Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Big River Running earns kudos from Indies



All hail, Big River Running, which has caught the eye of Independent We Stand, a group that honors independently owned businesses: what used to be known as Mom and Pops. Big River is featured in a story on the group's web site

In this case, the founders were Pop and Pop, Matt Helbig and Ben Rosario. The duo opened their first store in 2006  in West County, offering pizza parties for high school cross country teams to build a loyal customer base. Big River has expanded to two other stores, race management, group runs, race teams, coaching and joined with the St. Louis Sports Commission to bring the 2012 and 2013 USA Cross Country Championships here. With Big River's appearance, the rest of the running stores in the area also have stepped up, making St. Louis a much friendlier place to run.

Big River has been honored as one of the Top 50 Running Stores in the Country each year since 2007 and was a finalist in 2012 for store of the year.

They are a treasure. An independent treasure.