2013 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners Announced

Today Get Out There Magazine announced the winners of its 8th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, which recognizes the people, places, events and organizations that support active living in Canada.

The coveted RCAs are awarded in over thirty different categories - spanning everything from best marathon to favourite adventure race, and are broken down into Eastern Canada, Western Canada and National awards. Winners are determined by the highest number of reader votes cast in each category.

In 2013 over 1,900 readers cast votes.

Notable winners this year include the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (Eastern Canada) and the Manitoba Marathon (Western Canada) as “Best Marathons”, the Around the Bay 30K Road Race (Eastern Canada) and the new Vancouver Eastside 10K (Western Canada) as “Best Running Event”. The RBC GranFondo Whistler and Cycle 4 Sight took top honours as Western Canada’s “Best Cycling Event”.

Complete results of the 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards have been published in the February issue of Get Out There Magazine, which hits the streets February 1st. Results are also available at the bottom of this document.

Voting will open for the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards next month and will be open through December 1, 2014. Organizations are invited to let their supporters know about the Awards and encourage them to vote.

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2013 RCA Winners

Best Adventure Race
East: Storm the Trent
West: Swamp Donkey Adventure Race

Best Charity Training Program
East: Anne’s Team
National: Team in Training

Best Cross Country Ski Event or Race
East: Canadian Ski Marathon
West: Canadian Birkebeiner

Best Cross Country Ski Facility
East: Hardwood Ski and Bike
West: Canmore Nordic Centre

Best Cycling Club
East: ShortHills Cycling Club
West: United Riders of Crowsnest

Best Event T-Shirt
East: Ultra-Trail Harricana de Charlevoix
West: Squamish 50
National: Spartan Race

Best Health/Fitness Club
East: Omega Health and Fitness
West: Aspire Fitness
National: GoodLife Fitness

Best Lap Swimming Pool
East: University of Toronto Athletic Centre
West: Kitsilano Pool

Best Marathon
East: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
West: Manitoba Marathon

Best Masters Swim Club
East: North Toronto Masters Swim Club

Best Mountain Biking Event or Race
East: Six in the Hood
West: BC Bike Race

Best Mountain Biking Facility
East: Hardwood Ski and Bike
West: Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Best Obstacle/Mud Racing Event
East: Spartan Race*
West: Dirty Donkey Mud Run
National: Mud Hero

*In Canada, Spartan Race has different operators in our Eastern Canada and Western Canada award regions. To this end, Spartan votes were tallied on a regional basis
Best Colour Run
National: Color Me Rad
Best Off-Road Triathlon
East: Mine Over Matter
West: XTERRA Canmore*

*While an XTERRA event will take place in our Eastern Canada award region in 2014, this category was awarded based on XTERRA’s Western Canada-only presence in 2013.

Best Orienteering Event/Race
East: Raid the Hammer
West: Manitoba Orienteering Provincials

Best Outdoors Store
East: SAIL
West: Wilderness Supply
National: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Best Personal Trainer
East: Darren Wedlrick, The Urban Athlete
West: Kim Ogren - Kim's Kickin' Fit

Best Piece of Sports Clothing
lululemon athletica Speed Shorts

Best Place to Buy a Bike
East: Gears Bike Shop
West: Bikes and Beyond
National: Mountain Equipment Co-op

Best Place to Buy Running Shoes
East: The Runners Shop
West: Fast Trax Run & Ski Shop
National: Running Room

Best Place to Buy Tri Gear
East: Running Free
West: Element Sports

Best Place to do a Spin Class
East: Quad Spinning
West: Servus Place
National: YMCA

Best Place to go with a Sports Injury
East: The Urban Athlete
West: Pan Am Clinic

Best Post-Event Party
East: Ultra-Trail Harricana de Charlevoix
West: Dirty Donkey Mud Run

Best Race Kit
East: Furry Friends 5K
West: SeaWheeze Half Marathon

Best Road Biking Event/Race
East: Cycle for Sight
West: RBC GranFondo Whistler

Best Road Triathlon
East: Toronto Triathlon Festival
West: Kenora Borealis Triathlon
National: Ironman 70.3

Best Running Club
East: Guelph Victors
West: Fast Trax Run & Ski Shop Club
National: Running Room

Best Road Running Event (non-marathon)
East: Around the Bay
West: Vancouver Eastside 10K

Best Ski Hill
East: Blue Mountain
West: Whistler-Blackcomb

Best Snowshoe Race/Event
East: Snowshoe Raid
West: Blitz Snowshoe Fun Run
National: The Yeti Snowshoe Series*

*At press time the Yeti does not have any Eastern Canada events scheduled for 2014. However, their standing as a national series is based on their 2013 series, which included a race in Ontario.

Best Sports Drink

Best Sports Nutrition Food
Clif Bar

Best SUP Event/Race
East: Muskoka River X
West: Kalamalka Classic Stand Up Paddle Festival

Best Trail/Ultra Running Event
East: Ultra-Trail Harricana de Charlevoix
West: Sinister 7 Ultra
National: 5 Peaks Trail Running Series

Best Winter Event
East: Robbie Burns 8K
West: Ice Donkey Winter Adventure

Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
East: Climber’s Rock
West: Vertical Adventures

Best Urban Race
West: Pain in the ASSiniboine
National: City Chase

Best Race Photography Company
Kelly Morton Photography

Best Outdoor Festival
East: Winterlude
West: Fire & Water Music Festival


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