Active Living Awards celebrate individuals, nonprofits, municipalities, and businesses that lead in fostering healthy, active living in the St. Louis region. If you would like to nominate someone as a 2014 ALA recipient, fill out the nomination form. Forms can be emailed to Kay Barnes at email@example.com or mailed to the Trailnet office c/o Kay Barnes.
2013 ALA Recipients
People’s Choice Award – CLARK ALLEN
Clark Allen has been an avid cyclist and runner for his entire adult life. He lives his passion for a healthy lifestyle through his professional work in southern Missouri as well. He worked with the National Recreation and Parks Association to develop the “Step Up to Health” program that was released nationwide in 2005; and served as the first Chairperson of the “Healthy Initiatives” committee for the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association, developing non-traditional relationships with the Health and Obesity Prevention Community.
Clark has overseen initiatives in Poplar Bluff, MO to develop a greenway and trails master plan to connect neighborhoods, parks, schools, healthcare facilities, and retail businesses allowing many people to incorporate active living into their daily schedules. He was awarded a grant by the Missouri Foundation for Health to renovate an unused urban space in downtown Poplar Bluff into a safe, attractive plaza that provides opportunities for everyone to take part in activities that previously had not been available to them.
Service to Trailnet – DAVID PICKERILL
David Pickerill joined the Trailnet board of directors in January 1995. In 1998 he was elected Treasurer, a position he held until 2002 when he was elected Vice President. He then served a two year-term as President beginning in 2004. In 2008, he was again elected Treasurer. It is only this year that David is taking a break from his 15-year stint as a member of Trailnet’s Executive Committee, as he retired from his duties as Treasurer in early 2013.
David has helped Trailnet with a variety of issues: financial management, property issues around the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge and the Laclede Power Building, and in dealing with the St Louis business community. David now leads Trailnet’s Asset Management Committee, helping manage Trailnet’s trail and property legacy projects.
Business Award – BIG RIVER RUNNING COMPANY
Big River Running Company is a local business run by St. Louis natives, Matt and Katie Helbig. Since the day they opened in 2006, their mission has been to create a supportive community for runners and walkers. They hired staff and recruited volunteers who care passionately about the physical health and wellness of the St. Louis community; and they created mentoring opportunities so those new to exercise programs would have an experienced buddy to offer support. One member of their community says: “they encourage people to get off the couch and get active outside.”
Big River Running offers myriad programs that encourage the integration of physical activity into daily living. Most of these programs are free, making them accessible to the community at large.