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  • 05/12/2017 12:00 PM | Sue Miller (Administrator)




    The 32nd running of the Komen Peoria Race for the Cure is 8:00 AM  = Saturday, May 13.  Volunteer help from the community helps make this huge event a great success.

     Volunteer help is needed for the following activities:

     METRO CENTRE SET-UP Session 1 - Friday, May 12 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. - Volunteers set up scaffolding, hang banners, etc. 

     METRO CENTRE SET-UP Session 2 - Saturday, May 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. Volunteers set up start and finish areas, hang banners, etc. 

     FINISH LINE - Saturday, May 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. - Volunteers provide assistance in the Finish Line Area. 

    COURSE MONITORS - Saturday, May 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

    METRO CENTRE TEAR DOWN - Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Volunteers take down and load all equipment throughout Metro Centre Parking Lot, at the start and finish line areas, etc.  

    To volunteer, contact Philip Lockwood (email: or phone: 657-2478).

  • 05/05/2017 5:00 PM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)

    Come help us cheer on all of the runners for this great race celebrating Cinco de Mayo!!!

  • 05/04/2017 12:58 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)

    Since 1988, Central Illinois has been kicking off the summer with the St. Jude Louie Louie Parade and River Jam in downtown Peoria with the sole purpose of raising money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    IVS has a long history of volunteering at this event, and we need your help to carry on the tradition.  We need 7 more volunteers to work one or more hour long shifts between 6:30 and 11:30 pm on May 26th.  The work is easy:  checking IDs and selling beer tickets, and you get to spend time with some great people!

    Please contact Jim McIntrye to volunteer or for more information.

  • 05/03/2017 5:09 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)

    The Steamboat Classic has been named as a finalist for the Best Race/Run in the second annual Best of Peoria!  IVS is extremely proud of this event and honored to be nominated alongside the Race for the Cure and St. Jude Runs.  Voting runs through June 1st, so please show your love for Steamboat at!

  • 05/01/2017 5:23 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    5/6 Lake Run 4.37m, 12k, & 13.1m

    5/13 Peoria Race for the Cure

    5/20 Blue Chevy Trail Classic 10k

    5/27 River Run for Wellness 5k

    5/29 Springdale Salute 5k  (Grand Prix Discount)

    6/3 West Peoria Jamboree Run 4m (Grand Prix Discount)

    6/10 Eureka Heart House 5k/10k  (Grand Prix Discount)

    6/17 Steamboat Classic 4m & 15k

    6/24 Lincoln Douglas 3m & 8m (Grand Prix Discount) (Registration Link soon . Check GP Discount Code tab)

  • 04/22/2017 7:00 AM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)

    Come to Running Central on Saturday and see what our Steamboat Classic sponsor Saucony has to offer to help keep you moving. While your there take a pair of Saucony shoes for a test run with our Run309 Saturday run/walk group!!! Spring has sprung, it is time to gear up!!!! See you on the roads and trails!!!!

    Please read the following message from Jeremy our Saucony Tech Rep:

    • I will have the Ride, Guide, Triumph, Hurricane, Freedom and Kinvara available for demo during the run or just to try out before or after the run.  Quick talk about footwear before the run. 
    • -           Anyone that demos or just tries on one of the shoes will receive some Saucony swag and be entered into a raffle for a $100 Running Central gift card that will be good for any Saucony purchase!  (I will purchase gift card). 
    • -           Post run I can give a group clinic on the Saucony stride lab app which is a tool runners can use to build a stronger body for running. More info to come.
    • -           I will also plan to bring coffee and have a cereal bar for post run. (not an actual bar…  the kind that comes from a box and into a bowl with milk).

  • 04/03/2017 7:00 PM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)

    Please feel free to join us for our monthly board meeting. 

    April 2017 IVS Board Meeting,

    7:00pm Monday, April 3, 2017

    Fondulac Admin Center

  • 04/01/2017 7:30 AM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)

    Come out and help us cheer on the participants of this great race and members of our running community!!! We will meet at the intersection of Woodland Ridge Drive and the RI Trail @7:30. Come on out and help us cheer on these runners and show why being an IVS member is so awesome!!! You can reach me via email at : michael.lewellyn   We hope to see you there!!! Thank you for your support!!!

  • 03/27/2017 1:39 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Run with Reagan 5k Grand Prix Discount Code is now active. Register Today!

    The next Grand Prix Race is CIAND 5k 4/8.

    For all the Grand Prix Races and GP Races with Discounts ($$) see:
    GP Schedule and Registration Links 

  • 03/10/2017 4:01 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Run With Reagan 5k and Springdale Salute 5k join GP Series with GP Discount.  RWR is April 22. ... Sandwiched between the Kick Abuse Trail Race, 4/15, and the Tiger Trot, 4/29 ... Both are GP Discount races.   Also on 4/29 this year is the Save R Sight 5k in Metamora.

    The Springdale Salute race is 5/29.

    The Interplanetary 5k, is also a GP Discount race, is March 25, followed by the Eat 'Em Up 5k, 4/8.

    For those who want to run a bit farther, the Potawatomi Trail Runs, 4/6 - 4/8, off 30, 50, 100, 150, and 200 mile options.

Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!


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