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Illinois Trekkers next sponsored AVA Traditional/Sanctioned event
35th Anniversary Walk & Dinner
Saturday, September 26
Belleville, IL
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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 The books will also be at our next monthly meeting.
The Challenge Record book is free; however, all YRE and Traditional events remain at the AVA price of $3 per walk per person.
Illinois Trekkers 35th Anniversay Walk and Dinner, will be held on Saturday, 26 September. The anniversary walk is from 8:00 to 11:00am with the starting point at: The Orthopedic & Neurosciences Center (Memorial Hospital), 4700 Memorial Drive, Belleville, IL 62226.
The Dinner starts at 6:00pm and will be held at Bellecourt Place, 120 N. Jackson, Belleville, IL 62220. Reservations are required to attend. Must register by 5 September. Click here for registration form, cost, and where to mail the form.
                            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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       St. Louis & Illinois Year Round Walks
There are 26 AVA year round walks within 100 miles of St. Louis. These walks encompass many interests: Large city, small quaint cities, parks, and historic interests. Click here for a listing of all the walks.
       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. Shrine YRE Trekkin Tuesday walk
September 1, Tuesday 9:00am(reg) 9:15(walk)
Shrine Motel
451 S. DeMazenod, Belleville, IL

2. Illinois Trekker Monthly Meeting
3 September,Thrusday 7:00pm
Memorial Care Center
4315 S. Memorial Dr., Belleville, IL

3. Five County walks over the Labor Day weekend.
5 to 7 September
Richmond, Lexington, Booneville, Rocheport & Carrollton Missouri
For more information go to the Events Calendar
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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