Cast Your Vote For Durango During Outside’s ‘Best Town Ever” Contest
Durango, CO – Durango has been selected by Outside, America’s leading active-lifestyle publication, as a finalist in its search to determine the best Outside town in America. The contest, sponsored by Good N Natural, launched at https://www.facebook.com/outsidemagazine and will run through July 10, 2012.
This year, for its 35th anniversary issue in October, Outside teamed up with the environmental non-profit American Rivers to identify the top 10 river towns in the U.S. and is now calling on the public to help select the best one ever from a pool of ten finalists in our Best Town Ever Facebook app.
To select the finalists, Outside and American Rivers scoured the nation for burgs that have both the usual dreamy quality-of-living criteria and also an active recreational engagement with nearby waterways—kayaking, fishing, boating, walking and bike paths, and riverfront parks—and a positive environmental story.
The winning town will receive the official honor of Outside’s “Best River Town in America” and will be featured on the October 2012 magazine cover, Outside Online, and an exclusive segment on Outside Television.
“Durango means ‘water town’ in Basque. There are numerous mountain streams, creeks and wild rivers. The Animas River that runs through town is a veritable water playground, with a paved 7-mile Animas River Trail on the bank, outdoor riverside dining, Gold Medal fishing waters and first source water for our award-winning microbrews,” says Durango Mayor Doug Lyon. “The Animas River is at the heart of our community. From thrill-seeking athletes to afternoon strollers, you will find inspiration and adventure on El Rio de las Animas Perdidas, roughly translated, ‘The River of Lost Souls’.”
“This year’s list of Best Towns finalists is our most competitive yet,” says Outside’s editor Christopher Keyes, “Not only do each of these places offer amazing quality of life and fantastic opportunities for recreation, they also recognize the vital importance of their local waterways and have each made outstanding commitments to protect these resources. I can’t wait to see which town wins.”
"Good 'N Natural Bars were inspired by the people and the healthy active lifestyle of Sun Valley, Idaho,” Sarah Walker, Co-Founder Good ‘N Natural.
As part of the contest, the public can vote, submit photos, video and comments backing up their selection; content that will have a chance to appear in the Outside magazine and on Outside Television. All voters will have a chance to win a five-day adventure to one of the top ten towns. The winning town will be determined through a combination of total votes; overall support as a result of content submitted; and creativity.
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