2015 Readers' Choice Award Winners Announced

The results are in! Here are the winners of our 2015 Readers' Choice Awards - as voted by you, our readers.

The votes are in – more than 2,200 of them! The winners of our 11th 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 2015 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: Canadian Ski Marathon
Western Canada: Canadian Birkebeiner

Best Cross Country Ski Facility
Eastern Canada: Hardwood Ski and Bike
Western Canada: Whiteshell Cross Country Ski Club

Best Cycling Club
Eastern Canada: Toronto Bicycling Network
Western Canada: Golden Cycling Club  

Best Event T-Shirt
Eastern Canada: Ultra-Trail Harricana
Western Canada: Sinister 7

Best Health/Fitness Club
National: GoodLife Fitness
Eastern Canada: Fitt Gym
Western Canada: Johnny B Fitt Fitness Centre

Best Lap Swimming Pool
Eastern Canada: U of T Athletic Centre
Western Canada: Kitsilano Pool

Best Marathon
Eastern Canada: Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Western Canada: BMO Vancouver Marathon

Best Masters Swim Club
Eastern Canada: North Toronto Masters Swim Club
Western Canada: UBC Masters Swim Club

Best Mountain Biking Event/Race
Eastern Canada: 24 Hours of Summer Solstice
Western Canada: 24 Hours of Falcon Ridge tied with 24 Hours of Adrenalin

Best Mountain Biking Facility
Eastern Canada: Hardwood Ski and Bike
Western Canada: Whistler Mountain Bike Park

Best Obstacle / Mud Racing Event
National Series: Spartan Race
Eastern Canada: MetConBlue 
Western Canada: Dirty Donkey Mud Run

Best Colour Run
National Series: Color Me Rad

Best Off-Road Triathlon
National: XTERRA
Eastern Canada: Cataraqui Adventure Trek
Western Canada: Edmonton River Valley Offroad Triathlon

Best Orienteering Event/Race
Eastern Canada: Raid the Hammer
Western Canada: Manitoba Orienteering Festival

Best Outdoors Store:
National: Mountain Equipment Co-op
Eastern Canada: Algonquin Outfitters  
Western Canada: Wilderness Supply

Best Personal Trainer
Eastern Canada:  Elaine McCrea
Western Canada: Kim Ogren, Kim’s Kickin’ Fit

Best Piece of Sports Gear or Apparel

Best Place to Buy a Bike
Eastern Canada: Gears Bike Shop
Western Canada: Different Bikes  

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: Method 

Best Place to go with a Sports Injury
Eastern Canada: Athletes Care
Western Canada: Lac du Bonnet Physiotherapy

Best Post-Race Party
National: Spartan Race  
Eastern Canada: Band on the Run  
Western Canada: Electric Donkey Run

Best Race Kit
Eastern Canada: Muskoka River X
Western Canada: That Dam Race

Best Road Cycling Race/Event
National: Cycle for Sight
Eastern Canada: Centurion
Western Canada: Tour of Alberta  

Best Road Triathlon
National: Ironman
Eastern Canada: Niagara Falls Barrelman
Western Canada: Hecla Triathlon  

Best Run Club
National: The Running Room
Eastern Canada: Tribe Fitness
Western Canada: Lions Gate Road Runners

Best Road Running Race (non-marathon)
Eastern Canada: Band on the Run
Western Canada: Winnipeg Police Services Half Marathon

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: Muskoka River X
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:
National: Hypothermic Half Marathon
Eastern Canada: Chilly Half Marathon   
Western Canada: Ice Donkey

Best Indoor Climbing Gym
Eastern Canada: Clip ‘N Climb
Western Canada: Vertical Adventures

Best Urban Race
National: City Chase
Eastern Canada: Mud Hero Urban
Western Canada: Pain in the ASSiniboine

Best Sports Photography Company
Epic Action

Best Outdoor Festival
Eastern Canada: Band on the Run
Western Canada: Fire & Water Music Festival 


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