NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, walks listed below offer both a 5k or a 10k route. $3/walker. Pets are welcome on SOME, but not all the walks. Contact the club to be sure.
NEW AVA GUIDELINES TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 DURING GROUP WALKS:
REGISTRATION will likely be conducted outside. Line up single file six feet apart. Masks are required at registration. Put $3 cash or a check and your completed Start Card inside a bag that will be nearby. Bring your own pen and hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available at the Registration.
We are required to keep a maximum of ten walkers per group. If we have more than ten, we will need to break up the group and stagger departures by about 5-10 minutes.
Walkers are advised to stay six feet apart on the trail. Masks are optional but strongly encouraged to be worn when around others. Be sure to use your hand sanitizer when using restrooms or porta-potties.
WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON TREKKIN' TUESDAYS. Diane Prost is coordinating these walks. Click HERE to get to their website for up-to-the-minute details.
THREE-MILE THURSDAYS STARTED UP AGAIN IN APRIL. They are listed below, but for last-minute updates, please call Trudy at 618-670-6920.
OCTOBER 9 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN CLAYTON, MISSOURI. Register at the South Pavilion in Shaw Park 9-11 am. For specific directions to find the South Pavilion in Shaw Park, please download the brochure; but, essentially, head south on Brentwood Boulevard until you see the Forest Park Parkway overpass. Before the overpass, turn right onto Shaw Park Drive. Stay to the right and continue to the parking lot for the shelter/pavilion. Park on Shaw Park Drive. The group walk will leave together at 9:15 or 9:30. The trail passes through a city park, the Clayton business district, and through beautiful residential neighborhoods. This is a new Traditional Event walk. $3/walker. For more information click HERE. To download a brochure, click HERE.
OCTOBER 16 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN SWANSEA CLINTON HILLS RECREATION PARK, SWANSEA, ILLINOIS. This is a new Traditional Event walk! Register at 1524 Clinton Hills Parkway in Swansea from 8:30-11. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE. To download the brochure, please click HERE.
OCTOBER 19 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN "OLD TOWN" GLEN CARBON, ILLINOIS. Meet to register fat 8:45 at the Glen Carbon Library, 198 S. Main Street. We step off at 9. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.
OCTOBER 21 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THREE MILE THURSDAY AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE. Meet to register at 5:45 pm. We step off at 6 pm. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at St. Clair Square South parking lot, 164 St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.
OCTOBER 23 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI. Meet to register at the Best Western Plus The Charles Hotel, 1425 S. 5th Street in St. Charles at at 8:45 a.m. We drive to the Walk Start at the Boathouse. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.
OCTOBER 23 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS AND SEE "ART ON THE SQUARE." Meet at the YMCA, 200 S. Illinois Street at 9:45. Start walking at 10 am. $3/walker. For more information click HERE.
OCTOBER 26 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS. Register at 8:45 am at the YMCA, 2100 Esic Drive in Edwardsville. We start walking at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.
OCTOBER 28 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS ON THREE MILE THURSDAY AT ST. CLAIR SQUARE. Meet to register at 5:45 pm. We step off at 6 pm. Please bring a flashlight. Meet at St. Clair Square South parking lot, 164 St. Clair Square in Fairview Heights. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.
OCTOBER 30 - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS. Meet at the Pear Tree Inn, 2211 Market Street, St. Louis at 8:45 to register. Registration can also be done through OSB (Online Start Box). Step off at 9 am. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.
OCTOBER 31 - SUNDAY - WALK WITH THE SAINT LOUIS WALKERS IN BELLEFONTAINE CEMETERY AND ARBORETUM. We sponsor this walk every other year. How relevant to walk in a cemetery on Halloween, but, please, no costumes of any kind are allowed. This walk will be on a Sunday for the convenience of the cemetery. Well-behaved dogs are welcome (clean up, of course), but they are not allowed inside buildings. Register from 10 am to 1 pm. We must finish by 4 pm. Cemetery gates are locked at 5 pm. Mark the date and times on your calendar. $3/walker. For more information, please contact Dee or Leonard at (618) 530-3325 or send an email to DeAnne at email@example.com. To download the brochure, click HERE.
We have a new trail and a larger parking area with amenities. Two or three crypts will be open to view with volunteers telling the stories. Volunteers will be ready to conduct tours in addition to our walk. Bellefontaine is also a Level II Accredited Arboretum. Besides being a garden of beauty, inspiration, and historic significance, Bellefontaine has an accessible and diverse horticultural collection and has become an important natural sanctuary and habitat for wildlife in the urban environment. You can make a day of it--there is so much to see in this beautiful, peaceful place!
Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum is located at 4947 West Florissant Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. Signs inside the cemetery lead to our Start Point. For more information about Bellefontaine, call 314-381-0750.
NOVEMBER 5-7 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS ON THEIR WEEKEND TRIP TO COLUMBIA, MISSOURI. The itinerary is still being developed, but a University of Missouri walk and hiking at parks in the area look like they will be included. On Sunday, walk the Jefferson City Year-Round Capitol walk and then enjoy Central Dairy's famous ice cream!
Interested? Hurry and book your reservation at Drury Plaza Hotel Columbia East. The Drury has a complimentary hot breakfast plus evening drinks and snacks. The rate is $126 for a King Bed Deluxe Room or $135 for a two-Queen Bed Deluxe. The Group name is "Gateway Milers" and the group code is 2442255. You may make your reservation online at www.druryhotels.com or phone 573-441-0090. If you make a reservation using the group rate, please email Cindy Stucky at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can track the number of rooms remaining in the block.
Please note that the ONLY AVA-sanctioned walk on this weekend trip is the one in Jefferson City.
NOVEMBER 13 -WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN CUIVRE RIVER STATE PARK IN TROY, MISSOURI. Meet at the Visitors Center, 678 MO-147 in Troy at 9:45. We will begin walking at 10. Registration is made ONLY by OSB (Online Start Box). $3/walker. For more information. click HERE.
NOVEMBER 22 - MONDAY - WALK WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS AT THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS IN THE EVENING. The Way of Lights Christmas lights will be lit for the first time for us walkers. If you start while it's still daylight, you can watch as the lights gradually turn on. $3/walker. For more information, click HERE.
NOVEMBER 27 - WALK WITH THE GATEWAY MILERS IN JEFFERSON BARRACKS IN LEMAY, MISSOURI. Meet to register at Walgreens, 2700 Telegraph Road 63125 at 9:15. Step off at 9:30. $3/walker. For more information, please click HERE.
DECEMBER 31 (Friday) - CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH THE ILLINOIS TREKKERS IN MASCOUTAH, ILLINOIS. A special walk is being planned. Mark your calendars!
Mid-America Regional Conference in Dayton, Ohio will be held June 17-19, 2022. For more information, please go the Gateway Milers' website, www.gatewaymilers.org or to the Illinois Trekkers' website, www.illinois-trekkers.org.
THE SUNFLOWER SOD STOMPERS OF TOPEKA, KANSAS INVITE YOU TO JOIN THEM AT "HOOFING AT HALLOWEEN" - OCTOBER 29, 30, & 31
Note that lots of local events are scheduled for this weekend. Terri Tyler has reserved blocks of rooms to be sure you have a hotel, but she urges you to make your reservations ASAP. For more information, email Terri at email@example.com
The Gateway Milers invite you to join them on a walking/hiking weekend in Columbia, Missouri, on the campus of Mizzou and in the parks nearby, with an AVA-sanctioned walk in Jefferson City on Sunday. This is the weekend of November 5-7. Details are on the chronological walk list above.
Events updated October 5, 2021