GOATz XC Grantz

One way we’re taking the GOATz mission a step further is the GOATz XC Grantz for public middle and high schools in the Greater Omaha Area.

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2021 GOATz XC Grant Status

No matter what cliché’ phrase you use to describe the year that was 2020, I think we can all agree that 2021 is, to be cliché’, looking better and brighter.

For many teams the funding of even necessities is a challenge at best; and that’s when it’s a “normal” year. Now that it looks like sports will be resuming, we would like to re-open the GOATz XC Grantz to public junior and senior high cross country teams in Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge, Washington and Cass counties in Nebraska as well as Pottawatomie, Mills and Harrison counties in Iowa. One high school and one junior high team will be selected to receive $2500 toward their program’s needs.

Please feel free to read the history and thought process of why we started this program in the below ABOUT section. In the time this group has been together, we have all seen how the trails can form lifelong friendships, show new runners the joy of our parks/trails and help build the community with “Community Driven Running”. It is our sincere hope that we can assist you in instilling these things in your athletes so they will continue to enjoy the sport and comradery well beyond their school years.

If you have questions, comments or just want to start a conversation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Ron Ruhs 
President GOATz

2019 GOATz XC Grantz Awarded!

The GOATz are so happy and proud to announce Logan Fontenelle Middle School and Burke High School cross country teams are the recipients of the 2019 inaugural GOATz XC Grantz. Each team was awarded $2500 to use for their needs. We look forward to cheering each team on this season and hope to see them at a GOATz race in the future! Have a great 2019 season! #communitydrivenrunning



ABOUT the GOATz XC Grantz

(From previous President Amy Cherko on the start of the grant in 2019)

Recently, the GOATz board got together to take a look at who we are and who we want to be as a community. When I was approached to take on the role of President, I knew that there were hundreds of incredible people who have been impacted by GOATz in someway. Whether it was a passing interaction at a race or group run or coming to a trail clean up, you are all a part of this community. If you want to be a GOAT, you ARE a GOAT. No qualifiers required.

Leading up to that meeting, as I was paying a bill for our annual volunteer night, I noticed that our checks say “Community Driven Running” on them. As we sat down to discuss how we wanted to capture our mission statement, we realized what we thought we were missing was right in front of us the entire time. Three words that succinctly summarized who we are and what we are about.

One way we’re taking the GOATz mission a step further in 2019 is the launch of the GOATz XC Grantz for public Junior High and High Schools in the Greater Omaha Area. This is an annual grant program, and for our inaugural year we will be donating $2,500 each to a public Junior High and a High School Cross Country team. We define the Greater Omaha Area as the following counties in Nebraska: Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, Dodge, Washington, Cass and the following Iowa counties: Pottawatomie, Mills, Harrison.

I am so excited to be able to launch Goatz XC Grantz and see what our community can do. Your donations from the Gravel Classic and race fees from the GOATz Trail Runs in October and Hitchcock Experience in December will be supporting this grant program. One of the most incredible aspects of GOATz is our willingness to embrace, uplift, and cheer for those around us. I am continually humbled by the power of this community. If you’ve come to a GOATz race, you know what I’m talking about. Life can be hard, monotonous, and often painful. But come to a Monday Madness run at Swanson with Coleen and you will leave with joy in your heart that you didn’t even realize was missing. Come run Dizzy GOAT and you will have a small army of personal cheerleaders at the Motivation Station who will embrace you for exactly who you are in that sweaty, hot moment. Organize a trail clean up and ask for GOATz to show up on a Saturday morning, and there we will be with trash bags in hand or our own loppers. For me, the GOATz represent the best of who we are in the Greater Omaha Area and the people of GOATz are what sets us apart from any other group I have ever been a part of.

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