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  • 03/21/2020 2:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Where: Lakeview Branch Library,  Room 118, 1137 W Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614

    When: Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 2:00pm - 4:30pm

    What: Movie Presentation of "The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young"

    Details:  Members, guests and random interested passersby welcome!  Popcorn will be available,  please bring your own bowl.  Outside snacks and non-alcoholic drinks welcome.

  • 03/01/2020 9:00 AM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    IVS Cleanup


    3014 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria IL. 61603

    Come join us Sunday, March 1st starting at 9:00am to help keep Springdale Cemetery looking good for another year.  Wear hiking/sturdy shoes, work clothes and bring your gardening gloves – we may get a little dirty. 

    Meet at the Administration Building

    Wear work clothes, gloves and sturdy shoes

    Water and garbage bags provided

  • 02/23/2020 2:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    All members and their guests are invited to join us for our Annual Meeting and awards banquet to be held:

    Sunday, February 23rd from 2-4 pm @ Franciscan Center, 908 Sterling Ave., West Peoria

    We will hold election of the board of directors. The IVS By Laws require an Annual IVS business meeting providing for the election of IVS Board Members (By Members in good standing as of the meeting date) and conduct of other IVS business matters.  Nominations may be made from the floor. 

    The IVS Annual Awards Ceremony includes the IVS Grand Prix Series Awards, and recognition to individuals for their contributions to IVS, the sport of running, and to the running community at large.

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

    Please RSVP to Sue Miller by Wednesday, February, 19th - so we know how much meat, beverage to purchase.

    Please also take a few minutes to complete the IVS Awards poll by clicking on the below hyperlink before Wednesday, January 15.  The poll results will help determine our award recipients for last year.  You will need to select "other" after the category and write in your candidate.  For IVS Race Director Award - if you do not know the name of the race director - please add the name of the race.

    IVS Awards Survey

    2019 was another year of movin' and improvin' with the Illinois Valley Striders.

    All members are encouraged to attend.... hope to see you there!

    Sue Miller 

    IVS Board Member, Secretary 

  • 02/14/2020 6:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Please join us on Friday February 14th, at 6:00pm at Heritage Square in Peoria Heights for a fun run/walk on the Rock Island Trail – followed by dinner at Slow Hand BBQ (  (BYO)

    Go at your own pace and as far as you’d like – the scheduled course is a 5k but you can turnaround when you like.

    If you plan on attending – please let Roland Savoie know so he can let Slow Hand know how many to expect for dinner afterwards.

    Heritage Square, 4450 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria Heights, 61616


  • 02/12/2020 9:27 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    2020 IVS Kids Series starts May 4.

    Information and Details

  • 01/31/2020 9:22 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Now Feb 22 ... Information and registration.

  • 01/26/2020 2:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    What: Movie Presentation of "Brittany Runs A Marathon"

    Where: Lakeview Library, 1137 W. Lake Avenue, Peoria IL 61614

    When: Sunday, January 26th starting at 2pm!

    Why?: For the fun of it, of course!  Plus - there will be popcorn!!!! (Please bring your own bowl and a non-alcoholic drink.  If you want to bring your own snacks as well that is okay too!

    Who?: Why you, your spouse, date, kids, mother-in-law, and/or everyone else that would like to participate!

    Join your IVS friends for a fun afternoon movie presentation!

  • 01/01/2020 10:30 AM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Want to start on your running goals for the New Year? Of course you do - the beginning of the year inspires all of us to dream big and set goals. What better way to do it than with like-minded people? We're going to make it even easier for you by scheduling the run at 10:30 am so you can fully recover from your activities the night before. The 5k length will also be achievable - after all - half of the distance is downhill! :)

    To sweeten the deal we will be providing gloves to the first 50 registrants!


    Don't procrastinate - sign up today and join us on New Year's Day!

    Hot chocolate and cookies at the finish line. Brunch afterwards at a place to be determined.

    Same day packet pick up from 9:15am - 10:15am, Tower Park, Peoria Heights

    Trophies for:

    Best Overall Male and Female run time - under 50 and Best Overall Male and Female run time - 50 and over

    Awards will be presented as you cross the finish line


    Jan 1, 2020 - 9:15am - 10:15am
    Packet Pickup/Same Day Registration - Tower Park, Peoria Heights, IL. 61616
    Jan 1, 2020 - 10:30am
    Race Start
    Jan 1, 2020 - 11:30am
    Meet for brunch at a place to be determined

    Course Map:


  • 10/31/2019 10:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)


    Who: IVS members, family, friends and anyone interested in upping their street cred with serious threads!

    What: Long sleeve, short sleeve, tank top shirts and hats with IVS logo on the front and a LIMITED EDITION LOGO on the back - they'll make excellent Christmas presents for all your running friends!  We have shirts in 2-3 colors to choose from - but you will want one in all the colors - so you will always have one available to wear in just the right color!

    When:  The store will only be open until Friday, December 6th at 11:59pm. Delivery will be on Thursday, December 19th.  This is currently scheduled for Woodruff Parking lot - but in case of inclement weather - we may relocate to somewhere warmer.


  • 10/31/2019 6:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Come join us at the Spooktacular first (official) IVS Trick or Trot Fun Run/Walk

    What could be better than running through a cemetery on Halloween night??  Trunk or Treating while running through a cemetery on Halloween night!!

    The run/walk will start near the base of the Michael Sonnemaker statue and then wind past the mausoleums and monuments in Springdale.  

    (Don't be afraid -  all the spooks and goblins are trick-or-treating elsewhere.)  Along the way there will be trunk or treat stations to fill your goodie bag!  

    Runners are encouraged to run in costume and enter the costume contest just before the fun run. 

    A photo booth will be available for an enduring image of your fun!

    All participants will receive a treat bag and memento of their run. 

    Participants are required to bring a headlamp/flashlight.  Reflective gear is encouraged. 

    All participants registered by October 4th can choose the T-shirt option.  

    If you won't be able to run but still want a cool shirt - that option is available as well!

    Participants who choose the t-shirt option will receive a long sleeve tech shirt with Ivy the IVS Halloween cat (see above) on the front - great for your autumn practice runs or just chilling in front of a fire, making S'mores.   

    Registrants after October 4th will not have the option to include a t-shirt. 

    Extra shirts may be available for sale at the event. (Not a promise. :) 

    Packet pick-up will be available on Wednesday, October 30th, from 4-7:00pm in the Woodruff parking lot

    Limited registration and packet pick-up is available race day, between 5:00PM and 5:45 PM. adjacent to the Michael Sonnemaker Memorial Sculpture and Garden in lower Glen Oak Park (near the intersection of Abington and Perry Streets).

    After the run/walk - join us at T&T's in Peoria Heights for spirits of a different kind.  

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