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Readers' Survey Winners

Sports & Recreation

Not to be hateful, but it occurred to our survey counters that "Best Place to Hike" might be most wisely consulted as a list of places not to go--unless you don't mind having that crowded-city-street feeling on your hikes. Just a suggestion. Anyway, Vasona performed its usual sweep in this section, winning "Best Park," "Best Playground" and "Best Park for Dogs" and taking second in "Best Bike Trail" and "Best Place to Jog."

"Best Adrenaline Rush" gleaned some cute responses: "finding a cute place for under $1,000"; "first day of semiannual sale at Nordstrom's." In other categories, we note that our readers insist on taking a proprietary stance with regard to the 49ers, even though they belong to that OTHER city by the bay. The red-and-gold took Second Place for "Best Sports Team," and Steve Young snapped up the silver for "Best Local Male Athlete." Bet Steve appreciates that.

By the way, there won't be any population explosion if it's left to the residents of this valley. "Sex" beat out "going to the movies" by one slim vote in the "Best Weekend Activity" category.

Best Place To Jog

First Place
Los Gatos Trail

Second Place
Vasona Park

Third Place
Campbell Trail--Parcourse

Best Place To Hike

First Place
Rancho San Antonio

Second Place
Castle Rock

Third Place
Big Basin

Best Kids' Playground

First Place
Vasona

Second Place
Oak Meadow Park

Third Place
John D. Morgan

Best Park For Dogs

First Place
Vasona

Second Place
Las Palmas

Third Place
Sunnyvale

Best People Park

First Place
Vasona

Second Place
Cesar Chavez

Third Place
Kelley Park

Best Bike Trail

First Place
Los Gatos Dam/Lexington Reservoir

Second Place
Vasona

Third Place
Hellyer Park/Coyote Creek

Best Gym

First Place
Gold's

Second Place
24 Hour Fitness Center

Third Place
Right Stuff

Best Weekend Activity

First Place
go to the beach

Second Place
sleep

Third Place
sex

Best Adrenaline Rush

First Place
Great America

Second Place
Drop Zone

Third Place
Skydiving

Best Sports Team

First Place
Sharks

Second Place
49ers

Third Place
SJ Giants

Best Local Female Athlete

First Place
Brandi Chastain

Second Place
Kristi Yamaguchi

Third Place
Jennifer Azzi

Best Local Male Athlete

First Place
Rudy Galindo

Second Place
Steve Young

Third Place
Jeff Garcia

Best Outdoor Store

First Place
REI
400 El Paseo, Saratoga * 408.871.8765

Second Place
Mel Cotton
1266 W. San Carlos, SJ * 408.287.5994

Third Place
Any Mountain
Multiple locations

Best Skate Shop

First Place
Go Skate
2436 Almaden Rd., SJ * 408.978.6479
1554 Saratoga Ave., SJ * 408. 378.1958

Second Place
Sessions
23 E. Fremont, Sunnyvale * 408.735.1137

Third Place
Circle A
304 S. Third St., SJ * 408.995.-0677

Best Bike Shop

First Place
Off Ramp
2369 El Camino Real, Santa Clara * 408.249.2848

Second Place
Wheel Away
402 E. Hamilton, Campbell * 408.378.4636

Third Place
Calabazas Cyclery
6140 Bollinger Rd., SJ * 408.366.2453

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From the September 30-October 6, 1999 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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