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2016 BEST OF North Carolina Awards

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BEST RUNNING RETAILERS

Best Place to buy Running Shoes

TIE: Charlotte Running Co | Run for Your Life

Runner Up: Fleet Feet Sports

Best Place to buy Trail Running Shoes

Charlotte Running Co

Runner Up: Run for Your Life

Best Place to buy Apparel

Run for Your Life

Runner Up: Charlotte Running Co

Best Place to buy Women’s Apparel

Athleta

Runner Up: Charlotte Running Co

Best Customer Service

Run for Your Life

Runner Up: Charlotte Running Co

BEST CYCLING RETAILERS

Best place to buy a Road Bike

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up: Cool Breeze Cyclery

Best place to buy a Mountain Bike

REI

Runner Up: Cool Breeze Cyclery

Best place to buy a Tri Bike

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up: Cool Breeze Cyclery

Best place to buy a Kids Bike

Bicycle Sport

Runner Up: Bike Source

Best Customer Service

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up: Cool Breeze Cyclery

BEST OUTDOOR SPECIALTY RETAILER

Best place to buy Camping Gear

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Hiking Gear

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Canoes/Kayaks & SUP’s

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Outdoor Apparel

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best Customer Service

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

OTHER EVENTS

Best Obstacle Race

Spartan Race

Runner Up: Warrior Dash

Best Kids Event

Kasey Kahne 5K & Kids Dash

Runner Up: Steve Smith Foundation Memorial Day 5k

Best Endurance Charity Event

Novant Health Charlotte Marathon

Runner Up: 24 hours of Booty

BEST RUNNING EVENTS

Isabella Santos Foundation Race For Kids

Best 5K

Greekfest 5K

Runner Up: NoDa 5K

Best 10K

Hit the Brixx

Runner Up: OrthoCarolina 10K

Best 10 miler

Charlotte 10 Miler

Best Half-Marathon

Novant Health Charlotte Half Marathon

Runner Up: Charlotte RaceFest

Best Marathon

Novant Health Charlotte Marathon

Runner Up: Tobacco Road Marathon

Best Trail Run

Charlotte Running Company Trail Race

Runner Up: Whitewater Center Race Series

Best Women’s Running Event

Ramblin’ Rose

Best Turkey Trot

Southpark Turkey Trot at Southpark

Runner Up: Turkey Dash Charlotte

BEST CYCLING EVENTS

Best Kids Cycling Event

BIKE! Charlotte Learn to Ride

Best Criterium

Dilworth Crit

Best Century Ride

Blood Sweat and Gears

Runner Up: Carolina Century

Best Mountain Bike Race

Winter Short Track Series

Best Charity Ride

Tie: 24 Hours of Booty, Blood Sweat & Gears

Runners Up: Tour de Cure, Morrison Metric

Best Road Race

Crossroads Cycling Classic

Best Cyclocross Race

NCCX North Carolina Cyclo-Cross

BEST TRIATHLON

Best Kids Triathlon

Cannon YMCA Kids Triathlon

Runner Up: HFFA Kids Tri

Best Sprint

Tri Latta

Runner Up: Jimmie Johnson’s Lake Davidson Tri

Best Olympic/Intl

Stumpy Creek International

Runner Up: Lake Logan

Best Half-Iron

Lake Logan Half

Runner Up: Augusta 70.3

Best Iron Distance

Ironman North Carolina

Runner Up: Ironman Chattanooga

Best Women’s Triathlon

Ramblin’ Rose

BEST AWARDS

Best Pre-Race Expo

Charlotte Marathon

Runner Up: NoDa 5K

Best Post-Race Experience

Hit the Brixx

Runner Up: Novant Charlotte Marathon

Best Event Medal

Novant Charlotte Marathon

Runners Up: NoDa 5K, OrthoCarolina Classic

Best Event SWAG

Huntersville Half Marathon

Runner Up: Charlotte Running Company Trail Race

BEST PLACES TO REPAIR YOURSELF

Best Sports Medicine Practice

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up: 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

