“This region has an incredible trail system for running and cycling for my kids and me.”
Steve Snyder sees the world through all manner of transport. As supervisor in Alcoa’s Global Business Services, he has flown around the world to Alcoa locations in Australia, Europe, Brazil and Canada.
He has hiked and biked over 10,000 miles in southwestern Pennsylvania, New York and Canada. With his children -- Gabriel, 14; Elizabeth, 13; and Belle, 11—he has completed the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O bike trails connecting Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. A favorite rest stop for this foursome is Cedar Creek Park along the Youghiogheny River portion of the GAP Trail. The family has also completed the Erie Canal, and circumnavigated Lake Ontario, both just a few hours north of Pittsburgh. He’s a regular rider in the annual MS 150 from Pittsburgh to Erie and has ridden the Altoona to State College-and-back ride.
His enthusiasm caught on with fellow employees at Alcoa and Steve started an Alcoa cycling team that the Alcoa Foundation helps to support through monetary donations and team shirts. The 20 cyclists have raised more than $150,000 since 2002 for multiple sclerosis. ‘Alcoans,’ as the employees are known, share in that zest for getting outside and in the community. “Last year alone, we gave more than 800,000 hours globally towards community service projects for causes important to our communities in more than 30 countries.” The company supports this with donations to those causes and encourages Alcoans to succeed. “I am so proud to work for a company whose vision is 'Advancing Each Generation.' We’ve created outstanding partnerships to improve the environment and to educate tomorrow’s leaders.”
Steve’s a runner too, and often trains with his children on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail downtown, the Montour Trail and the GAP trail. In fact, each of the kids has already completed nine full marathons.
When the whole family gets involved, including Steve’s wife, Christie, they can be found at Kennywood Park, where they have season passes, or at one of the Carnegie Museums. “We go to the Carnegie Science Center just about every weekend in the winter.” The National Aviary, Pittsburgh Zoo and Ohiopyle are high on their list too. Steve and Christie are also loyal to Bar 48 & Grille in his hometown of Elizabeth Township, a community of about 1,500 along the Monongahela River in southeastern Allegheny County. Steve says has the region’s best wings with a variety of sauces and seasonings on tap.
And of course, as a native Pittsburgher, Steve’s a huge sports fan, especially of Pirates baseball and Pitt basketball.