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  • 02/11/2017 8:31 AM | Jason Young (Administrator)


    Sunday, February 19th, 2–4 pm

    All members are invited to join us for our Annual Meeting and awards banquet to be held Sunday, February 19th from 2–4 pm at the Contemporary Art Center, 305 SW Water St.

    We will hold elections of the board of directors. Members will also have a chance to nominate additional board members at the meeting.

    IVS Grand Prix series and IVS annual awards will be presented.

    POTLUCK - please bring a dish to share. Plates, silverware, napkins and beverages will be provided. 

  • 02/11/2017 8:25 AM | Jason Young (Administrator)

  • 01/21/2017 10:17 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Completely NEW Training programs for 2017!

    The goal of Running Central, the Illinois Valley Striders, and ShaZam Racing is to continue to push ourselves to provide the highest quality of training programs for the whole community. Consequently, we are excited to introduce our entirely revamped training program platform for 2017!!!!

    This NEW robust series of training programs provide quality and relevant coaching in order to nurture, support, and inspire people of all ages and abilities to improve their overall health and wellness. That is why we are broadening the scope and increasing the number and frequency of training programs. Consequently, these programs will be more relevant and specific to your individual goals and personal availability.

    This series of training programs is designed to provide participants with a systematic series of programs. Having a systematic and progressive program structure will provide participants a chance to “graduate” to the next level of training in order to accomplish new and exciting goals!  Therefore, we are offering the community a 4-Tier training platform that cycles throughout the year.

    More Information

  • 01/05/2017 12:51 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    The Frosty 5k, Jan 28, and the Interplanetary 5k, March 25, are the first two GP Series Race discounts, exclusively available to IVS Grand Prix Series participants, available to for 2017.  Sign up for the 2017 Grand Prix Series NOW to use these money saving race discounts.  

    Be sure to join the party at the Big Hill, Big Chill fun run, january 21, at Kuchies on the Waterfront in Creve Coeur.  Come run, or volunteer, and enjoy the after PARTY!   Details and registration soon.

  • 12/14/2016 4:22 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    2017 IVS Grand Prix Series registration is now open.   Register now to receive the 2017 Frosty 5k GP Discount.  Click on the Events tab to register.  The 2017 GP Discount Codes are viewable through the Members tab, to registered 2017 Grand Prix Participants with current IVS membership status. 

    The 2017 Grand Prix Schedule and information spreadsheet is on line at

  • 10/02/2016 6:51 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)

    The PNC Bank Peoria Marathon & River City Races are coming up soon (on Sunday, October 16th to be exact)!  IVS is proud to be a part of this event and will be providing support at Gear Check on the day of the event.  We’re looking for people like yourself to help staff the station.

    Thinking of volunteering?  Here are some questions to ask yourself -

    • Can you work in a climate-controlled environment?  Gear check is indoors, so regardless of the elements outside, you’ll be nice and comfortable. 
    • Do you like participating in running events and seeing all of your friends, but don’t want to work up a sweat?  Gear check is a great way to see current and make new friends without breaking a sweat.
    • Can you follow instructions and sort labeled bags in number order?  Gear check is very important and, thankfully, is also very simple!  Anyone can do it.  We’ll train you.
    • Do you like contributing to amazing, local, Peoria events, but don’t want to commit to a full day?  Gear check volunteers sign up for 2-hour shifts.
    • Do you like getting sweet running gear without registering?  All volunteers receive the technical race t-shirt!


    Sign up for a shift @

    Questions?  Contact Morgan Grigsby

  • 07/13/2016 9:55 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)
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    Get in shape for your fall race!!

    5K     Relay     Half     Full

    Are you looking for a training program to get you in shape to race this fall? 

    RC - Team Steam Fall Training is the official training program of the PNC Bank Peoria Marathon and River City Races, Bridge to Bridge, and the IVS Half Marathon/Relay! Whether you are looking to train for the 5K to the marathon, this training program fits everyone and every ability! Don't worry, if you have never participated previously in a training program...beginners are one of our specialties!

    In this program, you'll enjoy top tier coaching from the highly experienced coaches Greg White, Blair Gorsuch, and Mike Lewellyn!

    NEW - This year we've added a beginner 5K Training program that is fit for ALL, from beginners to experts!

    Not sure if it's for you?

    Although RC Fall Training has begun, it's NOT TOO LATE to sign up and join! Whether you are just starting out or you are looking to get a faster marathon time, this program has something for everyone!

    Quick Look




    14 weeks long

    July 12th - October 13th

    Days / Times

    Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 PM
    Saturdays 7:00 AM*

    *Pending heat, some Saturdays may begin at 6:00AM


    Training runs are often held at the former Woodruff High School (located off Abingdon and Perry). Saturday long runs will vary in location depending on the week.


    All participants will receive a training shirt and a 25% discount* to each of the following races: Detweiller at Dark, Bridge to Bridge, IVS Half Marathon, and the PNC Bank Peoria Marathon and River City Races.

    *discount code for each event will be included in your registration confirmation e-mail.

    For more information and to sign-up click on the links below!



    We look forward to helping you achieve your racing and fitness goals this fall!

  • 07/07/2016 9:04 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    New GP races featuring Discounts for IVS Grand Prix series participants!

    Smokin' Hot 5k, July 23,  and LCHS Rocket Run 5k, August 20.

    See the IVS Events Calendar or the IVS Grand Prix Schedule for details and registration information.

  • 05/09/2016 12:28 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)

    The Louie Louie Festival is Friday, May 27th and we're looking for volunteers.  IVS has a long history of volunteering at this event with the proceeds of our efforts going to support the folks at St. Jude's.  If you're willing to donate a couple hours (fun hours!) to the cause, please use the link below to see what time slots are available and to sign up. You'll be asked to register, but registration is just your name and email, so that a reminder can be sent (they will not share your email or send you junk email). 

    If you'd prefer, you can just send a message to Ann Schmitt.  Volunteers are needed in 2-hour shifts from 4 pm to almost midnight. The work is easy: selling beer tickets and checking IDs. Thanks folks!

    SignUpGenius link:

  • 05/03/2016 5:29 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)

    The 31st running of the Komen Peoria Race for the Cure is 8:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Metro Centre.  Volunteer help from the Illinois Valley Striders helps make this huge event a great success. 

    Volunteer help is needed for the following activities:   

    METRO CENTRE SET-UP Session 1 - Friday, May 6, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. - Volunteers set up scaffolding, hang banners, etc.  To volunteer, contact Philip Lockwood, Race Director (email: or phone: M: 657-2478).   

    METRO CENTRE SET-UP Session 2 Saturday, May 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. Volunteers set up Start and Finish areas, hang banners, etc.  To volunteer, contact Philip Lockwood, Race Director (email: or phone: M: 657-2478).   

    FINISH LINE VOLUNTEERS - Saturday, May 7, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. - Volunteers provide assistance in the Finish Line Area.  To volunteer, contact Philip Lockwood, Race Director (email: or phone: M: 657-2478).   

    COURSE MONITORS - Saturday, May 7, from 7:00 to 9:30 a.m. - Volunteers staff intersections throughout the race course.  To volunteer, contact Philip Lockwood, Race Director (email: or phone: M: 657-2478).   

    METRO CENTRE SITE RESTORATION - Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 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, Race Director (email: or phone: M: 657-2478).

Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!


Illinois Valley Striders
P.O. Box 69
Peoria, IL 61650-0069

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