NeveHarms Steve Shostrom has been involved in every progressive step in the phenomenal growth of road racing in the Peoria area. He began distance running and road racing in the early seventies at a time when road racing and marathons were looked upon as a curious type of sport.
In December 1973, he, with the co-assistance of Red McGraw, now assistant track coach at Bradley University, founded the Illinois Valley Striders, an organization devoted to improving the quality of road racing and to helping runners in their own self-improvement. It has grown from an original membership of seven to over 1,000, one of Central Illinois' largest participating sports clubs. Steve has been president of the Illinois Valley Striders since its beginning.
Shostrom has been race director for countless races in the Peoria area. By far, the most prominent is the Steamboat Classic. From 158 runners who competed in the first Steamboat race, the 1983 Steamboat Classic attracted 2,010 runners, a tribute to the dedication of Steve to promotion and direction of road racing. The Steamboat Classic is now a cornerstone race of the Illinois Grand Prix circuit throughout the State of Illinois.
Steve has won a number of honors for his own performance as a runner. He is most proud of being the first Peorian in the Boston Marathon in 1973 with a two hour and thirty-five minute finishing time.
Shostrom is a supervisory attorney at the National Labor Relations Board where he has been employed for 16 years. In addition to being president of the Illinois Valley Striders, he is vice president of the National Road Runners Club of America, and has been on the Park District Recreation Committee for ten years.
Steve Shostrom has been involved in every progressive step in the phenomenal growth of road racing in the Peoria area. He began distance running and road racing in the early seventies at a time when road racing and marathons were looked upon as a curious type of sport.
1974-75 Richwoods Boys Basketball Team
Left to right: Coach Hammerton, K. Sims, J. Hohstadt, J. Grigsby, K. Westervelt, A. Cornelius, M. Smith, D. Marr, D. Holcomb, C. Williams, S. Miller, G. St. Julian, D. Stein, J. Dixon, K. Kowalis, Assistant Coaches Eisele and Snarr.
The Knights looked promising with four-returning lettermen. They remained undefeated through every MS-9 bout including a sellout game with Peoria High. The Knights only fell once to upstate Thornton, to take second in the Pekin Holiday Tournament. The perfect conference record got Richwoods its second consecutive crown. It was only the second time in conference history that a perfect record had been accomplished. The Knights were led by Chris Williams with 801 points that season which was a school record. Other players that performed outstanding that year were Kevin Westervelt, all-conference guard; Derek Holcomb, a defensive specialist and all-conference center; and Jim Hohstadt, conference leader in free-throw shooting. The Ricwoods Regional proved to be two of the best games they played all year. They set a school scoring record with 121 points in defeating Canton. In the title game they defeated Galesburg and won a chance to meet arch rival Peoria High in the Sectional. The Knights were able to avenge their loss from last year and beat Peoria High and advance to the Super Sectional, where they defeated North Central Sterling Warriors. The Knights found themselves in the Elite Eight for the first time. They won their first game at state then dropped the last two to finish fourth in the state. The Knights finished with a 30-3 record and 16-0 in conference play.