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Illinois Trekkers next sponsored AVA Traditional/Sanctioned event
Soup Walk
Please bring 2 cans of soup.
February 7
Smithton, 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 compled by Level 3.
  • For information on how to obtain the challenge book please contact Susan at address The books will also be at the "Words with Friends" walk and our next monthly meeting - 5 February.
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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                           Trekkin' Tuesdays
The Trekkers are starting a new 5K walking program called "Trekkin' Tuesdays"! Starting 1 April and continuing, Trekkers will be organizing walks at different area YREs. 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 Events Calendar for schedule.
            This Week's Walking Event(s)
1. Richland Creek YRE Trekkin Tuesday walk
January 27, Tuesday 9:00am(reg) 9:15(walk)
St Elizabeth Hospital
211 S 3rd St
Belleville, IL

2. St Louis Downtown YRE group walk
January 31, Saturday 9:45(reg) and 10:00am(walk)
Pear Tree Inn
2211 Market St
St. Louis, 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.
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            Membership Planning Meetings
For the months of February and March, the meetings will be held on the first Thursday at 7:00pm but will be located at the First Methodist Church at 504 E. Hwy 50, O'Fallon, Illinois (next door to the old meeting place). The meeting place for April thru December has not yet been determined. Please attend the Febraury meeting for ideas and to vote on a place.
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
May 7th
June 4th
July 2nd
August 6th
September 3rd
October 1st
November 5th
December 3rd
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