Trail Worker Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.


Louisiana: Raymond Pellerin

Since retiring from his business career, Raymond Pellerin has dedicated his time and efforts to the annual Tour du Teche Kayak and Canoe Race, a marathon race spanning the entire 135-mile length of Bayou Teche in Louisiana.

To make this three-day event successful, Raymond spearheaded collaboration between numerous stakeholders, including four Parishes and local Native American Tribal Lands, and joined forces with a local organization to keep the Bayou Teche clean.

Over the years, Raymond has expanded his efforts, including developing the Petit Tour du Teche (for ages 5-17), creating instructional paddle day camps, and creating a mobile command center on the Bayou Teche to ensure it is a favored destination for racers and recreational paddlers for years to come.

For the last six years, Raymond has committed himself to creating a world class event that showcases the culture and lifestyle of south Louisiana, preserves the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail, and keeps the Bayou clean.