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Contact:”¨Dan Cruz, Manager of Public Relations, Competitor Group dcruz@competitorgroup.com”¨858”768”6425

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””Mid ­Atlantic 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 Half ­Marathon: 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.orgӬBest Adventure/Mud Race: Tough Mudder, www.toughmudder.comӬBest Destination Race: Walt Disney World Marathon, Lake Buena Vista, Fla., www.rundisney.com

Best Race Swag: Revolution 3 Triathlon, www.rev3tri.com”¨Best Race T ­Shirt: 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.triteamz.com”¨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 Post ­Race 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

About Competitor”¨Competitor is the world’s leading voice of endurance athletics. Competitor engages active people from runners to cyclists and outdoors adventurers to fulfill one simple mission: to inspire a healthy, active lifestyle. Competitor empowers readers across the country, with world”class journalism and photography, to become community leaders through their adventurous lifestyle and courageous spirit. For more information, please visit Competitor.com.