we cross paths at a meet. I would love to meet you! As some of you know, I am running the Grand Rapids Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on October 18. The training has been going well and I’m excited to race in less than three weeks! While I still love to run and be competitive, my focus has changed a bit over the past few years (probably due to getting older) and I have felt the desire to use my running to help others. As a result, I am partnering with World Vision for this race so that I can raise money to provide clean water for communities in Africa. According to World Vision “Nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and improper hygiene. We believe the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetimes, and we’re focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every man, woman, and child in every community we work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. World Vision is the leading nongovernmental (NGO) provider of clean water. We reach one new person with clean water every 30 seconds. We work alongside communities so that they take ownership in maintenance and repair of water points. This results in water that continues to flow long after our work concludes.” (See more at: http://www.worldvision.org/our-impact/clean-water#sthash.GmE5QSdG.dpuf). I am writing to invite you to partner with me. There are several ways that you can help. – Please consider making a financial donation to World Vision. Every $50 provides clean water for one person. My goal is to get 27 people to sponsor my race with a $50 gift. This is one sponsor for each half-mile plus a last sponsor to bring me home that last 0.1 mile! This goal would provide clean water for 27 people in Africa. If you are interested, please use this link: http://www.teamworldvision.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.participant&participantID=41427. Of course, please do not feel pressured to donate. There are many other ways you can help! – Please pray for me, my wife Erinn (who is running and recently twisted her ankle) and many others who are training hard and trying to raise money. Pray for health, energy, excitement and generosity. – Please consider cheering on Sunday, October 18. Look for the people wearing bright orange shirts and then scream loud! The race begins at 8am. More info here: http://grandrapidsmarathon.com/events/half-marathon/ Thank you for reading this and for considering how you can help provide clean water. Please do not hesitate to email, call or text with questions. Dan HoekstraGrand Rapids Christian High SchoolScience InstructorTechnology CoachCross Country and Track & Field Assistant CoachCell: 616-260-9812Dhoekstra@grcs.org@dhoekstra78

Cross week of 9-28

Cross week of 9-28

Parents: What a great day at Gainey yesterday! PR’s and season’s best were plentiful. Check out the results grid on athletic.net and see what I mean. The meet went quite smoothly, although there were some issues with results. I see at least 2 people with missing times on our team. If your child had no results and you know their approximate finish time, please email me with that time and I’ll get the results edited to reflect it.  I do need to thank those of you who volunteered at the meet. We just couldn’t do this large meet without your help. Thanks so much!! We do have one more home meet this season on Saturday,  October 17. It too is a large meet. If you are able to help at this meet, please contact me and I’ll add you to the list.  Tomorrow is Monday and that means our morning weight session is scheduled. Start time is 7:15. Ends by 8:15. I hope your child can join us. We average about 30 kids each Monday.  Our only meet this week is at Otsego High School. Here are details of the day: Bus leaves at 6:45 AM from schoolGirls varsity runs at 9:15Boys varsity runs at 9:40Girls JV runs at 10:10Boys JV runs at 10:40Awards at 11:15 We are planning a longer cool down session after the meet with some strength circuits. We will have 2 buses back to school.  If your child has signed up for foot locker, please pay the $70.00 any time now. Checks made out to Doug Jager. We are nearly full on this annual fun trip. Don’t forget to register for the race at footlockercc.com  – midwest regional.  (Do not get the pasta dinner as we stay at a different hotel.) As always, we ask that you pray for the teams and coaches. We do appreciate it! Doug

Cross week of Sept 21

Cross week of Sept 21

Parents: If you were able to see the races at MSU Friday, you witnessed just how many great cross country teams there are in Michigan. The competition was very tough. Now, for the first time this season, we run an official race at Gainey. Both Wednesday and Saturday’s meets take place on our home course. Wednesday’s meet is OK White jamboree #2. As is the case for every league meet, girls all run together at 4:45 and boys at 5:30. NO BUSES to this meet because we are at home.  Saturday’s meet, also at Gainey, is the Cougar/Falcon at the Eagle’s Nest. We tri-host this meet with Catholic Central and West Catholic. Each school shares the work and money earned from the meet. Here is the schedule for this meet:9:45 – Varsity Girls10:15 – Varsity Boys10:45 – JV Girls11:15 – JV Boys11:45 – Freshman Girls & Boys12:10 – high school awardsPlease note the special Freshman race. It’s nice to see our “rookies” compete against only 9th graders. There will be NO TRANSPORTATION  to this meet. Please have your child to the Gainey by 8:00. Team members and volunteers need to park in Church of the Servant and walk into the Gainey. There is a $5.00 per car fee for this event. If you have volunteered to help at this meet, your job is listed below. It will also be posted at Gainey. Arrival time also listed:Parking helpers 6:45 arrival – Larry Borst, Michael Nelson, Dave Koetje, Todd KrauseCheck in and awards 6:30 arrival – Deb JagerFinish Chute 8:15 arrival – Amy Van Orman, Margie Krause, Jacquelyne KeriahoLead cart 7:30 arrival – Dan HoekstraHigh School course marshal 9:00 arrival – Tricia Nelson, Cheryl Murray, Megan Berglund, Sonja Robertson, Gwen Varineau2 mile clock setter 9:00 arrival – Ingrid NelsonIf any other still wish to help, please report to the volunteer station upon arrival. For all volunteers, please don’t miss your child’s race. Each school has several parents signed up, so I’m confident jobs can be covered while you cheer for your son or daughter.  Once again we have weights tomorrow morning at 7:15. We average about 30 kids at these morning sessions. With other teams also present, it’s a busy place on Monday morning! Parents, thanks for praying for our team & coaches. It is needed and appreciated as we progress through the season together. See you Wednesday and Saturday at Gainey!  Doug

