Mark Allen’s The Art of Competition Wins USA Best Books Award for Best Book in Sports for 2014

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SANTA CRUZ, CA – November 18, 2014 – The Art of Competition, by Mark Allen with photographer Nick Borelli (Grip Press, 2014), was named the winner in the Sports category of the 11th annual USA Best Book Awards as well as a finalist for Best Cover Design: Non-Fiction. Entrants included more than 2000 titles released in 2012-2014 by mainstream and independent book publishers.

The Art of Competition features a collection of 90 thought-provoking and inspiring quotes by Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, and motivational speaker. Each quote is overlaid upon a two-page landscape that provides perspective to personal challenges and endeavors.

While The Art of Competition conveys impactful lessons about sport, the lessons extend far beyond – to one’s personal and professional journeys as well. The quotes and the messages are borne of the wisdom of Mark Allen’s 25 years of reflection on his first and subsequent Ironman World Championships.

Mark Allen will be signing copies of his award-winning book on Thursday, November 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Sports Basement at 610 Old Mason Street in San Francisco, California.

The Art of Competition may be ordered online directly from the publisher ( or through book retailers.

About Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine, voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time” by ESPN, and selected as “The Greatest Triathlete Of All Time” by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010. He runs MarkAllenCoaching, training professional and age-group triathletes. For more information on Mark Allen, visit,,,, follow him on Twitter at @MarkAllenGrip and find him on Facebook at Mark Allen Facebook page.

About The Art of Competition

The Art of Competition (Grip Press, June, 2014), written by Mark Allen, with photography by Nick Borelli, contains a collection of quotes that came to the author while on retreat in Japan with his spiritual teacher Brant Secunda, nearly ten years after retiring from competition and Ironman racing. It contains the elusive words, paired with stunning scenes from nature, to explain the mindset required to win the Ironman World Championship six times. The words will inspire change for anyone facing challenges within or beyond the sporting world. The book was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and released to wide acclaim. Learn more about the book at and on Facebook.

Ten percent of all profits from the sale of The Art of Competition are being donated to The Huichol Foundation, an international charity dedicated to preserving the life and traditions of the Huichol Indians of Central Mexico. Learn more about the Foundation at