42nd Steamboat Classic Hits The Streets Saturday

A little flooding on the Peoria Riverfront won’t stop the Steamboat Classic.

Organizers with the Illinois Valley Striders are making final preparations for the 42nd running of the races that will take place Saturday morning in downtown Peoria.

Phil Lockwood, Managing Director of the Steamboat Classic, says there’s still time to get signed up.

“A lot of people wait and see. And, a lot of people have been waiting and seeing, and aren’t sure yet.”

Lockwood says, “The rising waters of the Illinois River should not reach the Finish Line on Water Street nor Festival Park, site of our Post-Race area of entertainment, refreshments, and awards.”

He tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan Show that Peoria Public Works are doing a great job of keeping the race course clear.

Lockwood says although the Steamboat Classic attracts World Class Athletes from around the world, it’s also about getting people of all fitness abilities involved through the Building Steam programs leading up to the races.

“There’s Building Steam for adults, Rising Steam for youth, Scouting Steam for scout-age youth, and Access Steam for participants with disabilities.”

Runners (and walkers) participating in the 4 Mile Run/Walk and the 15K Race will line up at Adams and Main Streets just before 7:00a.m. Saturday.

The 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk kicks off at 8:00a.m. at Adams and Hamilton Streets.

The Illinois Valley Striders are expecting over 4,500 participants for the 42nd Steamboat Classic. Walk-in registration is going on at the Riverplex Friday from 11:00a.m. to 7:00P.M.

A link to the Steamboat Classic website is HERE.




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