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Illinois Trekkers next sponsored AVA Traditional/Sanctioned event
Columbia, Missouri Weekend
August 8-9
Columbia, MO
(Please bring water, bug spray, and a hat. A walking pole & hiking boots may be helpful. This is a trail hike in the woods and grasslands.)
 
 
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Trekker Song: (To the tune of The Flintstones)
Trekkers join the Trekkers.
We're a Volkssport walking club.
From the town of Belleville,
We're a club right out of AVA.
We walk usually on trails and streets.
Through the courtesy of our own two feet.
When you join the Trekkers
you'll make some good friends
some very good friends
You'll have a way good time!
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Illinois Trekkers is Illinois's oldest and largest AVA affiliated walking club! It is primarily a walking club promoting personal fitness through walking, biking, and occasional swim events. The club sponsors several Volksmarch walks throughout the St. Louis area. All activities are open to the general public. We are associated with:
All of our events:
  • Are open to everyone - you don't have to be a member to participate.
  • Are non-competitive - go at your own pace, walk, jog or run.
  • Sanctioned AVA event walks and club year round event walks are $3 per person.
 
           Come celebrate with us during our 35th
                              Anniversary Year!

For our 35th Anniversary, the Illinois Trekkers has a challenge for all members! By completing a Challenge record book, members can earn awards and prizes. This is only available to members of the Illinois Trekkers and is NOT a National AVA Special Program. We are doing this to honor our 35th year as an AVA club member. To complete the full challenge a member must complete all 35 events (35 years = 35 events). Here are the details:
  • Level 1: 12 Events = First Award
  • Level 2: 12 more events-includes work at 2 Traditional Events = Second Award
  • Level 3: 11 more Events-includes work at 1 more Traditional Event = Third Award
  • Club celebratory Sanctioned walk on 26 September and dinner following at Bellecourt Banquet Center
  • Illinois Trekker sanctioned events only (YRE or Traditional). Events means to work, bike, or walk. Work & walk same event = 2 stamps in book. All Illinois Trekker YREs completed by Level 3.
  • For information on how to obtain the challenge book please contact Susan at address lkcs246@gmail.com. The books will also be at the "Pere Marquette" walk and our next monthly meeting.
The Chalenge Record book is free; however, all YRE and Traditional events remain at the AVA price of $3 per walk per person.
 
                            Email & Walk Alerts
Each week our club emails information on club sponsored and other regional upcoming walks with additional club news to our members and other interested parties. If you would like to receive our Walk Alerts please join our walk alert e-mail list. This email list will never be sold or used for non-club purposes. Simply click on the link below then type in your e-mail address (doesn't even ask for your name).
 
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       ***New Upcoming Weekend Event***
On 8 & 9 August, join the Clay-Platte Trackers and Illinois Trekkers for a weekend of three AVA sanctioned walks (two Saturday and one Sunday) in Columbia, MIssouri! Addtional information on the walks and accommodations can be found here.
 
       Trekkin' Tuesdays & Three Mile Thursdays
The Trekkers have established two 5K walking programs called "Trekkin' Tuesdays" and "Three Mile Thursdays"! Each Tuesday morning and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday evenings of the month the Trekkers will be walking a local area YRE. Each walk is a sponsored AVA walk, therefore it will cost the standard $3 and you will be able to stamp your books. Please use the Events Calendar for schedule.
 
            This Week's Walking Event(s)
1. Litchfield YRE Trekkin Tuesday walk
July 7, Tuesday 9:00am(reg) 9:15(walk)
Walgreens
1202 W. Union Ave., Litchfield, IL

2. Three Mile Thursday
July 9, Thursday 6:15pm(reg) 6:30pm(walk)
St Elizabeth Hospital
211 S. 3rd St., Belleville, IL

3. Hermann
Saturday, July 11, 9:00am to 10:00am
Casey's General Store
811 Maket St., Hermann, MO
 
For a five month listing of Illinois Trekkers and other regional walk club events click here or on the Events Calendar link. The Events Calendar page has the dates, times, and other important information including directions to upcoming walks.
       ***Missouri County Walk Program***
The AVA clubs of MO are starting a new program aimed at eventually offering, over a number of years, an AVA sanctioned walk event in all 115 counties of Missouri. The goal is for the next 10+ years, there will be walks in all counties of Missouri - either scheduled Year-Round Trails offered by the individual clubs or traditional scheduled walks held throughout the state several times each year. The Walking the Counties of Missouri record books are FREE. For more information and to get your County walk books. Click here
 
     Trekker Footnotes & AVA Checkpoint
View the latest Trekker (Footnotes) newsletter by clicking here and AVA (Checkpoint) newsletter by clicking here.
 
            Membership Planning Meetings
Starting 2 April 2015, all future Trekker monthly meetings (1st Thursday at 7:00pm) will be held at Memorial Care Center, 4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL. (Across from the hospital. Enter in the entrace nearest the chapel in front & walk straight back; meeting area is on the left). (click for google map)
2015 Membership Meeting Dates:
January 8th
February 5th - First Methodist Chuch (504 E. Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL)
March 5th - First Methodist Chuch (504 E. Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL)
April 2nd - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
May 7th - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
June 4th - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
July 2nd - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
August 6th - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
September 3rd - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
October 1st - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
November 5th - Memorial Care Center (4315 Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL)
December 3rd - Probably canceled for Trekker Christmas Party
 
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