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Richmond a finalist for "Best Town"

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond could be one of the best river towns in America. It's a finalist for Outside Magazine's title of "Best Town Ever".

It's all up to people to vote on facebook for the winner. People in Richmond are not surprised to hear Richmond is a finalist.

Outside Magazine picked the River City for many reasons, and of course, the river is one of them.

The rushing rapids of the James never fail to give Richmond national recognition. The River City is one of 10 finalists. Every city on the list has one thing in common - a river.

Outside Magazine wants America to choose the best river town. People made it clear. Richmond is more than a river city. It's an outdoor town.

Kevin Tobin is leading a summer camp on Belle Isle. Among other things, he's teaching kids how to kayak.

"The outdoors are so close and accessible," Kevin said. "There are a lot of things to explore. Swimming, paddling, and running around. It's a beautiful place."

Besides the James, the magazine looked at the miles and miles of trails and even outdoor events that come to Richmond each year. It's an easy place for people to get outside too.

"Things like that are huge and they really weighed into the decision," said Sports Backers Spokesperson, Jackie Holt. "I think the fact that you can walk out of your office door and go for a run during your lunch break is really big."

Sports Backers spokesperson, Jackie holt is trying to get the word out and encourage people to vote online. Right now, Richmond is in the lead.

"I couldn't agree more," Said Holt. "I'm going to vote everyday until it's done."

To vote for your favorite river town, click here. You can cast one vote per day through July 9th.

The winner will be featured on the cover of outside magazine..online...and on a TV segment.

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