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  • Active Lifestyle Vehicle 2012 Program Update

    Posted on May 11th, 2011 ninarussin

    ALV introduces two new jury panel members and its athlete team leaders

    By Nina Russin

    Jill Ciminillo

    Now in its eighth year, the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year is the only car of the year award with input from elite and local athletes as well as national recognized automotive journalists, combining their evaluations to recognize the best vehicles for buyers with active lifestyles.
    This year, ALV welcomes two new jury panel members: Jill Ciminillo and Larry Webster.

    They join Jol Dantzig, Brian Douglas, Larry Edsall, Chuck Giametta, Denise McCluggage, Sue Mead, Jim Prueter, Tamara Warren, Nina Russin, Linda Sharp and Jim Woodman. 

    Larry Webster

    Jurors will drive more than 40 vehicles entered in seven categories to narrow the field to no more than four finalists in each of those categories: Urban, Best Value On-Road, Best Value Off-Road, Luxury On-Road, Luxury, Off-Road, Green and Family.

    Those finalist vehicles will participate in the athletes’ ride-and-drive program October 22 at the Local Motors micro factory in Phoenix.

    ALV Green Team Leader Ian Chapple

    For the first time, seven elite athletes from the Phoenix community will lead judging teams for the October 22 event. Each team leader is recruiting nine additional athletes for his or her team. The team leaders are:
    Urban: Jeremy Hendricks, middle- and long-distance runner and Ironman competitor who has managed retail sports specialty stores for more than a decade.
    Best Value On-Road: Brent and Kati Steiner, a husband-and-wife team of duathletes who also are kayakers. Brent was a national high school cross-country champion,  an NCAA all-America runner at the University of Kansas, national Coors Light Duathlon series champion, Arizona mountain bike series champion and also works as a sales representative for Saucony athletic shoes.

    Best Value, Off-Road: Carson Robertson, an avid distance runner, graduate of the University of Montana and Northwestern College of Chiropractic and owner of Alpha Chiropractic, a Chandler, Arizona-based practice specialized in sports medicine injury assessment and rehabilitation.

    Luxury On-Road: Heidi Wildy, who ran cross-country and track for the University of Rochester, has an advanced degree in exercise and wellness from Arizona State and has worked in the health and fitness industry for 17 years, serving as a YMCA director and more recently as owner of Ahwatukee, Arizona’s top-rated Pilates studio.


    Luxury Off-Road Team Leader David Allison

    Best Value Off-Road:

     David Allison, a middle- and long-distance runner for more than three decades, coach of youth, school and college teams in Europe and the United States, and a former star runner for the University of Pennsylvania as well as top-50 finisher in the Boston Marathon and an all-America masters runner in several distances.

    Green:  Ian Chapple, who moved to the United States from South Africa to play major college soccer. Chapple also has run in the Boston Marathon and is the owner of Running Assessment and Solutions, a Scottsdale, Arizona-based physical therapy practice specializing in sports medicine.

    Family: Bob Beane, president of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, an organization formed in 1991 to educate and advocate for bicycling. He has been a recreational cyclist for 25 years and is a PBAA platinum cyclist.


    One response to “Active Lifestyle Vehicle 2012 Program Update”

    1. […] I guess I get to drive all of the cars on Friday. On Saturday, I get to drive some other cars in an athletes' ride and drive event. […]

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