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  • 05/13/2019 9:48 AM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Eureka Lake --- Race with Your Heart 5k and 10k, Saturday June 8.  The perfect warm up for the Steamboat 4 mike or 15k.  

    Raffles, free pancake breakfast and cookies, along with a family-friendly post-race celebration! 

    IVS Grand Prix Discount Available

    New in 2019!!  Register 3 participants and get the 4th one free.

  • 04/24/2019 10:18 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    IVS Grand Prix News and Update

    The new Rules offering points for non-IVS Grab Prix events and Volunteering have, in general, been well received.

    Several race participations have been reported, along with images or urls ( website links) of confirming results.

    Volunteering is much harder for the GP Staff to track, as the Volunteers must notify us of the volunteer activities each time an activity is performed, as the GP Staff has no access to any records of volunteer serviced performed.  

    Steamboat Start and Kid's Series Volunteers: Please notify the GP Staff each day of Volunteer Service - The GP Staff cannot assume each volunteer will be present every day of the event - things, like illness, work, vacations, and other personal business, happen, and some people miss some of the days, while others volunteer only for a day or two.

    Some people tell a GP Staff member of an event verbally ... sometimes these communications are forgotten or remembered incorrectly.  Notification in writing helps records to be kept correctly, and is a reference if/when the inevitable happens.

    Grand Prix Participants are responsible for checking the Grand Prix Spreadsheet to ensure that their  Race and Volunteer points have been correctly entered.  the GP Staff makes every effort to enter the points correctly, but mistakes and omissions happen - when mistakes or omissions happen, the Staff is eager to correct them, but must be notified.... preferably by text message, email, or FB PM.

    Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.   Together we can make this year's Grand Prix Series the BEST EVER.

    If anyone has questions, comments, or suggestions, please do share them with us.

    GP Staff:

    Scott Sokolowski

    Roland Savoie

    Bill Holmes

  • 04/01/2019 8:45 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Illinois Valley Striders is excited to present the IVS 50k Challenge as a new IVS Grand Prix event in 2019! 

    The rules are simple:

    (#1) Be a club member and entered in the Grand Prix.  The website is for non-members and if you haven't renewed yet.  Grand Prix registration is at

    (#2) Complete IVS Grand Prix races totaling at least 50k in 2019: this can be any combination of 5k, 10K, 10 miles, half marathon or trail race.

    What do we mean by "Grand Prix" race?  There are a number of official IVS Grand Prix Series races every year. These are the races that are officially recognized as Grand Prix races by our running club.  Non Grand Prix races won't count toward the total for this challenge.

    IVS Grand Prix Races are labelled "GP" on line 2 of the IVS Grand Prix Schedule.

    When you have completed any combination of Grand Prix races totaling at least 50k, you will get a SWEET finisher's prize for your efforts!  (This will be awarded during our annual Awards meeting in February.)

    We hope you will join us for this new challenge in 2019!  See you at the starting line!

  • 03/27/2019 8:10 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Come join us for the 2019 IVS/RCO Steamboat Start - a beginners program that will focus on getting people moving and able to finish the 4 Mile Steamboat course.  Starts April 10.  No registration required.  Meets 5:30 PM at RC Outfitters  Questions?

  • 03/04/2019 11:41 AM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    IVS welcomes the Yates City Gazebo Run 5k,  August 17, complete with IVS GP Discount,  to the IVS Grand Prix Series.  The Gazebo Run is one or the finest (and few remaining) small home town runs ever.  No fancy chip timing or online registration, no registration cut offs or scaled price increases, no fancy media event hype - just a fine small tone 5k race starting and ending in the city park, moving out of the town onto country roads, looping  around the countryside and fields and back again.   Don't miss this great small town race.   Mail in or race day registration.  Note the Grand Prix discount Code on the race registration form, and subtract $5.00 from the registration price.  Not an IVS Grand Prix Participant?  Register NOW!

  • 02/10/2019 8:21 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)
    the latest IVS newsletter!
    February 10,2019 

    Greetings IVS members,

    We will be hosting our Annual IVS Annual Meeting and IVS Annual Awards meeting/potluck on Sunday, February 24th from 2-4 pm at the WTVP Studios, 101 State St., Peoria .

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

    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.  IVS By Laws

    Please RSVP to Sue Miller, by Wednesday, February 20th, so we know quantities of meats and beverages to provide.

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

    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.

    Illinois Valley Striders Service Awards presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony:

    IVS Strider Award – awarded to IVS member for the combination of significant running performance(s) and significant contribution(s) to IVS in helping promote the Illinois Valley Striders.

    IVS Ambassador Award – Awarded to an individual or organization who promotes the mission of the Illinois Valley Striders regionally, nationally and/or internationally.

    IVS President’s Award – selected and awarded by current IVS President.

    IVS Community Service Award – awarded to an individual or organization whose contributions enhance both the running community and the Central Illinois community as a whole.

    IVS Race Director Award – awarded to an individual for contributions for directing one of Central Illinois great running events.

    IVS Outstanding Contribution Award – awarded to an individual who provides a significant contribution to IVS helping promote the mission of the Illinois Valley Striders.

  • 01/24/2019 10:24 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Big Hill, Big Chill rescheduled to Feb. 9. Existing Registrations will be honored .. no need to re-register. On Line Registration Soon. Printable Information and Registration Form.

  • 01/18/2019 8:06 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Big Hill. Big Chill --- Postponed until a February Saturday (due to the winter storm warning for snow & strong winds). We want everyone to stay in & be safe).
    We will update the event as soon as a date has been confirmed.
    Any questions please send me a Facebook message. Thank you for understanding.

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