May 24, 2017 – The Quad City Health Initiative and Bi-State Regional Commission have received the “Trails for Health Award” from American Trails in recognition of the Be Healthy QC Coalition and QCTrails.org.  The Trails for Health Award recognizes a community’s commitment to improving access to trails and promoting their use and importance for increasing physical activity.

The award was announced at American Trails’ 23rd International Trails Symposium held in Dayton, Ohio in May.  The National and International Trails Awards Program is one way American Trails recognizes the tremendous contributions and successes of exemplary people across the globe who are working to advance trails.  American Trails is the only national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail types.

QCTrails.org was developed to encourage area residents to become more active by making information available about over 300 miles of land and water trails in the Quad Cities, Illinois-Iowa region.  The website provides tools to help users find over 75 trails that support a wide variety of activities – from walking paths and hiking and biking trails to paddling/water and equestrian trails.  “We are very excited to receive this award,” said Denise Bulat, Executive Director of Bi-State Regional Commission.  “Since QCTrails.org is a free, user-friendly, interactive, and mobile-responsive website that highlights the Quad Cities’ ideal position at the intersection of two national trail systems, the American Discovery Trail and the Mississippi River Trail.”

QCTrails.org was developed through a partnership between the Quad City Health Initiative and Bi-State Regional Commission as part of Be Healthy QC (BHQC).  The partnership has featured contributions from many local organizations.  QCTrails.org was made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau President Joe Taylor presented the Trails for Health Award to Bi-State Regional Commission Chair Carol Earnhardt.