Nominations are being accepted for the fifth annual Outdoor Inspiration Awards, presented by adidas Outdoor, which will be celebrated at a ceremony at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6 p.m., the second night of Outdoor Retailer Winter Market. The Outdoor Inspiration Awards recognize those whose efforts go above and beyond in encouraging others to participate in outdoor activities.

This years categories have been expanded to include retailers, non-profits and youth, in addition to the original categories for manufacturers and individuals. The nomination entry form has been streamlined for a quick submission process. Nominations are now being accepted at Detailed guidelines are available online, and nominations are due no later than 6 p.m. (PST), November 21, 2014.
“The Outdoor Inspiration Awards provide the industry with a platform to come together and celebrate heroes of our industry, said Marisa Nicholson, VP, Show Director of Outdoor Retailer. Those members of our community that take it upon themselves to encourage people, of all ages, ability, or economic position, to enjoy and experience the outdoors, is an accomplishment worth recognizing.
Past recipients of the Outdoor Inspiration Awards include: Bill Sweasy, CEO and retired Chairman of Red Wing Shoe Co.; REI, Timbuk2, The Sierra Club, The North Face,  NOLS: Expedition Denali, Soldiers to Summits, Suunto and Outdoor Afro. Fred Beckey and Jeff Lowe have been given Lifetime Achievement Awards during past ceremonies.
 adidas Outdoor established the Inspiration Awards to recognize organizations and individuals whose love for the outdoors is used to inspire others to experience the benefits of getting outside, said Greg Thomsen, managing director, adidas Outdoor US, presenting sponsor of the Outdoor Inspiration Awards. I encourage you to nominate those within the industry that are using their passion to make the outdoors accessible to everyone.
adidas Outdoor works with Outdoor Retailer and its panel of industry leaders to select the annual winners. In addition to their presenting sponsorship, other sponsors include the Boy Scouts of America as a presenting sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Anyone interested should contact Sales Manager Krista Dill at 949.226.5728 or via email at
Questions about the Outdoor Inspiration Awards can be directed to Outdoor Retailer Director of Public Relations, Kate Lowery at 949.226.5779 or