BibRave Announces Winners of The BibRave 100 for 2019
December 4, 2019
The Definitive List of the Best Races in America crowns new Marathon champion
Austin, TX – BibRave, the running industry leader in grassroots digital marketing, recently announced the 2019 edition of The BibRave 100: A Definitive List of the Best Races in America. Today at an awards luncheon at The Running Event, the company revealed the final results from The BibRave 100, including the Top Five Marathons, the Top Five Half Marathons, and the Top Five 10 Miles or Less races.
[The envelope please…]
The Flying Pig Marathon was voted the The Best Marathon in America, nabbing the top spot for the first time! Runners praised this “detail-obsessed” event that embraces its adorable pig theme in every way possible. The event also earned a spot in the Best Themed Races category as well as the Best Weekend Experience category. Finally, Flying Pig’s dedication to the planet as well as its runners earned this race a coveted Green Lion Award, which recognizes innovators in sustainability, presented by Recover Brands.
For the second year in a row, the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon took home the top prize in the Half Marathon category, while also earning a nod in the Best Weekend Experience category. The AJC Peachtree Road Race maintained its dominance in the 10 Miles or Less category for the third year running.
The BibRave 100 also included a new recognition this year – the Redefine Possible Award, sponsored by AfterShokz and presented to a leader in race safety. The 2019 Redefine Possible Award went to Ted Metellus, Vice President of Events and Technical Director of the TCS NYC Marathon at New York Road Runners, for his tireless dedication to facilitating and improving the safety of all races in the running community.
The full results, including the other top finishers and the Best Themed Races, Best Weekend Experience, and Best Medals & Swag can be found at www.TheBibRave100.com.
All races listed on The BibRave 100 received The BibRave 100’s plush mascot, Benjamin, along with multiple other awards from The BibRave 100 sponsors. Each race received real-time event photos from sponsor EnMotive, a custom plaque, pin, and medallion designed by Ashworth Awards, a pair of AfterShokz Aeropex headphones, and a Recover Brands t-shirt, which uses recycled PET (plastic) and upcycled cotton to make their 100% recycled apparel. As part of their 2019 sponsorship of The BibRave 100, MYLAPS Sports Timing also created “Race Director Central,” a portal on BibRave.com that provides key insights and resources for races and race operators.
Races on The BibRave 100 received a digital awards badge to add to their website, signifying that their race has been listed as one of “The Best Races in America.” Recipients also received a digital press kit, which included publication templates, social media verbiage, and suggestions for fun ways to showcase and share images of Benjamin across social networks.
“BibRave is dedicated to the runners and races that make our industry so incredible, and we’re thrilled to once again honor the best of the best,” said Tim Murphy, Co-Founder of BibRave. “We’re proud to give a voice to runners via The BibRave 100 and highlight races that go the extra mile to get things right. The races that comprise The BibRave 100 provide an exceptional race experience to their runners and we’re happy to shine a light on their achievements.”
The BibRave 100 launched in partnership with The Running Event, and was sponsored by MYLAPS Sports Timing, AfterShokz, Recover Brands, Ashworth Awards and EnMotive. All races included in The BibRave 100 were recognized at an awards luncheon and ceremony on Wednesday, December 4th at The Running Event trade show and conference in Austin, TX. Races on The BibRave 100 received complimentary admission to The Running Event conference, including conference sessions for all race directors, powered by BibRave.
“The Running Event is thrilled to celebrate ‘The Best Races in America’ on The BibRave 100,” saidChristina Henderson, Event Manager of The Running Event. “Running brands, retailers, and races come to The Running Event every year to learn about the hottest trends in running so it’s a natural place to honor races that standout from the crowd.”
About MYLAPS Sports Timing:
MYLAPS helps athletes, timers and events to create the ultimate sports experience for participants, followers, and sponsors. Every year, MYLAPS captures the performance of over 20 million people all over the world, and turns their data into insights, progress, and fun. They offer runners a better understanding of their performance and help them with their best next steps. Founded in 1982, MYLAPS has revolutionized the world of sports timing with groundbreaking innovations and set the standard ever since. Their products and platforms are used at professional events like the Olympics and NASCAR to countless local events around the corner. More info on www.mylaps.com.
AfterShokz brings patented bone conduction technology, initially developed for military special operations and law enforcement by Voxtech in 2001, to sport, mobile and Bluetooth® headphones, designed and priced for everyday use. Through a suite of proprietary audio technologies and the only completely open ear design, AfterShokz headphones deliver premium stereo sound and a promise of safety and comfort that is second to none. Since its inception in 2011, the company has been committed to innovating unconventionally and making situational awareness a priority. Learn more about how to #BeOpen at AfterShokz.com.
About Recover Brands:
Recover’s mission is to create the best, most environmentally friendly, and socially responsible products possible, educating and inspiring those around us to live and work for a sustainable tomorrow. Recover uses recycled PET (plastic) and upcycled cotton to make its 100% recycled apparel. Just eight plastic bottles make one shirt. Learn more at recoverbrands.com.
EnMotive technology is changing the way participants capture the emotional and physical accomplishment of completing an endurance event. This one stop platform – called The HUB – handles everything from registration, timing, photos, marketing, and results. EnMotive offers a customizable product that provides events with the information you need at the tips of your fingers. Operating independently from bib/chip technology and seamlessly integrating with The HUB & Facebook, EnMotive offers the fastest, most accurate system available on the market.
For more information, head over to enmotive.com.
About Ashworth Awards
Ashworth Awards is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of custom medallions, pins, awards, ribbons and more. For over 50 years Ashworth Awards has been helping race directors, event coordinators, coaches, industry leaders stand out from the crowd with their recognition products and awards. The leaders of Team Ashworth have a passion for endurance sports, trail racing, triathlon and health and fitness overall. Learn more at ashworthawards.com.
About The Running Event and Diversified Communications:
The Running Event (therunningevent.com) is a conference and retail trade show for running specialty retailers, hosting over 2,500 attendees and over 260 exhibitors at their annual conference. Diversified Communications, owner of The Running Event, is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information visit: www.divcom.com
BibRave works with races and brands to help them engage with runners and ultimately drive more sales and registrations. Through their large network of running bloggers (BibRave Pros), their popular Twitter event (#BibChat), The BibRave Podcast (Apple, Android, or Spotify), and creative custom content programs, BibRave helps endurance brands and races go beyond simple advertising and truly connect with more runners.
The company’s consumer-facing product is a race review site where runners can learn about a race before signing up, and leave feedback after the event.