Runners Up: Urbana, Zen Massage

BEST PLACES TO WORKOUT

Best Wellness Facility

Carolina Sports Clinic

Runner Up: Harris YMCA

Best Fitness Club

YMCA

Runner Up: Hardcore Serious Fitness

Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Inner Peaks

Best Yoga Studio

Y2 Yoga

Runners Up: Be Yoga

Best Pilates Studio

Pilates of Charlotte

Best Outdoor Pool

Harris YMCA

Best Indoor Pool

Mecklenburg Aquatic Center

Runner Up: Harris YMCA

Best Charity Training Program

Tie: Isabella Santos Foundation, Tri It For Life

Runner Up: Team in Training

BEST PLACES TO FUEL UP

Best Grocery Store

Harris Teeter

Runner Up: Publix

Best Breakfast

Toast

Runner Up: Flying Biscuit

Best Pizza Place

Brixx

Runner Up: Brooklyn South Pizza

Best Coffee Shop

Starbucks

Runner Up: Rush Espresso

Best Local Brew

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Runner Up: NoDa Brewery

Best place to hang post-workout

Starbucks

Runner Up: Rush Espresso

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BEST RUNNING RETAILERS

Best Place to buy Running Shoes

Bull City Running

Runner Up: Fleet Feet Sports, Carrboro/Durham

Best Place to buy Trail Running Shoes

Bull City Running

Runner Up: Fleet Feet Sports, Carrboro/Durham

Best Place to buy Apparel

Bull City Running

Runner Up: Inside-Out Sports

Best Place to buy Women’s Apparel

Athleta

Runner Up: Bull City Running

Best Customer Service

Bull City Running

Runner Up: Inside-Out Sports

BEST CYCLING RETAILERS

Best place to buy a Road Bike

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up: Performance Bicycle

Best place to buy a Mountain Bike

The Bicycle Chain

Runner Up: Performance Bicycle

Best place to buy a Tri Bike

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up: Performance Bicycle

Best place to buy a Kids Bike

Performance Bicycle

Runner Up: The Bicycle Chain

Best Customer Service

Inside-Out Sports

Runner Up: Performance Bicycle

Best OUTDOOR Specialty Retailer

Best place to buy Camping Gear

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Hiking Gear

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Canoes/Kayaks & SUP’s

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Outdoor Apparel

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best Customer Service

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

OTHER EVENTS

Best Obstacle Race

Spartan Race

Best Kids Event

Rocket Mile

Runner Up: Got Grit 5K

Best Endurance Charity Event

Rocky Mount Mill 5K

Runner Up: Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo

BEST RUNNING EVENTS

Best Mile Run

Rocket Mile

Runner Up: Sir Walter Raleigh Miler

Best 5K

Rocky Mount Mills 5K

Runner Up: Florence Forth

Best 10K

Florence Forth

Runner Up: Carrboro 10K

Best 10 miler

Tarheel 10 Miler

Runner Up: Medoc Trail 10 Miler

Best Half-Marathon

Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon

Runner Up: Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo

Best Marathon

Tobacco Road Marathon

Runner Up: Medoc Trail Marathon

Best Trail Run

Medoc Trail Races

Runner Up: Eno River Run

Best Women’s Running Event

Esprit de She

Runner Up: Ramblin’ Rose

Best Turkey Trot

Ridgewood Turkey Trot

Runner Up: Carrboro Gobble & Gorge

BEST CYCLING EVENTS

Best Kids Cycling Event

Marbles Kids’ Museum Bike Rodeo

Best Criterium

Berger Hardware Bikes

Best Century Ride

Velo 4 Yellow

Runner Up: Carolina Century

Best Mountain Bike Race

Umstead Gravel Grinder