Cross week of 9-14

Cross week of 9-14

Parents: What a great day at South Christian yesterday! For the first time in several years both varsity teams took first place. In addition, both JV teams ran great, each scoring a perfect 15 points!  We now turn our attention to the MSU meet in East Lansing on Friday. Our teams will be running in the elite division, reserved for the best teams in the state no matter what their division. MSU has moved the schedule around a bit so our kids will need to be dismissed from school quite early. Here are the details on the day: Dismissal from school – 10:00AMBuses leave – 10:15AM (Kids need to change at school)Girls Varsity race – 1:25PMBoys Varsity race – 2:15PMGirls JV race – 2:35PMBoys JV race – 3:35PMBus leaves for school 5:00PMWe are going to ask our bus drivers to be ready to pick us up at 5:00 sharp so kids can get back for the homecoming game. We will NOT stop for dinner on the way home.  The MSU races are at Forest Akers Golf course. Complete details can be found at playmakers.com/spartan  Remember to leave early as spectators will be shuttled in from another lot. This often takes about 20 – 25 minutes. Be prepared to pay for entry.  We will once again have weights this Monday morning at 7:15. As always we will end in time for a shower and breakfast.  Finally, we will have an optional practice this Saturday morning at 8:30 at The Gainey. (Varsity runners should be there.) Please park and meet in Church of the Servant lot. We will organize some sort of breakfast for after the run.  I know this is several weeks away, but will also be having varsity practices during the break October 22, 23, and 24. This is a key time if we hope to be running on November 7. Thanks for adding us to your schedule. Thank you for your prayers and support. Hope to see you Friday in East Lansing! Doug

Cross week 9-7

Cross week 9-7

Parents: I hope you enjoyed summer’s last gasp and are prepared now for races every week. Here are details for those races and other cross country items: This Wednesday we travel to Lowell High School for our first league meet. We compete in the OK White. All of our meets are called jamborees because we run against each school in our league all at once. We have 4 league meets taking place every other Wednesday. The first 3 meets are worth 20% of the title, while the 4th meet is worth 40%. All girls will run together at 4:45. All boys will follow at 5:30. Please remember, we will cool down together as a team after the races are completed. We will have bus transportation both to the meet and back to school after the meet.  Our second race this week is on Saturday. It is the Christian Schools Invitational at South Christians Athletic fields located on Kalamazoo near 76th street. I wish I could give you race times, but South has not announced them yet. I believe girls varsity will run at 9:30 or 10:00 with the other races to follow about every 30 minutes. We will be telling your child all race information when we get it.  Our long sleeve shirts have arrived. The kids will get them Tuesday. They are $10.00, but the kids get to keep them. Please have your child write there name on the tag for easy identification. Thanks! By now you may have heard about our annual trip to Wisconsin for the foot locker race. (I made up hand outs for the kids to take home.) For those who don’t know, foot locker is a national, regional race in Kenosha, WI. It happens the weekend of Thanksgiving. We charter a motor coach and leave on Friday, November 27 at 10:00 AM. We travel to the Comfort Suites in Kenosha. From there we take the kids to an outlet mall, swim, hot tub, and more or less have fun. We then travel to Parkside College to compete in the race and watch the high school stars from the midwest race against each other. The top 10 in that race advance to SanDiego for a final race against the best in the other 3 regions. While 90% of our team will not run hard, we will train those who wish to attempt one last PR for 2015. There is a cost – $70.00. It includes the motor coach, hotel, and breakfast on Saturday. It DOES NOT include other meals or race entry. To enter, go to footlockercc.com  Be sure to enter the midwest region if your child will be joining us. Please make checks out to Doug Jager as I have already booked the hotel and motor coach. Return time is about 9:30 PM, Saturday night.  The Cougar/Falcon at the Eagle’s nest is right around the corner on September 26. It is the first of our 2 large invites that we host. We need volunteers to work the meet and meet sponsors. To volunteer, simply email me back and I’ll add your name to the list from our parents meeting. If you or your business would like to sponsor these races, we’d love it. 100% of sponsor money goes to our team. To sponsor the Cougar/Falcon or the County meet is $250.00. To sponsor both is $400.00. As I said before, we really appreciate it. Just contact me if you’d like to sponsor.  As always, I thank you for your prayers and support. See you Wednesday!! Doug

Fw: Benzie Final

Fw: Benzie Final

On Sunday, August 30, 2015 5:48 PM, Laura Knapp <LKnapp@GRCS.ORG> wrote: #yiv3986321490 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}Please double check this in case there are glaring errors. Save me from wussification. 🙂 Thanks. AFter that I’ll send it to eaglesrunning.com Mrs. Laura Knapp”Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1From: Laura Knapp Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 5:44 PM To: Laura Knapp Subject: Benzie Final Mrs. Laura Knapp”Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 xls icon 082915-Benzie-Invitational.xlsx