About the Striders

We are women of all ages from the Shuswap area who join together to engage in activities for physical health and an appreciation of nature. Our members are from their early teens to their 80’s! We support and encourage a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere, and physical fitness at an individual pace.

The Striders is well-organized and members hold Executive positions of Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Coordinator and Social Coordinator. Volunteers from the membership take the lead in organizing the various events and activities. For example, our Hiking Coordinators organizes weekly hikes from the Spring to the Fall. They ensure information is provided on each hike that includes its difficulty, terrain, directions to the hike, the time it will take to do, etc. A headcount is done prior to the hike and there is always someone in the lead and at the back of each group to ensure everyone is doing OK and that no one is ever left behind at any part of the hike. The Coordinators makes sure everyone is accounted for at the end.

Our activities are both physical and social, and are conveniently summarized on a calendar on our website visible to members. To encourage as many as possible to participate, a number of our activities are divided into different levels. For example, our hikes are at three levels – fast, medium and not-so-fast.

We also hold potluck dinners, an Annual General Meeting, a Friends & Family Picnic, a Christmas Luncheon and there is a Breakfast Club that meets once a month at local restaurants.  We also have a Travel Night (usually 2 per year), where members share their travel adventures.

Our main focus is on being an outdoors group; however, we do support local initiatives:

  • Elementary School Pirate Loppet
  • Striders Memorial Walk
  • Kelowna Fresh Air Experience Walk/Run
  • Bike for Your Life Century Ride
  • Salmon Arm Fall Fair Parade

We try to have information sessions held throughout the year to improve our skills and awareness. Some sessions have been:

  • Running Clinics
  • Cross Country Ski Techniques
  • First Aid Clinic
  • Bear Aware & Safe Hiking
  • Bicycle Maintenance
  • Nutrition
  • Brain Gym

Summary of Activities:

  • Wednesday Walkers – All year, Wednesdays
  • Early Bird Walkers & Thursday Walkers – 2 Groups, All year, Thursdays
  • Fido Fridays – All year , Fridays (members with dogs)
  • Breakfast Club – All year, once a month, first Thursday
  • Hiking - April to October, Mondays
  • Cycling – May to October, Wednesdays
  • Evening Walkers/Joggers/Runners – April to June (none in July/Aug) and again in September, Wednesdays
  • Saturday Walkers/Joggers/Runners - All year
  • Keep Fit Walkers - November and December
  • Snowshoeing - January to March, Mondays
  • Cross-Country Skiing – winter months based on snow conditions, Wednesdays
  • Potluck Dinners (2 per year) and Christmas Luncheon
  • Travel Nights, usually 2 per year

New members are always welcomed! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at ladystriders@gmail.com

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