The Travel, Events and Management Expo ended Thursday at the Salt Palace with the sponsoring SportsTravel magazine announcing the winners of the 2013 SportsTravel Awards and telling the approximately 1,200 attendees that the conference will be held in Las Vegas next year.
The 2012 Ryder Cup, dubbed by the media as the "Miracle in Medinah" due to Europe’s come-from-behind victory, took home the Sports Event of the Year and the Best Professional Single-Sport Event. Other winners included the 2012 Olympic Summer Games, the 2012 Army-Navy Football Game, the 2013 Sandy Hook Run for Families and the 2013 NBA Finals.
Utah’s Larry Miller Tour of Utah race was a finalist for one of the awards.
"We are pleased to recognize a number of outstanding sporting events again this year," said Timothy Schneider, publisher of SportsTravel magazine that organizes the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo, which brings sports organizations, vendors and potential host cities and states together each year. "Each of the winners is a prime example of achieving excellence in organization and management for both competitors and spectators."
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 2012, and June 30, 2013. Criteria for nomination and voting includes superior organization of and attendance at the event; the event provided a superior experience for competitors and spectators, and the event’s host city or venue served to enhance the event.
Sports Event of the Year » the 2012 Ryder Cup, in Medinah, Ill.
Best New Sports Event » 2013 Run or Dye Series, various cities
Best Professional Series or Circuit » the 2013 NBA Finals, in San Antonio and Miami
Best Professional Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event » The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, Carson, Calif.
Best Professional Single-Sport Event » The 2012 Ryder Cup, Medinah, Ill.
Best Collegiate Series or Circuit » The 2013 NCAA Women’s College World Series, Oklahoma City
Best Collegiate Multi-Sport or Multi-Discipline Event » The 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.
Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event » The 2012 Army-Navy Football Game, Philadelphia
Best Amateur Sports Event Series or Circuit » 2013 Divas Half-Marathon & 5K Series, various cities
Best Amateur Multi-Sport of Multi-Discipline Event » 2012 Olympic Summer Games, London
Best Amateur Single-Sport Event » 2013 Sandy Hook Run for the Families, Hartford, Conn.
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