Best Charity Ride

Velo 4 Yellow

Runner Up: Raven Rock Ramble

Best Road Race

Falls Lake Road Race

Best Cyclocross Race

Berger Hardware Bikes

Runner Up: NCCX Lions Park

BEST TRIATHLON

Best Kids Triathlon

Tar Heel Youth Triathlon

Runner Up: Kerr Y Kids Tri

Best Sprint

Tie: Triangle Triathlon, Smile Train Tri

Runner Up: Rex Wellness Sprint Series

Best Olympic/Intl

Beaver Dam

Runner Up: Pinehurst International

Best Half-Iron

Ironman 70.3 Raleigh

Runner Up: White Lake Half

Best Iron Distance

Ironman North Carolina

Best Women’s Triathlon

Ramblin’ Rose

BEST AWARDS

Best Pre-Race Expo

Tie: Tobacco Road Marathon, Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo

Runner Up: City of Oaks

Best Post-Race Experience

Medoc Trail Races

Runner Up: Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo

Best Event Medal

Medoc Trail Races

Runner Up: Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon

Best Event SWAG

Medoc Trail Races

Runner Up: Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon

BEST PLACES TO REPAIR YOURSELF

Best Sports Medicine Practice

Run Raleigh PT

Runner Up: Emerge Ortho

Best Physical Therapy Practice

Run Raleigh PT

Runner Up: ActivEdge Fitness

Best Chiropractic Practice

Elite Performance Chiropractic

Runner Up: Staker Chiropractic

Best Place to get a massage

The Sport of Massage

Runner Up: ActivEdge Fitness

BEST PLACES TO WORKOUT

Best Wellness Facility

UNC Wellness Centers

Runner Up: Rex Wellness Centers

Best Fitness Club

ActivEdge Fitness

Runner Up: Lifetime Fitness

Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Triangle Rock Club

Runner Up: UNC Wellness Centers

Best Yoga Studio

Gratitude

Runner Up: Blue Lotus

Best Pilates Studio

ActivEdge Fitness

Runner Up: Pulse Pilates

Best Outdoor Pool

Lifetime Fitness

Runner Up: A.E. Finley YMCA

Best Indoor Pool

Lifetime Fitness

Runner Up: Triangle Aquatic Center

Best Charity Training Program

Team in Training

Runner Up: Tri it for Life

BEST PLACES TO FUEL UP

Best Grocery Store

Harris Teeter

Runner Up: Trader Joe’s

Best Breakfast

Tie: Briggs | Rise Biscuits

Runner Up: Elmo’s Diner

Best Pizza Place

Mellow Mushroom

Runner Up: Lily’s Pizza

Best Coffee Shop

Sola Coffee Cafe

Runner Up: Cup a Joe

Best Local Brew

Fullsteam

Runner Up: Ponysaurus

Best place to hang post-workout

Fullsteam

Runner Up: Bean Traders

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BEST RUNNING RETAILERS

Best Place to buy Running Shoes

Fleet Feet

Runner Up: Omega Sports

Best Place to buy Trail Running Shoes

Fleet Feet

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision Co

Best Place to buy Apparel

Fleet Feet

Runner Up: Omega Sports

Best Place to buy Women’s Apparel

Fleet Feet

Omega Sports

Best Customer Service

Fleet Feet

Runner Up: Omega Sports

BEST CYCLING RETAILERS

Best place to buy a Road Bike

Cycles de Oro

Runner Up: Ken’s Bike Shop

Best place to buy a Mountain Bike

Cycles de Oro

Runner Up: Ken’s Bike Shop

Best place to buy a Tri Bike

Cycles de Oro

Runner Up: Ken’s Bike Shop

Best place to buy a Kids Bike

Cycles de Oro

Runner Up: Ken’s Bike Shop

Best Customer Service

Cycles de Oro

Runner Up: Ken’s Bike Shop

BEST OUTDOOR SPECIALTY RETAILER

Best place to buy Camping Gear

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Hiking Gear

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best place to buy Canoes/Kayaks & SUP’s

Great Outdoor Provision Co.

