The votes have been tallied, and the winner of the first ever WALK! Magazine Walker Friendly City is Flint, MI!
We received an overwhelming number of nominations for Flint. One of the judges was surprised we even asked for a committee to review the nominations. It was a landslide!
In addition, the Crim Festival of Races won the Walker Friendly Event award! We had quite a bit fewer races and events nominated, but by far the winner was the Flint, MI event. Other events which received nominations include: New Albany Walking Classic 10K, New Albany, OH; Portland Marathon, Portland, OR; and Community First Fox Cities Marathon/Appleton Papers Power Walk, Appleton, WI.
We are currently trying to select a date to present Flint and the Crim Festival of Races with their awards. In addition, we hope to be in Flint for the race in August.
Second place city goes to Holland, MI! I'm pretty sure it was a one-man campaign that caused so many people and government officials to write on behalf of Holland. And it was tough to keep from being swayed by the wonderful gifts we received.
It is very obvious from this competition that the ENTIRE state of Michigan is walker friendly! Thank you everyone who participated and made nominations! The individual prize winners will be announced later today.