Strava Year In Sport 2023 Award Winners Capture the Best Athletes and Clubs That Motivated the World This Year

SAN FRANCISCO, December 14, 2023 – Strava, the leading digital community for active people with more than 120 million athletes today announced the Year In Sport 2023 Award winners, which recognizes the athletes and clubs on Strava who stood out from the crowd and motivated everyone to get active this year. Across 12 different categories, the awards celebrate all aspects of the Strava community, from professional athletes to the Local Legends, to the trailblazers and the ‘must follows.’ 

Check out all the winners on to get inspired and make sure to follow Rob Van Impe, who was voted the “Best Follow of the Year.” Rob Van Impe (also known as Average Rob) is a standout content creator who brings the hype and took on his first Ironman this year, a big motivator for the Strava community. 

“People who follow my channel know that I enjoy challenging myself, however, when we came up with the idea of completing a full IRONMAN, everyone considered us crazy,” said Van Impe. “I trained for eight months with my little brother and documented every training session on Strava because, if it's not on Strava, did it really happen? In the end, both of us successfully completed the full IRONMAN in Klagenfurt, with me tearing up 10 times because I knew I was achieving the goal I had worked so hard for and hopefully inspired others with my journey.” 

This year, Strava is also giving back to the clubs that made a significant impact in the pursuit of improving gender equity and getting more women to their own starting lines. As part of Strava’s Strive for More™ initiative, which is a $1 million commitment to support women in movement and sport, each organization will receive a $10,000 donation to further each of their missions, including:

  • Black Girls Run (BGR) is a nationwide movement to encourage and motivate Black women to get active and prioritize fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Since 2009, BGR has grown to about 75 local chapters across the US.

  • Latinas Run, founded in 2016, was created as a safe space for Latinas to connect and inspire each other through running or other fitness-related activities. With chapters across the U.S., Latinas Run is fostering healthy dialogues and impacting health outcomes in their community.

  • Black Girls Do Bike (BGDB) is a supportive community of women of color who share a passion for cycling with 100+ chapters globally. By sharing the joy of cycling, BGDB is establishing a comfortable place where female cyclists can support, advise, organize meetups/rides, and promote skill-sharing.

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