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Illinois Trekkers next sponsored AVA Traditional/Sanctioned event
Soup Walk
Saturday, February 27
9:00 to Noon
St. Joseph's Catholic Church Parish
6 N. Alton St. St
Freeburg, 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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*****The Fenton YRE 5K is open and the 10K will open soon*****
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.
                            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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                     Walk Challenges for 2016
Join us in 2 club walk challenges during 2016: (1) Tour De Metro Saint Louis individual incentive program, and (2) Club challenge to "walk" together to Lindau Germany. The Tour De Metro Saint Louis individual record book is available for download here. Additional instructions and information is available here. Guidelines for the joint club challenge to Lindau, Germany is available here.
       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.
                           Tentative Bus Trip
Illinois Trekkers are planning a bus trip to Fredericksburg, Texas to participate in AVA's 40th anniversary celebration! The bus would depart on 8 June and return on 14 June.
  • A possible walk will be the Little Rock, Arkansas YRE
  • Two walks on 11 June in Fredericksburg, TX
  • We will be staying at the event hotel, The Sunday House Inn for $140/night + tax.
  • On Saturday night we will dine at Andy's Steak & Seafood Grille.
  • Must have at least 30 people signed up to do the trip - costs will be derived from the number of people that signed up.
  • If trip is canceled than Trekkers plan an event walk on 18 June.
                            Trekkin' Tuesdays
Join the Trekkers every Tuesday morning for a 5K walking program called "Trekkin' Tuesdays"! Each Tuesday morning 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. Glen Carbon YRE Trekkin Tuesday walk
February 9, Tuesday 9:45(reg) 10:00am(Walk)
70 S. Main St., Glen Carbon, IL

2. Florissant YRE
February 13, 8:45(reg 9:00am(walk)
222 N Hwy 67 (Lindbergh), Florissant, 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
The Illinois Trekkers monthly meeting (1st Thursday at 7:00pm) will be moving! February thru April the meeting will be held at the Fairview Heights Library - Kinsella Room (10017 Bunkum Rd., Fairview Heights, IL - When you reach 10017 Bunkum Road turn onto Library Drive and continue to the library parking lot behind the library. Enter through door on lower level at back of library). (Click for google map). The location for May - December has not yet been determined.
2016 Membership Meeting Dates:
January 7th - Memorial Health Education Center(706 E. Hwy 50, O'Fallon, IL)
February 4th (6:30pm) - Fairview Hights Library(10017 Bunkum Rd., Fairview Heights, IL)
March 3rd (6:30pm) - Fairview Hights Library(10017 Bunkum Rd., Fairview Heights, IL)
April 7th (6:30pm) - Fairview Hights Library(10017 Bunkum Rd., Fairview Heights, IL)
May 5th - To be determined
June 2nd - To be determined
July 7th - To be determined
August 4th - To be determined
September 1st - To be determined
October 6th - To be determined
November 3rd - To be determined
December 1st - Canceled for Trekker Christmas Party
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Page last updated: 6 February 2016
***Thanks to Sacramento Walking Sticks walking club and their webmaster for our web site's inspiration***