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Winners of the 2014 SportsTravel Awards Announced at TEAMS ’14 in Las Vegas

November 19, 2014

SportsTravel magazine announced the winners of the 2014 SportsTravel Awards at the TEAMS ’14 Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. TEAMS: Travel, Events And Management in Sports, is the world’s largest gathering of event organizers and travel planners from the sports industry.

The 2014 Boston Marathon took home the top award, Sports Event of the Year, as well as Best Professional Single-Sport Event. Other winners included the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2013 Auburn vs. Alabama Football Game and the 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball National Championships.

“We are pleased to recognize a number of outstanding sporting events again this year,” said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel magazine, which organizes the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo. “Each of the winners is a prime example of achieving excellence in organization and management for both competitors and spectators.”

“The readers of SportsTravel magazine are leaders in the sports-event industry and understand all that goes into executing a high-quality event,” said Schneider. “The event organizers and the destinations that have hosted them should be very proud of their achievement.”

The SportsTravel Awards program bestows honors at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels in three categories each. To be eligible, events had to occur between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Criteria for nomination and voting included:

• Superior organization of and attendance at the event
• The event provided a superior experience for competitors and/or spectators
• The event’s host city or venue served to enhance the event

The 2014 SportsTravel Award winners are:

Sports Event of the Year
The 2014 Boston Marathon, Boston, MA

Best New Sports Event
The 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon, Raleigh, NC

Best Professional Series or Circuit
The 2014 FIFA World Cup, Brazil

Best Professional Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
The 2013 Wrangler National Final Rodeo, Las Vegas, NV

Best Professional Single-Sport Event
The 2014 Boston Marathon, Boston, MA

Best Collegiate Series or Circuit
The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, Various Cities

Best Collegiate Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
The 2014 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship, Daytona Beach, FL

Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event
The 2013 Auburn vs. Alabama Football Game, Auburn, AL

Best Amateur Sports Event Series or Circuit
The 2014 Ironman Triathlon Series, Various Cities

Best Amateur Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event
The 2013 National Senior Games, Cleveland, OH

Best Amateur Single-Sport Event
The 2014 National Wheelchair Basketball National Championships, Louisville, KY

At the culmination of the 2014 SportsTravel Awards presentation, it was announced that the TEAMS ’15 Conference & Expo will be held in Las Vegas, November, 9–12, and hosted by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. The city has hosted the TEAMS Conference & Expo three times (2006, 2011, 2014).

For more information and to register, please call toll-free (877) 577-3700.

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Back row (left to right): Emcee Matt Iseman; Thomas Grilk, Boston Athletic Association executive director; Marc Riker, chief executive officer of the National Senior Games Association; Ted Metellus, director of course operations with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half-Marathon; Tim Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel magazine.
Front row (left to right): Bill Boggs; NCA & NDA senior vice-president and event director; Danny Heinsohn, My Hometown Heroes; Meb Keflezighi, winner of the 2014 Boston Marathon; Randy Schubert, National Wheelchair Games Association executive director; Thomas Zeibart, senior operations manager for Ironman.

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