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  • 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: plockwood@komenmemorial.org 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: plockwood@komenmemorial.org 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: plockwood@komenmemorial.org 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: plockwood@komenmemorial.org 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: plockwood@komenmemorial.org or phone: M: 657-2478).

  • 04/29/2016 12:16 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)

    ** We need your help! **

    Tomorrow morning, April 30th from 9:00am - 10:00am, we are organizing a clean-up “hour“ for Springdale Cemetery and we need your help!

    Springdale Cemetery is a tremendous resource for runners, walkers, and nature go-ers alike.

    Now, it’s our turn to GIVE BACK.

     What exactly will we be doing? Great question! We will be picking up sticks and placing them in piles for the grounds keepers. That’s it! However, it becomes a huge task if only a few try to do it. That’s why we need your help!

     Our goal is to have a couple hundred people come out and help. Between those participating in RC-Team Steam, IVS members, local racers, and family and friends, we should crush that goal! If we do, we will be able to get the job done in 1 hour or less.

     Will *YOU* and a family member or friend help us out for just an hour?

    Please let us know if you’ll commit to helping us out for this very important Hour of Giving Back by RSVPing with the form below:

    RSVP Here

    Thank you for helping to make this running community EVEN BETTER!

     - ShaZam Racing, Running Central, and the Illinois Valley Striders

  • 04/22/2016 9:44 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Run for Life 5k (8/6) and Chillicothe Snackpac races (10/1) are the latest additions to the list of races offering discounts to IVS Grand Prix participants (that makes a total of 10 for 2016).    It's not too late to sign up for the 2016 IVS Grand Prix Series, and check out all the available Grand Prix Discounts at www.ivs.org -- Members - Grand Prix Discounts (viewable by registered Grand Prix Participants only), or see the Grand Prix Schedule ( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1arIPxL-7hJKaOp59k0EBYqdX-5PYrD-d2qrRwwausQ8/edit#gid=52 ).   Questions?  Contact the Grand Prix or website Amin.

    Congrats to Rachel Head and Julia Carell for finishing the Potawatomi 100 mi trail runs, and to Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood for completing the Potawatomi 30 mi run.  Scott Sokolowski has regained the GP Series lead from Julia Carell .. by a 2 point margin!

    The next Grand Prix races are the Save R Sight (4/30) and the Humane Race (5/1, GP Discount).... and on 5/7 -- Lake Runs, Blue Chevy trail race, and The Race for the Cure.


  • 04/22/2016 9:44 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Run for Life 5k (8/6) and Chillicothe Snackpac races (10/1) are the latest additions to the list of races offering discounts to IVS Grand Prix participants (that makes a total of 10 for 2016).    It's not too late to sign up for the 2016 IVS Grand Prix Series, and check out all the available Grand Prix Discounts at www.ivs.org -- Members - Grand Prix Discounts (viewable by registered Grand Prix Participants only), or see the Grand Prix Schedule ( https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1arIPxL-7hJKaOp59k0EBYqdX-5PYrD-d2qrRwwausQ8/edit#gid=52 ).   Questions?  Contact the Grand Prix or website Amin.

    Congrats to Rachel Head and Julia Carell for finishing the Potawatomi 100 mi trail runs, and to Jennifer Jacobsen-Wood for completing the Potawatomi 30 mi run.  Scott Sokolowski has regained the GP Series lead from Julia Carell .. by a 2 point margin!

    The next Grand Prix races are the Save R Sight (4/30) and the Humane Race (5/1, GP Discount).... and on 5/7 -- Lake Runs, Blue Chevy trail race, and The Race for the Cure.


  • 03/31/2016 6:39 PM | Illinois Valley Striders (Administrator)

    Let's Get Moving!

    Building Steam (along with Access, Rising and Scouting Steam) begins on Wednesday, April 6th at the RiverPlex in Peoria starting at 6:00 PM.  Please come ready to run, jog or walk because we will be holding our pace assignment run on day one this year!

    Packet pick up for Building Steam is being held at Running Central on the following dates:

    • Friday, April 1st from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, April 2nd from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    If you haven't registered yet, you can do so online, in person at Running Central during packet pick up, or come to the RiverPlex early on Wednesday (5:15 - 6:00 PM).  Please be aware that a price increase will take effect on Sunday, April 3rd for the Steamboat Classic and Building Steam, so get signed up today!

    RC Team Steam will begin on Tuesday, April 5th at the former Woodruff High School starting at 6:00 PM.  Registered participants will also receive $10 off their Steamboat Classic race entry!

    Please visit steamboatclassic.org for more information about the Steamboat Classic and training programs.

  • 03/14/2016 4:54 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Next race is the Interplanetary 5k, March 19 (Discount Code available, see below), followed then by CIANDA 5k, March 26.   Cactus Classic Results are posted, and Scott Sokolowski has lept into the lead of the Series with 123 points with 100% race participation.  Contrats to Julia Carell for completing the first Grand Prix marathon of the year at the Cactus Classic.

    For Grand Prix Participant Discount Codes: www.ivs.org ... Log in ... Click on the "Members" tab (to left of center). "Grand Prix Discounts" tab will be in the drop down menu.

    2015Awards were Sunday, March 13 ... See Pictures in Photos


  • 03/09/2016 1:00 PM | Illinois Valley Striders (Administrator)

    Dear IVS Members and Friends,

    2016 is going to be an exciting year for The Illinois Valley Striders.  I invite you to join us for the IVS Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration at the Contemporary Art Center in downtown Peoria this Sunday, March 13.  The social event begins at 2:00 p.m. with drinks and light snacks, followed by a brief Annual Meeting and the Awards Presentation. Please join for this casual afternoon.

    I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

     Sincerely,

     Chris Dierker 

  • 03/06/2016 2:00 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Gaelic Gallop 5k, an  IVS GP Series Race, Sunday, March 6, Race starts at 2:00 P.M.

    Race day registration will be available.   Come early.... bring a friend.

    Website:  https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/WestPeoria/GaelicGallop

    Registration is NOT closed, Start Time IS 2:00 P.M.


    Location: Franciscan Center, 908 N Sterling West Peoria
  • 02/06/2016 2:51 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)
    The Steamboat Classic Committee is seeking an individual to serve as the Building Steam Head Coach.  The responsibilities of this position are listed below and interested candidates should contact Katie Van Cleve.


    Building Steam Head Coach

    • Design & format updated training/metrics plan for all BARS (Building, Access, Rising, Scouting) beginners
    • Recruit, train, and manage all BARS group leaders
    • FOLO - First Onsite, Last Offsite
    • Coordinate with weekly program lecturers
    • Ensure quality control and consistency for the delivery of BARS
    • Develop and conduct participant and Group Leader Metrics
    • Co-host Group Leader Social Events
    • Coordinate and promote with RC Team Steam participants
    • Serve as sponsor activation representative
    • Weekly on-site management of BARS Group Leaders (including regularly scheduled G/L review)
  • 02/03/2016 4:25 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Three more races are offering discounts to IVS Grand Prix Participants ...

    The Kick Abuse 5k Trail race, April 16, discount code is now available online to Registered IVS Grand Prix Participants (who are current IVS members).  Log in to www.ivs,org, open the "Members" tab, and then the "Grand Prix Discount Codes" tab.

    Future races that will have the Discount Codes available when registration opens are the lacon Old Settlers 5k & 10k in August, and the IVS Ghost Chase 5k in October.

    Register for the Grand Prix Series, online, using the link at the bottom of this page, or, under the "Grand Prix Series" tab.

Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!

 

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