BEST OF AWARDS 2015 – Charlotte

BEST OF AWARDS 2015 – Charlotte

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Congratulations to this year’s winners of the Sixth 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

Fleet Feet Sports

Runner Up – Run For Your Life

Best Place to Buy Trail Running Shoes

Charlotte Running Co.

Runner Up – Fleet Feet Sports

Best Place to Buy Apparel

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Co.

Best Place to Buy Women’s Apparel

Athleta

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Co.

Best Customer Service

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up – Run For Your Life

Best Cycling Specialty Retailer – Charlotte

Best Place to Buy a Road Bike

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up – Bicycle Sport

Best Place to Buy a Mountain Bike

Bicycle Sport

Runner Up – Performance Bicycle

Best Place to Buy a Tri Bike

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up – Bicycle Sport / Cool Breeze Cyclery

Best Place to Buy a Kid’s Bike

Bicycle Sport

Runner Up – Performance Bicycle

Best Customer Service

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up – Bicycle Sport

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

Kasey Kahne 5K

Runner Up – OrthoCarolina 5K

Best 10K

OrthoCarolina 10K

Runner Up – Hit the Brixx

Best 10 Miler

Charlotte 10 Miler

Runner Up – Tar Heel 10 Miler

Best Half-Marathon

Thunder Road Half Marathon

Runner Up – Charlotte RaceFest

Best Marathon

Thunder Road Marathon

Runner Up – Peak to Creek Marathon

Best Trail Run

Table Rock Ultras

Runner Up – Charlotte Running Company Trail Race

Best Women’s Running Event

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Runner Up – Girls on the Run

Best Turkey Trot

Southpark Turkey Trot

Runner Up – Ruby C. Hunt YMCA Turkey Trot

Best Charlotte Area Triathlon Events

Best Kids’ Triathlon

Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Kids Triathlon

Runner Up – McCarthy Kids’ Triathlon

Best Sprint

Jimmie Johnson Cane Creek Triathlon

Runner Up – Tri at the Trump

Best Olympic/International

TIE: Stumpy Creek Triathlon / Over The Mountain Triathlon

Runner Up – Belews Lake

Best Half-Iron

Ironman Raleigh 70.3

Runner Up – Beach2Battleship

Best Iron Distance

Beach2Battleship

Best Women’s Triathlon

Ramblin’ Rose Huntersville

Runner Up – Ramblin’ Rose South Charlotte

Best Charlotte Area Cycling Events

Best Criterium

Dilworth Criterium

Runner Up – Novant Health Criterium

Best Century Ride

Blood, Sweat & Gears

Runner Up – Velo4Yellow

Best Mountain Bike Race

Winter Short Track Series

Runner Up – Off-Road Assault on Mount Mitchell

Best Charity Ride

24 Hours of Booty

Runner Up – Bike Luck

Best Road Race

Giordana Crossroads

Best Cyclocross Race

NCCX at Veterans Park

Other Charlotte Area Events

Best Obstacle Race

Spartan Beast

Runner Up – Warrior Dash

Best Endurance Charity Event

24 Hours of Booty

Runner Up – Get Your Rear in Gear

Charlotte Area Awards

Best Pre-Race Expo

Thunder Road

Runner Up – Kasey Kahne 5K

Best Post-Race Experience

Hit the Brixx

Runner Up – Thunder Road

Best Event Medal

Thunder Road

Runner Up – OrthoCarolina 10K

Best Event SWAG

Thunder Road

Runner Up – Kasey Kahne 5K

Best Places to Fuel Up in Charlotte Area

Grocery Store

TIE: Harris Teeter / Publix

Runner Up – Trader Joe’s

Best Breakfast

Toast

Runner Up – The Flying Biscuit Cafe

Best Pizza Place

Hawthorne’s Pizza

Runner Up – Mellow Mushroom

Best Coffee Shop

Starbucks

Runner Up – Rush Espresso

Best Local Brew

NoDa Jam Session

Runner Up – OMB Copper

Best Place to Hang Post-Workout

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Runner Up – Starbucks

Best Places to Work Out in Charlotte Area

Best Wellness Facility

Harris YMCA

Runner Up – Dowd YMCA

Best Fitness Club

Camp Gladiator

Runner Up – Harris YMCA

Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Inner Peaks

Runner Up – Whitewater Center

Best Yoga Studio

Yoga One

Runner Up – Arrichion Hot Yoga

Best Pilates Studio

Yoga One

Runner Up – Pilates Physique

Best Outdoor Pool

Cordelia Pool

Runner Up – Harris YMCA

Best Indoor Pool

Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics

Runner Up – Mecklenburg Aquatic Center

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

OrthoCarolina

Runner Up – Carolina Sports Clinic

Best Physical Therapy Practice

Select Physical Therapy

Runner Up – OrthoCarolina

Best Chiropractic Practice

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up – Greenapple Sports & Wellness

Best Place to Get a Massage

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up – TIE: Elements Massage / Zen Massage

Best Spa Facility

The Spa at Ballantyne

Runner Up – Massage Envy