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Competitor Magazine Announces Annual “Best of” Winners
The annual reader survey published in the January issue of Competitor recognizes the top stores, events and products for athletes
San Diego, Calif. ‐ December 21, 2012 ‐ The votes are in, and Competitor magazine’s readers have once again chosen their favorite products, events and services in the active sports world. The results of the annual reader survey—votes are tabulated on the magazine’s website—will be published in the January 2013 issue of Competitor. More than 8,000 readers voted to choose their favorites of 2012.
“Our readers go to more events, visit more stores and try more new products than anyone,” says Competitor SVP/Publisher Doug Kaplan. “Our collection of Best of Awards is a great way to find the best innovators across the country.”
Competitor magazine, which publishes eight regional editions 12 times a year, focuses on fitness‐oriented endurance sports, like running, cycling, swimming and triathlon. The magazine is targeted at adult athletes who participate in these sports for both recreation and fitness.
The categories of the Best of Awards include recognition of events, sporting goods stores, clubs, charity training programs and products that prove to be favorites of Competitor’s readership.
“The regional nature of the awards allows us to recognize what’s going on at a grass‐ roots level,” Kaplan says. Each of Competitor’s eight editions has a unique list of winners for that section of the country. “These are the running stores and races that are making waves in the local market.”
The January issue of Competitor Magazine hits the streets on December 31. The winners for the Mid‐Atlantic edition are listed below:
Competitor Best of Awards—MidAtlantic Edition Best Charity Training Program: Team in Training, www.teamintraining.org
Best Charity to Fund Raise For: Team in Training, www.teamintraining.org Best 5K/10K: Marine Corps Marathon 10K, Arlington, Va., www.marinemarathon.com Best HalfMarathon: Rock ’n’ Roll USA Marathon and Half, Washington D.C., www. runrocknroll.competitor.com/usa
Best Marathon: Marine Corps Marathon, Arlington, Va., www.marinemarathon.com Best Trail Race: Backyard Burn Trail Series, www.ex2adventures.com Best Swimming Event: Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, Baltimore, www.bayswim.com Best Women’s Event: Athleta Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon, www.irongirl.com Best Cycling Event: The Air Force Cycling Classic, Arlington, Va., www.airforcecyclingclassic.com
Best Triathlon: SavageMan Triathlon Festival, Deep Creek Lake, Md., www.savagemantri.org Best Adventure/Mud Race: Tough Mudder, www.toughmudder.com Best Destination Race: Walt Disney World Marathon, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., www.rundisney.com
Best Race Swag: Revolution 3 Triathlon, www.rev3tri.com Best Race TShirt: SavageMan Triathlon Festival, Deep Creek Lake, Md., www.savagemantri.org Best Running Shoe: Brooks, www.brooksrunning.com Best Swimming Shop: Sport Fair, Arlington, Va., www.sportfairusa.com Best Outdoor Shop: REI, www.rei.com Best Bike Shop: The Bike Lane, www.thebikelane.com Best Specialty Running Shop: Potomac River Running, potomacriverrunning.com Best Triathlon Store: Tri360, Arlington, Va., www.tri360.com Best Triathlon Club: Tri Team Z, Arlington, Va., www.teamz.sononaco.net Best Running Club: Ashburn Area Running Club, Ashburn, Va., www.ashburnrunning.org Best Sports Massage: FitProMassage, McLean, Va., www.fitpromassage.com Best Health Club: Sport & Health, www.sportandhealth.com Best CrossFit Studio: Trident CrossFit, Alexandria, Va., www.tridentcrossfitva.com Best Spinning Class: Revolve, Arlington, Va., www.revolvefitness.com Best Yoga Class: Yoga District, Washington D.C., www.yogadistrict.com Best Personal Trainer: Iwan Balcet, Alter Ego Personal Training, Alexandira, Va., www.alteregopersonaltraining.com Best Sports Rehab Center: Fast Track Physical Therapy, Falls Church, Va., www.fasttracktherapy.com Best Sports Medicine Doctor: Dr. Edward Beck, Capitol Rehab, Arlington, Va., www.capitolrehabofarlington.com
Best Energy/Recovery Drink: Chocolate milk Best Energy/Recovery Bar: Clif Bar, www.clifbar.com Best Energy/Recovery Gel: GU, www.guenergy.com Best PostRace Brunch/Party: Founding Farmers, Washington, D.C., www.wearefoundingfarmers.com Best Ski/Snowboard Resort: Snowshoe Mountain, Pocahontas County, Va., www.snowshoemtn.com Best Active Lifestyle Vehicle: Subaru Outback, www.subaru.com
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