~Visionary leader sparked the active lifestyle movement, fueling businesses across multiple sports and recreation sectors~

Santa Fe, NM (June 24, 2019) — Lawrence (Larry) Burke, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Outside Integrated Media, LLC, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ninth Annual Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards. Outdoor Retailer announced the award on the first night of Summer Market in Denver, where Burke received the accolade alongside Greg Thomsen, Chief Outdoor Officer, Adidas Outdoor. View Larry Burke’s Lifetime Achievement video here.

“This year’s winners of the Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards are all focused on taking people into the outdoors where they learn about the natural world, about conservation, and about themselves,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer Vice President and show director. “We were honored to celebrate their remarkable work, and to pay tribute to both Larry Burke and Greg Thomsen for their decades-long dedication to the industry we love.”

Burke had no intention of a publishing career, but in 1973, after five years of travel, he realized there was no magazine that covered the adventurous lifestyle that had come to define him -- so he started his own, with the first issue debuting in 1977. Outside is credited with giving the active lifestyle a voice, bringing the category of outdoor media to life. For over four decades, Outside has won countless awards and has given rise to the outdoor recreation industry, which currently generates two percent of the entire U.S. gross domestic product, making it a bigger industry than mining, oil, and gas. Today, Outside continues to drive Larry's original vision: to make the outdoors a more welcoming and inclusive place for everybody -- regardless of who you are, where you live, or how old you are. As a global brand with multiple platforms, Outside reaches approximately 40 million people every month. As Burke described, “Outside encourages people to ‘Live Bravely’ in their everyday lives…and to get outside…there’s no place like it.”

In a moving acceptance speech thanking his industry colleagues and the brave outdoor enthusiasts whose feats were featured in the magazine, Burke reflected on his storied career: “It's everything I could have wanted to do with my life,” he said. “If I had to start over again, I would do it exactly the same way.”


OUTSIDE is America’s leading active lifestyle brand. Since 1977, OUTSIDE has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world outside. The OUTSIDE family includes OUTSIDE magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The Outside Buyer’s Guides, Outside Online, the Outside Podcast, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ App (also available on Google Play), Outside Books, and Outside GO, a revolutionary, 21st-century adventure-travel company. Connect with Outside Online and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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