Illinois Valley Striders


IVS News & Updates

  • 05/03/2017 5:09 PM | Jason Young (Administrator)

    The Steamboat Classic has been named as a finalist for the Best Race/Run in the second annual Best of Peoria!  IVS is extremely proud of this event and honored to be nominated alongside the Race for the Cure and St. Jude Runs.  Voting runs through June 1st, so please show your love for Steamboat at!

  • 05/01/2017 5:23 PM | Bill Holmes (Administrator)

    5/6 Lake Run 4.37m, 12k, & 13.1m

    5/13 Peoria Race for the Cure

    5/20 Blue Chevy Trail Classic 10k

    5/27 River Run for Wellness 5k

    5/29 Springdale Salute 5k  (Grand Prix Discount)

    6/3 West Peoria Jamboree Run 4m (Grand Prix Discount)

    6/10 Eureka Heart House 5k/10k  (Grand Prix Discount)

    6/17 Steamboat Classic 4m & 15k

    6/24 Lincoln Douglas 3m & 8m (Grand Prix Discount) (Registration Link soon . Check GP Discount Code tab)

  • 04/22/2017 7:00 AM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)

    Come to Running Central on Saturday and see what our Steamboat Classic sponsor Saucony has to offer to help keep you moving. While your there take a pair of Saucony shoes for a test run with our Run309 Saturday run/walk group!!! Spring has sprung, it is time to gear up!!!! See you on the roads and trails!!!!

    Please read the following message from Jeremy our Saucony Tech Rep:

    • I will have the Ride, Guide, Triumph, Hurricane, Freedom and Kinvara available for demo during the run or just to try out before or after the run.  Quick talk about footwear before the run. 
    • -           Anyone that demos or just tries on one of the shoes will receive some Saucony swag and be entered into a raffle for a $100 Running Central gift card that will be good for any Saucony purchase!  (I will purchase gift card). 
    • -           Post run I can give a group clinic on the Saucony stride lab app which is a tool runners can use to build a stronger body for running. More info to come.
    • -           I will also plan to bring coffee and have a cereal bar for post run. (not an actual bar…  the kind that comes from a box and into a bowl with milk).

  • 04/03/2017 7:00 PM | Michael Lewellyn (Administrator)

    Please feel free to join us for our monthly board meeting. 

    April 2017 IVS Board Meeting,

    7:00pm Monday, April 3, 2017

    Fondulac Admin Center

  • 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

Have a question for IVS?  Please contact us!


Illinois Valley Striders
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Peoria, IL 61650-0069

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