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.
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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a49a9a828a3ff2-louie
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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: M: 657-2478).
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:
Thank you for helping to make this running community EVEN BETTER!
- ShaZam Racing, Running Central, and the Illinois Valley Striders
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
Registration is NOT closed, Start Time IS 2:00 P.M.
Have a question for IVS? Please contact us!
Illinois Valley Striders
P.O. Box 69
Peoria, IL 61650-0069