Monthly Archive: August 2017

Cross week of 8-21

Cross week of 8-21

    We have a busy week in cross country, with special things happening nearly every day. Here are those things:
    On Monday we have our first yoga session. Kids need to be at the Quest by 7:00AM for the class. We will be done by 8:15, leaving time to shower and eat breakfast. They need to wear comfortable cloths and running shoes. 
    Tuesday the girls will get their uniform and sweats. Each person is responsible for all school issued items. Please stress with your child the importance of taking care of his uniform. The boys will get their uniform and sweats on Thursday.
    Wednesday is our annual alumni race. The race takes place at our home course at the Gainey Fields on East Paris. The kids need to find their own ride to this event. They need to be to the Gainey by 4:30 to walk the course and warm up. The race begins at 6:00. Think you can beat your child in a 5K? Then lace em up and go toe to toe. For this race, all family, friends, or alumni may race along side the Eagles. Please plan on a brief parents meeting right after the race, at about 6:45. Meet near the concession stand. 
    Thursday is a shoe buying event at Gazelle Sports on 28th street. Our team will get 15% off all training shoes and 20% off all spikes. Gazelle usually puts out some free stuff as well as snacks too. The special prices go from 6-9PM Thursday night. If you need shoes, this is a great price with assistance from a knowledgable staff. 
    On Saturday we travel to Benzie High School for our first official race of the season. We will be traveling to this race by motor coach. We will leave from High School at 5:45AM. I know it’s early, but kids can sleep on the bus. For those that live on the north side, we will stop at the Post Drive exit on 131 about 6:10AM to pick you up. Please be sure your child is on time. Even with the early departure, we need to hustle to get there on time. Following the races and awards, we will travel to Frankfort to spend a few hours at the beach. The town has several nice restaurants for the kids to grab lunch, so please be sure to send some money along. Also, don’t forget a swim suit, towel, and change of cloths. For those still wanting more after the alumni race, Benzie offers an open race at 8:00AM. Here are the race times for our kids:
Girls varsity – 10:10 AM
Boys varsity – 10:45 AM
Girls JV – 11:15 AM
Boys JV – Noon
Awards – 12:45PM
    Finally, two items. The first is a brochure for the Super Eagle 5K. This event takes place on September 16 and benefits our middle school. Our team will be helping some at the meet, but some of you may want to run. All information regarding volunteering and registration can be found at  
    The second item is the attached article written by Dr Kornoelje having to do with low ferritin and other blood issues. I really recommend your child get tested for low ferritin/iron. The effect of low ferritin on a runner is dramatic. I estimate most girls, and some boys, should be taking an iron supplement. However, the only way to find out is by a simple blood test. If you have any questions, please ask Dr. K. 
    Please continue to pray for us all season. Thanks!! Doug
Cross week of 8-14

Cross week of 8-14

    Just a brief note this week as we don’t have a lot of new things to inform you. 
    We had a great start to our season with both attitude and effort. I’m very excited to see our teams develop over the fall. We had team pictures scheduled for Tuesday, but have changed it to Monday because Freshmen have a conflict on Tuesday. Please have your child wear their camp shirt to practice tomorrow or a shirt as close to kelly green as possible. One other note on pictures, I forgot to hand out the picture order forms at practice, so if you’d like an individual shot of your child, packages range from $15-$40 and individual pictures range from $4 to $20. If interested, please send $$ along with your chid tomorrow. 
    As you know, Wednesday is the first day of school. All of our practices will then start at 3:00PM and end at 5:15PM. Please make sure your child is communicating any time they need to miss practice or will be late. I do take attendance every day. 
    Just a few reminders for next week – yoga will begin next Monday at 7:00AM and will go each Monday morning through October, except for Labor Day. Next Wednesday, August 23 at 6:00PM is our annual Alumni Race. Next week Saturday, August 26 is our first official race at Benzie High School in Northern Michigan. More details on each next week. 
    That’s it for this week. Thanks for your prayers and support, Doug
Cross week of 8-7-17

Cross week of 8-7-17

Parents:     It’s hard to believe, but official practices are right around the corner. Our first official cross country practice is Wednesday, August 9 at 8:00AM to 10:15AM. We meet at the entrance to the stadium. We will continue to meet at 8:00AM until school begins. Then we will move to after school, at 3:00PM to 5:15PM. Starting Wednesday, all practices are mandatory unless they have talked to me ahead of time. All athletes must have a passed physical on file at school to participate in any high school sport. If you still need to take care of this detail, there are several walk up clinics in GR where sports physicals can happen without an appointment. Without a physical, I will need to send your child home. PLEASE have this done before Wednesday.  As you are aware, our school starts late on Monday mornings. Because of this, most sports have some type of strength training for their team on Monday before school. We are no exception. Beginning August 21, we will have team yoga in the cheer room off the Quest gym. We think this strength building is a very valuable thing to add to our team.  We will start at 7:00AM and end at 8:15AM, giving kids plenty of time to shower and eat breakfast.  Our annual kick off to the racing season is our alumni run at the Gainey. We allow anybody to race along side the eagle team in this rather informal event. The race is slated for Wednesday, August 23 at 6:00PM. As always, we will have a parent meeting 15 minutes after the last runner crosses the line.  The very next night, on Thursday, August 24, we will have a team shoe buying event at Gazelle Sports. It lasts from 6-9PM. Gazelle will offer 15% off all training shoes and 20% off all spikes. Just mention you are with GR Christian. In addition, they usually have free t-shirts, special colored shoe laces, and snacks to munch on. So if you need new running shoes, this is a great time to buy them. Our first official race is Saturday, August 26 in Benzie, Michigan. More details to follow, but we take the team to the beach in Frankfort after the race for a fun afternoon.  We have one race date change already. The OK gold meet hosted by Wyoming on October 4, has been changed to Tuesday, October 3. Please make sure you take note of that change. (Although this change is still not reflected on Speaking of  please remember all times will show up here for every race. You can track anyone’s progress and run hypothetical meets. It’s real easy to waste a lot of time here, so beware! It’s very exciting to begin a new season again. We’ve had good numbers all summer with kids training and a great camp about 10 days ago. Thank you for your commitment to our team. Could I ask that you pray for us all season? We really appreciate your partnership in this way. If you need to ever reach me, my phone is (616)723-6345. Thanks,  Doug