FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How can someone nominate my store?

Tell customers, neighbors, friends and family to fill out this quick and easy form to get your store nominated. Only one nomination per unique email address will be accepted. Good luck!

Nominations close February 1st!

How will the Best Stores be chosen?

1. Evaluation forms will be sent to each and every nominee. In order to be considered, the evaluation form must be filled out and returned to bgilpatrick@divcom.com no later than February 6th.
2. All nominations will be carefully reviewed and tallied.
3. The testimonials from the nominations and evaluation forms will be thoughtfully considered and evaluated by a committee of Diversified Communications staff members who will look for variety of products and brands carried, customer service experience at the store and community involvement.
4. The nominations received and the evaluation form will be “graded” to produce a list of the top 75 stores. with the highest “grades” will be secret shopped.
5. The top 75 stores will be secret shopped.
6. The secret shopper “grade” combined with the nominations and evaluation form “grades” will decide the top 60 stores who will be invited to Atlanta.

When will the winning stores be announced?

The winning stores will be announced on March 16th via a video on our Facebook page and on the homepage of the website.

What do the winning stores receive?

Award-winning stores will receive:
• 3 complimentary nights at the gorgeous Atlanta Evergreen Marriott in Stone Mountain, GA.
• 2 full days of face-to-face meetings with product presentations from a carefully curated variety of brands representing all categories of the running industry
• A “Scholarship” for 2 team members to attend The Running Event 2020, which includes an All-Access Pass, complimentary hotel nights at the Hilton Austin, and automatic entry into the Best Running Stores Summit
• Receive a Best Running Stores counter award and window decals
• Ample opportunity to share ideas, network and celebrate with peers
• Get recognition from Best Running Stores media and event partners throughout 2020
• Full secret shopper report at no charge

What if my store wins but I can't make it to the event?

Our hope is that you can send at least 1 representative from your store. If not a single team member can make it your store will still be sent the counter award (plaque) and window decals promoting the honor. Please note: other benefits such as The Running Event 2020 Scholarship and the Secret Shopper report will only be given to those stores who are present at the Best Running Stores event.

What's the plan when I get to Atlanta?

Plan to arrive in Atlanta on Sunday, May 17 so you’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for your catch-up sessions with peers, the meetings with brands and the other fun-tivities.

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