Runner Up: REI

Best place to buy Outdoor Apparel

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

Best Customer Service

REI

Runner Up: Great Outdoor Provision

OTHER EVENTS

Best Obstacle Race

Marine Mud Run

Best Kids Event

Beat the Heat

Best Endurance Charity Event

Operation Christmas Pony

BEST RUNNING EVENTS

Best Mile Run

Rocket Mile

Runner Up: Moonlight Madness 1 Mile

Best 5K

Beat the Heat 5K

Runner Up: Moonlight Madness 5K

Best 10K

RunnerDude 10K Challenge

Runner Up: Operation Christmas Pony

Best 10 Miler

Runner Dude 10 Mile Challenge

Runner Up: Triad 10 Miler

Best Half-Marathon

Mistletoe Run

Best Marathon

Cannonball Marathon

Runner Up: Northern Trails Marathon

Best Trail Run

The Drool Deer

Runner Up: Salem Lake Trail Runs

Best Women’s Running Event

Women’s Only 5k

Runner Up: Ramblin’ Rose

Best Turkey Trot

Greensboro Gobbler

Runner Up: Turkey Strut

BEST CYCLING EVENTS

Best Kids Cycling Event

Take a Kid Mountain Biking (IMBA)

Best Criterium

Dixie in Winston-Salem

Winston Salem Cycling Classic

Best Century Ride

Carolina Century

Best Mountain Bike Race

Sizzler

Runner Up: Racing in the Woods

Best Charity Ride

Carolina Century

Runner Up: Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood

Best Road Race

Bike MS: Tour to Tanglewood

Best Cyclocross Race

NCCX Winston-Salem

BEST TRIATHLON

Best Kids Triathlon

E3 Youth Race Series

Runner Up: Kids for Kids Tri

Best Sprint

36 North

Runner Up: Ramblin’ Rose

Best Olympic/Intl

Belews Lake

Best Half-Iron

Lake Logan Half

Ironman 70.3 North Carolina

Best Women’s Triathlon

Ramblin’ Rose

BEST AWARDS

Best Pre-Race Expo

Cannonball Marathon

Best Post-Race Experience

Beat the Heat 5K

Runner Up: The Drool Deer

Best Event Medal

The Drool Deer

Runners Up: Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon

Best Event SWAG

Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon

Runner Up: The Drool Deer

BEST PLACES TO REPAIR YOURSELF

Best Sports Medicine Practice

Emerge Ortho

Runner Up: Greensboro Orthopedics

Best Physical Therapy Practice

Emerge Ortho

Runner Up: Core Physical Therapy

Best Chiropractic Practice

Elite Performance Chiropractic

Runner Up: Healing Hands

Best Place to get a massage

Tie: Kneaded Energy | Balance Day Spa

Runner Up: Greensboro Massage and Bodywork

BEST PLACES TO WORKOUT

Best Wellness Facility

YMCA

Runner Up: Runner Dude’s Fitness

Best Fitness Club

RunnerDude’s Fitness

Runner Up: YMCA

Best Indoor Rock Climbing Gym

Tumblebees

Best Yoga Studio

Sunrise Yoga

Runner Up: Greensboro Downtown Yoga

Best Outdoor Pool

Tanglewood

Best Indoor Pool

Greensboro Aquatic Center

Runner Up: Gateway YWCA

Best Charity Training Program

Girls on the Run

BEST PLACES TO FUEL UP

Best Grocery Store

Fresh Market

Runner Up: Harris Teeter

Best Breakfast

Scrambled

Runners Up: Midtown Cafe, Panera Bread

Best Pizza Place

Sticks and Stones

Runner Up: Mellow Mushroom

Best Coffee Shop

The Green Bean

Runner Up: Krankies

Best Local Brew

Foothills Brewery

Runner Up: Natty Greene’s

Best place to hang post-workout

Foothills Brewery and Restaurant

Runner Up: Panera Bread