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  • 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 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: ... 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.


     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.


    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.

  • 01/08/2016 9:26 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Join the 2016 IVS Race Series now, and be sure to sigh up for the first IVS Race Series Race of the year, Big Hill, Big Chill,  Jan 23.  Sign up closes March 15, Race Series Entrants must either run or volunteer at Big Hill, Big Chill, and run a minimum 4 of the 5 races in the series, and volunteer at the other, if not running all 5.   Self scoring IVS Race Series Spreadsheet.

  • 01/08/2016 9:17 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)
    Contact Bill Holmes  for the $5.00 discount code for the  Tiger Trot 5k, April 19 ...BEFORE registering.   IVS Grand Prix participants only ... Join IVS/Renew IVS Membership sign up for the 2016 Grand Prix Series .

  • 01/08/2016 9:09 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)
    Contact Bill Holmes  for the $5.00 discount code for the Interplanetary 5k, March 19 ...BEFORE registering.   IVS Grand Prix participants only ... Join IVS/Renew IVS Membership sign up for the 2016 Grand Prix Series .

  • 01/04/2016 3:15 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Feb. 13.   Independence Park, Marquette Heights, Il  4 miles

    Hike, Walk, Run -- Volunteer .. It's ALL about FUN!   Join Us.


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Peoria, IL 61650-0069

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