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Park City – Outside magazine has selected Park City, Utah, as the winner in its search to determine the best active town in America after a selection process that included an online voting competition via Facebook. As the “Best Active Town,” Park City is featured in the September issue of Outside.
After several rounds of vetting, the top ten finalists were chosen and put up for a three-week vote on Facebook. Park City received two-thirds as many votes (5,179) as it has residents.
“The high level of community participation in this competition is reflective of the passion that Parkites have for their community,” said Mayor Dana Williams.
To select the town deemed the best place to live healthy, Outside started with the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual list of 50 healthiest cities, and added a few small and midsize active towns that the metro-centric pool overlooked. Local runners, cyclists, climbers, and surfers were consulted to narrow the finalists to the top ten places that had easy access to healthy food, work, great trails, beaches, and mountains.
Park City was awarded the top slot among a list of cities that included Bozeman, Mont., San Diego, Calif., Boston, Mass., Oklahoma City, Okla., Spokane, Wash., Greenville, S.C., Honolulu, Hawaii, Carbondale, Colo. and Waitsfield, Va.
“It truly is an honor to be recognized as a place that has a population that is so passionate about the outdoors,” says Bill Malone, president and CEO of the Park City Chamber/Bureau.
"With more than 21,000 votes, our third-annual Facebook competition was our most competitive yet," said Outside editor Christopher Keyes. "Greenville and Park City battled it out for weeks. We're proud to showcase both towns in the magazine and thrilled with the level of engagement this program has garnered from readers."