Illinois Valley Striders


IVS News & Updates

  • 09/16/2019 5:30 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    IVS September Social and Fun Run

    Where: First Ascent Climbing and Fitness, 927 SW Washington St, Peoria IL. 61602,

    When: Monday, Sept. 16th – We will meet at First Ascent for a tour and facility orientation at 5:30, and the Fun Run will start at 6:00pm. 

    Who: Open invitation to all interested runners or walkers - all ability levels

    What: We are changing format for our September event.  After the tour and facility orientation, we will do a short Fun Run and return back to First Ascent.  Interested runners can then purchase day passes and start climbing!  First Ascent has partnered with Illinois Valley Striders to provide a discount: $15 days passes, which includes use of shoes, harness and chalk bag (regular cost $29). 

    Note: If you are interested in participating in the climb, please fill out the online waiver in advance:

    Come Join the Fun! 

  • 08/21/2019 6:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Please join us for the IVS August Social And Fun Run

    Where: Pour Brothers, 4450 N. Prospect Rd Ste C1, Peoria, IL

    When: Wednesday, Aug. 21st  - Fun Run starts at 6:00pm –followed by a social get together at Pour Brothers–we will be meeting outside on the shaded patio.  Food is available from nearby restaurants.

    Who: Open invitation to all runners and walkers of all ability levels. 

    What: come join us after the IVS Wednesday night fun run or just to drop in to see old friends and acquaintances. 

    Information will be available for joining IVS and about upcoming Grand Prix races and challenges. 

    Come Join the Fun!


  • 08/09/2019 7:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Mr C's 5k - Wenona Days Run is back with the Grand Prix! 

    That means it is full points for running.  It is Friday evening, August 9th, 2019 at 7:00pm, so you can squeeze another race (or two) in on the next day.  Grand Prix discount code is only available untl 7/27/19 so make use of it now!

    Race Roster registration:  

    Facebook website:  

  • 07/19/2019 7:00 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    Friday, July 19that 7:00PM

    Kuchie’s on the Water, 579 Wesley Rd, Creve Coeur 

    Enjoy a Hawaiian-themed run along the river front with a tiki torch finish line and Polynesian music in the background.  This is the perfect event to celebrate LONG days and the arrival of Summer.  The course is a total of  2.2 miles - out and back along the riverfront on a gravel road.  No hills, but the course is not smooth so please be mindful of potholes.  This is not a closed course so please stay to the side of the road.  

    All race finishers will receive a very special welcome as they cross the finish line.  If you’re up for even more fun, wear your best island attire during the race!

    Race party afterwards will be at Kuchie's on the Water on the patio.  Drinks are not included in the price of registration.

    Kuchie’s Drink Special: Blackberry Moonshine & Lemonade $5.00

    thru June 30:    Adults – $20 / Kids – $10
    After June 30:  Adults – $25 / Kids – $15
    Race Extra: Buy a Grass Skirt:  Adult: $4, Kids: $3

    Proceeds from the Tiki Trail 2.2 will be dedicated to support the IVS Kids Series.

    Trophies for:

     Best Overall Male and Female run time

     Best Male, Female and Group Costumes!



  • 06/20/2019 6:30 PM | Roland Savoie (Administrator)

    IVS fun run/walk and social

    @ Industry Brewing

    Thursday, June 20th – 6:30 pm

    Still feeling the rush from your PR at Steamboat?  Needing to work your sore muscles?  Join IVS for a short out and back run on the Rock Island Trail, followed by a social at 7:00 pm at Industry Brewing.  We will also have information on upcoming races, events and about joining Illinois Valley Striders!  

    Meet @ Industry

    Thursday, June 20th

    6:30 pm run/walk

    7:00 pm Social

  • 06/12/2019 9:32 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Register NOW  Brimfield Old Settler's 5k IS ON!   New RD, New Life. 

    Aug 10.  Same flat, FAST course.  Great GP Series Race.


  • 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!

Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!


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

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