Competitor Announces Annual “Best of” Winners

December 21st, 2011

The annual reader survey published in the January issue of Competitor Magazine recognizes the top stores, events and products for athletes

San Diego, Calif. ‐ December 21, 2011 ‐ 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 2012 issue of Competitor. More than 5,000 readers voted to choose their favorites of 2011.

“Our readers go to more events, visit more stores and try more new products than anyone,” said Doug Kaplan, SVP/Publisher of Competitor. “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, gyms 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 grassroots 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 30. To view the 2011 winners in each region, visit

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

About Competitor Group

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) is the leading active lifestyle resource dedicated to promoting the sports of running, cycling and triathlon. CGI is a portfolio company of the investment firm Falconhead Capital, which specializes in growing companies in the consumer sector of the leisure and lifestyle space. CGI owns and operates more than 55 events around the world, including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, TriRock Triathlon Series and Columbia Muddy Buddy Series; which will deliver more than 600,000 professional and amateur participants in 2012. CGI publishes four magazine titles including Velo, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete and Competitor with a combined monthly circulation of 600,000. In addition, the company hosts a captive lifestyle community online at, delivering over 3 million monthly unique visitors and 25 million page views. CGI recently acquired and soft launched Race It Race Services, an online registration platform that provides marketing, product and other essential race services for endurance industry events of all sizes. Further information about CGI and its media properties can be found at

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