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  • 04/01/2017 7:30 AM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)

    Come out and help us cheer on the participants of this great race and members of our running community!!! We will meet at the intersection of Woodland Ridge Drive and the RI Trail @7:30. Come on out and help us cheer on these runners and show why being an IVS member is so awesome!!! You can reach me via email at : michael.lewellyn   We hope to see you there!!! Thank you for your support!!!

  • 03/27/2017 1:39 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Run with Reagan 5k Grand Prix Discount Code is now active. Register Today!

    The next Grand Prix Race is CIAND 5k 4/8.

    For all the Grand Prix Races and GP Races with Discounts ($$) see:
    GP Schedule and Registration Links 

  • 03/10/2017 4:01 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Run With Reagan 5k and Springdale Salute 5k join GP Series with GP Discount.  RWR is April 22. ... Sandwiched between the Kick Abuse Trail Race, 4/15, and the Tiger Trot, 4/29 ... Both are GP Discount races.   Also on 4/29 this year is the Save R Sight 5k in Metamora.

    The Springdale Salute race is 5/29.

    The Interplanetary 5k, is also a GP Discount race, is March 25, followed by the Eat 'Em Up 5k, 4/8.

    For those who want to run a bit farther, the Potawatomi Trail Runs, 4/6 - 4/8, off 30, 50, 100, 150, and 200 mile options.

  • 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!

Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!


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

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