2014 Readers’ Choice Awards

The votes have been tallied (over 2,500 of them) and the winners have been chosen. Drumroll please!

The votes are in – more than 2,500 of them! The winners of our 10th annual Readers’ Choice Awards represent the best races, businesses, places and events as decided by you, our readers. Where applicable, Readers’ Choice Awards are presented in three geographic regions: Eastern Canada (Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada), Western Canada (Alberta, B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories) and National. Awards in the National category represent events or organizations with at least one event/operation in both the Eastern Canada and Western Canada divisions. Winners in the National category are not eligible to win a regional award. Where there are no votes or a multi-way tie (with more than four winners), no winner is indicated. Congratulations to all of our 2014 award winners.

Best Adventure Race

Eastern Canada: Storm the Trent

Western Canada: The Swamp Donkey

Best Charity Training Program

Team in Training

Best Cross Country Ski Race / Event

Eastern Canada: Gatineau Loppet

Western Canada: Canadian Birkebeiner

Best Cross Country Ski Facility

Eastern Canada: Hardwood Ski and Bike

Western Canada: Canmore Nordic Centre

Best Cycling Club

Eastern Canada: Toronto Bicycling Network

Western Canada: United Riders of Crowsnest

Best Event T-Shirt

Eastern Canada: Ultra-Trail Harricana

Western Canada: Sinister 7

Best Health/Fitness Club

National: GoodLife Fitness

Eastern Canada: Buns of Steel Boot Camp

Western Canada: Aspire Fitness

Best Lap Swimming Pool

Eastern Canada: Regent Park Aquatic Centre

Western Canada: Kinsmen Sports Centre tied with Kitsilano Pool

Best Marathon

Eastern Canada: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Western Canada: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Best Masters Swim Club

Eastern Canada: Nepean Masters Swim Club

Western Canada: LifeSport Swim Masters

Best Mountain Biking Event/Race

Eastern Canada: 24 Hours of Summer Solstice

Western Canada: BC Bike Race

Best Mountain Biking Facility

Eastern Canada: Hardwood Ski and Bike

Western Canada: Canmore Nordic Centre

Best Obstacle / Mud Racing Event

National Series: Mud Hero

Eastern Canada: XMAN Montreal

Western Canada: Dirty Donkey Mud Run

Best Colour Run

National Series: Color Me Rad

Eastern Canada/Western Canada: No clear winner

Best Off-Road Triathlon

Eastern Canada: Mine Over Matter

Western Canada: Edmonton River Valley Offroad Triathlon

Best Orienteering Event/Race

Eastern Canada: Raid the Hammer

Western Canada: Manitoba Orienteering Association Jessica Lake

Best Outdoors Store:

National: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Eastern Canada: Bushtukah

Western Canada: Wilderness Supply

Best Personal Trainer

Eastern Canada: Jay Quarmby, Southern Cross Fitness

Western Canada: Kim Ogren, Kim’s Kickin’ Fit

Best Piece of Sports Gear or Apparel

Asics GEL-Cumulus Running Shoes

Best Place to Buy a Bike

Eastern Canada: Gears Bike Shop

Western Canada: Bikes and Beyond

Best Place to Buy Running Shoes

National: The Running Room

Eastern Canada: The Runners Shop

Western Canada: Fast Trax Run and Ski Shop

Best Place to Buy Tri Gear

Eastern Canada: Enduro Sport

Western Canada: Tri It Multisport

Best Place to Do a Spin Class

National: GoodLife Fitness

Eastern Canada: Quad Spinning

Western Canada: Tri It Multisport

Best Place to go with a Sports Injury

Eastern Canada: 361 Degree Chiropractic Sports & Wellness

Western Canada: Pan Am Clinic

Best Post-Race Party

National: Mud Hero

Eastern Canada: Muskoka River X

Western Canada: Electric Donkey Run

Best Race Kit

National: 5 Peaks Adventures - Trail Running Series

Eastern Canada: Muskoka River X

Western Canada: SeaWheeze Half Marathon

Best Road Cycling Race/Event

Eastern Canada: Wellspring Peloton Challenge

Western Canada: RBC GranFondo Whistler

Best Road Triathlon

Eastern Canada: Niagara Falls Barrelman

Western Canada: The Great White North Triathlon

Best Run Club

National: The Running Room

Eastern Canada: Tribe Fitness

Western Canada: Fast Trax Run and Ski Shop

Best Road Running Race (non-marathon)

Eastern Canada: Around the Bay Road Race

Western Canada: Winnipeg 10 & 10

Best Ski Hill

Eastern Canada: Blue Mountain Resort

Western Canada: Whistler Blackcomb

Best Snowshoe Race / Event

Eastern Canada: Don’t Get Lost Snowshoe Raid

Western Canada: The Yeti – Snowshoe Racing Series

Best Sports Drink


Best Sport Nutrition Food

GORP Clean Energy Bar

Best SUP Race

Eastern Canada: Eastern Canada SUP Championships  

Western Canada: Kalamalka Classic

Best Trail/Ultra Run

National: 5 Peaks Trail Running Series

Eastern Canada: UTHC Harricana

Western Canada: Sinister 7 Ultra

Best Winter Race:

Eastern Canada: Pentathlon des Neiges

Western Canada: Ice Donkey

Best Indoor Climbing Gym

Eastern Canada: Climber’s Rock Indoor Climbing Gym

Western Canada: Vertically Inclined

Best Urban Race

National: City Chase

Eastern Canada: No clear winner

Western Canada: Pain in the ASSiniboine

Best Sports Photography Company

Kelly Morton Photography

Best Outdoor Festival

Eastern Canada: Montreal International Jazz Fest

Western Canada: Fire & Water Music Festival



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