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  • 07/27/2015 9:19 AM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)
    We will be running from Woodruff both Tuesday and Thursday of this week. Tuesday night so please try to park up closer to the building. Make sure you are hydrating properly as it is supposed to be hotter and more humid!!! Sunday run will be at 6am however our long run route is still to be determined.

  • 07/15/2015 3:01 PM | Deleted user

    We will be training in Springdale on Thursday, 7/16/15. Warm Up will be from Woodruff to the steps in the cemetery and then we will start at the steps for the meat of our workout at 6pm.

    Our long run will be Sunday starting at 7am at the Fondulac Admin building. Goal for this long run is 8 to 10 miles. We will have water at the start /finish, at approximately 2 miles out and 4 miles out.‚Äč

  • 06/30/2015 8:23 AM | Jason Young

    The Bridge to Bridge Run will take place at 7:00 AM on September 7, 2015 (Labor Day).

    The Bridging Steam training program is designed to introduce running fitness to the novice adult runner or walker with the goal of completing the Bridge to Bridge 4 mile race. 

    Training sessions will begin on July 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM at Liberty Park in downtown Peoria.

    Please visit for more information and online registration!

  • 06/28/2015 5:33 PM | Jason Young

    If you're running the IVS Half Marathon/Relay or any other long distance race this fall, please consider joining us for the Full Steam Ahead training program.

    Full Steam Ahead is designed to prepare novice and exerienced runners for the IVS Half Marathon/Relay and is led by seasoned IVS runners as workout instructors.

    There will be an information/pre-registration meeting on June 30th at Woodruff High School starting at 5:30 PM.  Workouts will begin on July 7th!

    Please refer to the IVS Half Marathon/Relay event page for more details about the event and Full Steam Ahead

    Full Steam Ahead is designed to prepare novice and experienced runners for the IVS Half Marathon/Relay led by seasoned IVS runners as workout instructors.

  • 06/15/2015 1:07 PM | Jason Young

    In case you missed it, here's the latest message from IVS president Chris Dierker:

    What a great week for running!  The various IVS Building Steam programs and the RCT / TEAM STEAM program runners and walkers are entering their final week of prep for Steamboat.  They've had a great Spring of running in the heat and the rain as well as the sunny days.  If you are planning to run or walk Steamboat and have not yet registered, make sure you register now as the IVS discount code expires tomorrow night.  To register, go to:  

    If you're not running Steamboat, we could definitely use your help, either this Wednesday night for packet preparation, on Friday afternoon at the Expo or Saturday morning on race day.  Lots of opportunities to help whether you are a first time volunteer or a seasoned Steamboat Classic veteran.  To sign up to volunteer, please go to: and click on volunteer.

    If you're running trails these days, CITRA, our Central Illinois Trail Running Alliancce has another great trail run coming up.  Don't miss out on the Indy 9ER at Independance Park in Marquette Heights.  Details are available at:

    Whether you run on the road, the trails or the track,  Hope to see you out there soon.

  • 05/27/2015 10:09 PM | Jason Young

    A photographer from the Peoria Journal Star was on site to take photos of the IVS Fun Run held on May 19th at Meinen Field (the track next to Shea Stadium).

    Click here to view the photos

    These photos were taken during the first event of the evening.  IVS members and fun run guests walked a lap around the quarter mile track with Steve Shostrom (one of the founders of the Illinois Valley Striders).  This was followed by a 4 mile run which featured two loops through Bradley Park.  It was a beautiful day, everyone enjoyed the run and the opportunity to connect with each other.

  • 05/18/2015 6:05 PM | Jason Young

    The international trail-running film tour will have a screening in Peoria at the Riverfront Museum at 6:30 PM on May 30, 2015.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for youths and $8 for seniors and students.

    Visit for tickets and more information about the film tour.

    Click here to view the trailer!

  • 05/17/2015 9:52 PM | Jason Young
    Through Sunday, June 14th, all dues-paying Illinois Valley Striders (IVS) members will receive a discount when registering for the Steamboat Classic Race and/or Training Programs.  If you are a current member, please log in to view the Members Only section.  If you are not yet an IVS member, please consider joining us!

  • 05/14/2015 10:28 PM | Jason Young

    The Illinois Valley Striders are proud to announce another IVS fun run!  The fun run is May 19th, 6 p.m. at Meinen Field and will commemorate the date of the first IVS fun run, which was held May 19th, 1974!  

    Join Peoria Running Meetup Illinois Valley Striders (free) to RSVP or send an email to to RSVP.  This is a FUN RUN and no shirts or awards.. the reward is hanging out with great people and promoting the club we all love, the Illinois Valley Striders.  Remaining IVS apparel will be available and donations will be accepted to benefit the IVS Half Marathon/Relay.  

    Hope to see you there!

  • 05/14/2015 10:00 PM | Jason Young


    It is the official start of summer.  The 28th annual Louie Louie Parade and River Jam is Friday, May 22, 2015 in Riverfront Park at the foot of Main St., Peoria.  The parade starts at 4:30 pm, with the River Jam beginning immediately after the parade.

    We need your help to sell beverage tickets from 4:30 pm to 11:59 pm It takes 8 individuals at all times to keep things moving smoothly.

    Proceeds go to the St. Jude Runners and Illinois Valley Striders Kids Series.  If you are available to help please e-mail Jim McIntyre at: or text (309) 253-2420.

    Four great bands to rock you all evening!  In cooperation with Advanced Media Partners LLC, Illinois Valley Striders, and St. Jude Runners.


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