Taking Competitor’s ‘Best of’ Survey

By Pete Williams

Best trail race – Yak-a-Thon?

Competitor Magazine is holding its annual survey for the best in endurance sports for 2012, surveying people in each of the eight regions where it publishes a magazine. Voters select 37 categories, including best marathon, triathlon store, and personal trainer.

Here’s our vote:

(Instructions: Write in your LOCAL Winners for:)

Best Charity Training Program – Too many to choose just one

Best Charity to Fundraise for – Too many to choose just one

Best 5K/10K – Oldsmar Tap House/Beer Run 5K

Best MarathonX-Country Marathon (Alafia River)

Best Half-MarathonFlorida Challenge Trail Half Marathon (Alafia River)

Best Trail RaceYak-a-Thon Adventure Race (Winter Garden)

Best Swimming/Watersports Event – Pacifico Paddle (SUP) Challenge (St. Pete)

Best Women’s EventWomen’s Half Marathon (St. Pete)

Best Cycling Event – Team Tony’s Cycle of Life

Best TriathlonTop Gun Triathlon

Best Adventure/Mud Race – Too many strong candidates to choose just one

Training at TNL Tampa

Best Race SwagWarrior Dash (Lake Wales)

Best Race T-ShirtHighlander Adventure Run (Winter Garden)

Best Running Shoe – Too many strong candidates to choose just one

Best Swim ShopAll-American Aquatics (Clearwater)

Best Outdoor ShopBill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure (Pinellas Park)

Best Bike ShopOutspokin’ Bicycles (Clearwater)

Best Specialty Running StoreFitNiche (Lakeland)

Best Triathlon StoreKona Multisport (Tampa)

Best Running Club – Running Commando

Best Triathlon Club – Team Espresso Love

Best Sports Massage – Enhanced Performance/Karen Stromberg

Best Health Club – N/A

Best CrossFit StudioTNL Tampa

Best Spinning Class – LA Fitness Countryside, Fla. (Alyssa Bubeck)

Best Sports Rehab CenterAthletes’ Performance (Gulf Breeze, Fla.)

Best Sports Doctor – Michael Reilly (St. Petersburg)

Top Gun Triathlon

Best Yoga Class – Cathy Winters (Land O’Lakes)

Best Sports/Recovery DrinkMix1

Best Energy BarKawaii Bar

Best Energy Gel – GU (Espresso Love flavor)

Best Postrace BrunchSharks Siesta Key Triathlon

Best Active Lifestyle Vehicle – Jeep Liberty or Wrangler

Best Personal Trainer – Sophia Zayfman

Favorite Destination RaceCaliente Bare Dare 5K (Land O’Lakes, Fla.)

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