BEST OF AWARDS 2014 – Charlotte

BEST OF AWARDS 2014 – Charlotte

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Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Fifth Annual Endurance Magazine Best Of North Carolina winners and finalists! And thank you to all of our readers who voted in our online poll. It’s amazing how passionate we are about our favorite places to shop, eat, buy gear, race, train and repair ourselves from all our hard work living an endurance lifestyle.

Have fun reading this year’s BEST OF awards and be sure to congratulate the winners and finalists next time you see them!

Best Running Specialty Retailer – Charlotte

Best Place to Buy Running Shoes

Run For Your Life

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Co.

Best Place to Buy Trail Running Shoes

Run For Your Life

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Co.

Best Place to Buy Apparel

Run For Your Life

Runner Up – TrySports

Best Place to Buy Women’s Apparel

Run For Your Life

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Co.

Best Customer Service

Run For Your Life

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Co.

Best Cycling Specialty Retailer – Charlotte

Best Place to Buy a Road Bike

Bicycle Sport

Runner Up – TrySports

Best Place to Buy a Mountain Bike

Bicycle Sport

Runner Up – Cool Breeze Cyclery / Trek Bicycle Store of Charlotte

Best Place to Buy a Tri Bike

TrySports

Runner Up – InsideOut Sports

Best Place to Buy a Kid’s Bike

Bicycle Sport

Runner Up – BikeSource

Best Customer Service

Bicycle Sport

Runner Up – TrySports

Best Outdoor Specialty Retailer – Charlotte

Best Place to Buy Camping Gear

REI

Runner Up – Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Best Place to Buy Hiking Gear

REI

Runner Up – Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Best Place to Buy Canoes/Kayaks & SUPs

REI

Runner Up – Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Best Place to Buy Outdoor Apparel

REI

Runner Up – Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Best Customer Service

REI

Runner Up – Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Best Charlotte Area Running Events

Best 5K

Yiasou Greek Festival 5K

Runner Up – TIE – Go Jen Go! & Southend Shuffle

Best 10K

Hit the Brixx 10K

Runner Up – Charlotte RaceFest

Best 10 Miler

Charlotte 10 Miler

Runner Up – TIE – Spencer Mountain 10 Miler & Tar Heel 10 Miler

Best Half-Marathon

Thunder Road Half Marathon

Runner Up – Charlotte RaceFest

Best Marathon

Thunder Road Marathon

Runner Up – New River Marathon

Best Trail Run

Whitewater Race Series

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Company Trail Race

Best Women’s Running Event

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Runner Up – TIE – Race for Peace at Home & Black Girls Run – WalkB4URun 5K

Best Turkey Trot

Southpark Turkey Trot

Runner Up – Lake Norman Turkey Trot

Best Charlotte Area Triathlon Events

Best Kids’ Triathlon

Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Kids Triathlon

Runner Up – Kids’ Tri! Ballantyne

Best Sprint

Tri Latta Triathlon

Runner Up – Lake Norman YMCA Triathlon

Best Olympic/International

Stumpy Creek Triathlon

Runner Up – Over The Mountain Triathlon

Best Half-Iron

Beach2Battleship

Best Iron Distance

Beach2Battleship

Best Women’s Triathlon

Ramblin’ Rose

Runner Up – Dixie Divas

Best Charlotte Area Cycling Events

Best Criterium

TIE – NoDa Grand Prix & Dilworth Criterium

Runner Up – Novant Criterium

Best Century Ride

Lake Norman Excursion

Runner Up – Blood Sweat & Gears

Best Mountain Bike Race

Charlotte Summer Series

Runner Up – Tree Shaker at Anne Springs

Best Charity Ride

24 Hours of Booty

Runner Up – The Good Ride

Best Road Race

Rock Hill Bicycle Club Classic Road Race

Best Cyclocross Race

NCCX at Veterans Park

Runner Up – NCCX Salisbury

Other Charlotte Area Events

Best Obstacle Race

Spartan Beast

Runner Up – TIE – Warrior Dash & Tough Mudder

Best Color Run

The Color Run

Runner Up – Color Me Rad

Best Endurance Charity Event

24 Hours of Booty

Runner Up – The Good Ride

Charlotte Area Awards

Best Pre-Race Expo

Thunder Road

Runner Up – 24 Hours of Booty

Best Post-Race Experience

Hit the Brixx

Runner Up – Thunder Road

Best Event Medal

Thunder Road

Runner Up – Rocktoberfest

Best Event Swag

24 Hours of Booty

Runner Up – Thunder Road

Best Places to Fuel Up in Charlotte Area

Grocery Store

Harris Teeter

Runner Up – Trader Joe’s

Best Breakfast

Toast

Runner Up – The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Best Pizza Place

Fuel

Runner Up – Hawthorne’s

Best Coffee Shop

Starbucks

Runner Up – Dilworth Coffee

Best Local Brew

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Runner Up – NoDa Brewing Company

Best Place to Hang Post-Workout

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Runner Up – Triple C Brewery

Best Places to Work Out in Charlotte Area

Best Wellness Facility

YMCA

Runner Up – Carolina Sports Clinic

Best Fitness Club

YMCA

Runner Up – Charlotte Athletic Club

Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Inner Peaks

Best Yoga Studio

Be Yoga

Runner Up – Yoga One

Best Outdoor Pool

Harris YMCA

Runner Up – Blakeney Swim & Racquet Club

Best Indoor Pool

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center

Runner Up – Blakeney Swim & Racquet Club

Best Charity Training Program

Team in Training

Runner Up – Tri it For Life

Best Places to Repair Yourself in Charlotte Area

Best Sports Medicine Practice

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up – TIE – Greenapple Sports and Wellness & OrthoCarolina

Best Physical Therapy Practice

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up – OrthoCarolina

Best Chiropractic Practice

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up – Greenapple Sports and Wellness

Best Place to Get a Massage

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up – Greenapple Sports and Wellness

Best Spa Facility

The Spa at Ballantyne

Runner Up – Ritz Carlton