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River Sports Wins Best of Knoxville Award

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River Sports Outfitters Wins ‘Best of Knoxville’ Award

KNOXVILLE—River Sports Outfitters on May 11 received the Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville Award for Best Outdoor Sports Store. This is the fourth year in a row that the people of Knoxville have voted River Sports as the best place to get top-quality gear and expert information on exploring the outdoors.

“River Sports is honored to be selected to receive this award,” said Ed McAlister, owner of River Sports Outfitters. “We think it demonstrates the customer service and the strong community support River Sports provides to the community.”

Each year since 1994, thousands of Knoxville residents have cast their votes in the Best of Knoxville poll, which covers everything from top businesses to the best place to tie the knot.

“The Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville Readers Poll is the most long standing poll of its type in Knoxville,” said Kevin Pack, director of sales for Metro Pulse. “We get thousands of votes from readers, and our response has grown year over year, which indicates that Knoxville supports its favorite retailers and restaurants.”

McAlister said the award has definitely impacted his business positively over the years. “Having won this award multiple years in a row, and seen an increase in business during the same time period, it suggests that our customer base thinks the award is significant,” he said.

Award winners receive a Best of Knoxville logo that they can use in their advertisements, window displays and other promotions.

Full results with all Best of Knoxville winners will be published in the May 12 edition of Metro Pulse and posted online at

For more information, contact River Sports Outfitters at 865-523-0066;


About River Sports Outfitters (

For more than 25 years, River Sports Outfitters has operated as an independent outdoor specialty store in Knoxville, Tenn. Owner Ed McAlister and the expert staff at River Sports Outfitters provide outdoor enthusiasts of Knoxville with the highest quality equipment for camping, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, road biking, mountain biking and trail running. River Sports Outfitters operates a state-of-the-art climbing facility at its Sutherland Avenue store and also offers bike, boat and equipment rentals at three locations in Knoxville. River Sports is also a leading online seller of outdoor equipment, and has developed the social networking site to bring together the Knoxville outdoor community to discuss products, trails and events.

About Ijams Nature Center (

2011 marks the 101st anniversary of the Ijams Family Legacy. H.P. and Alice Ijams truly were visionaries when they purchased 20-acres of undeveloped property in on the banks of the Tennessee River just three miles from downtown Knoxville. Over the years, the Ijams family, with a deep philosophy of education and conservation, developed the land into a natural showplace known as the Bird Sanctuary and spearheaded Knoxville ‘s enduring ornithological, Girl Scouts, and Garden Club movements through their passion for birds, outdoor experiences and horticulture. Ijams Nature Center is now a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary and environmental learning center.