Illinois Valley Striders


IVS News & Updates

  • 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.

  • 01/13/2019 5:24 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)



    Get Ready to Run !!!

    Opening day – Monday, May 6

    Unity Point Health Proctor Hospital Fitness Path

    Registration begins at 5:30 (ages 6 and up can register at 6:00 but will not be included in pre-run stretching)

    Pre-run stretching begins at 5:50

    Running begins at 6:00 – youngest runners run first.

    Fee is $2.00 weekly per runner or $5.00 for families of 3 or more.

    The IVS kids series returns this May offering area children a FUN,


    Our emphasis is on participation, complete with finish line, individual times, finishing ribbons and refreshments. (Cookies & juice provided by Unity Point Health Proctor) Everyone’s a winner just by finishing!

    The series is held weekly on Monday evening on the Unity Point Health Proctor Fitness Path. The series begins on Monday, May 7 through Monday, June 25. (No run on Memorial Monday, May 28)

    Runners 3 and under will run approx. 200 meters & receive a ribbon for participation & refreshments. Parents are welcome to accompany these smaller runners but, need to line up behind unassisted runners.

    Runners ages 4 & up may choose to run ¼ mi, ½ mi, or 1 mile and are free to run as many times as they want.

    We will have t-shirts on Monday, June 3 for the May participants – first come, first served. No size guarantee. Special awards for all on our final night!!

    All Kids ages 12 and under are eligible to participate. No minimum age requirement. Little ones welcome!

    Runners are grouped together by age to ensure safety and compatibility - starting with the youngest ages running first.

    Visit the Illinois Valley Striders Facebook pagefor current updates & changes as we get closer to our first night on Monday, May 6.

    Questions?  Contact Judy - or message me on Facebook

  • 01/06/2019 5:17 PM | Maurice Wantiez (Administrator)

    This week (01/09/2019) let's meet at the tower. The route to be announced that night depending on the weather

  • 01/02/2019 3:09 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Potawatomi Trail Runs are now offering a Grand Prix Discount.  Pick your distance: 10, 30, 50, 100, 150, or 200 miles...Starting April 4.

    Kick Abuse 5k GP Discount has been Confirmed.  April 20.

    First Discounted GP race of 2019 is the FamilyCore 20th Annual Frosty 5K January 26.

    Confirmed 2019 Grand Prix Discounts total $35 as of 1/2/19.

  • 12/31/2018 10:13 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    Happy New Year,

    Registration for the 2019 IVS Grand Prix Series is available on line

    New registration is required for participation in 2019. 

    It's still 2018 and two race discount codes are already active (Frosty andInterplanetary) and three more confirmed to be announced later, and more as registrations become available. 

    2019 GP Rules and Registration are available at 

    The 2019 schedule is available ... current 2019 participants are listed.


    2018 Grand Prix season is complete... Over All and Age Group winners are listed, awards will be presented at the IVS Annual meeting in February.  

    Please make sure your IVS membership is current.  

    The Big Hill, Big Chill IVS Fun Run and Spring Party is January 19. 

    The Illinois Valley Striders proudly bring back this fun run for 2019.  During the height of the chilly season, bring on the big hill! Bring your family, friends, children, dogs, etc., and run, walk, stagger or crawl for this "one hill of a course!"  The course will begin and end at Kuchie's On the Water.  No awards, no chip timing, just us crazy runners getting together to have a good time. 

    Register Now for Big Hill, Big Chill. 

    Spring training groups start soon - now is the time to pick your training and register.

    no more excuses - beginner's 5k program

    5k & 10k training program

    half & full marathon training program


Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!


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

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