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Compete Magazine is an American LGBTQ niche market health, fitness, and sports magazine and sporting events company. Compete is published by Scottsdale, Arizona-based Media Out Loud, LLC's Compete Sports Media division. The magazine is published monthly.

Compete Magazine
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COMPETE Magazine Vol. 5, Issue 4, May, 2011
PublishersDavid Riach and Eric Carlyle
Staff writersEditor In Chief: Connie Wardman
Art Director: Pat Gamble Graphics
CategoriesSports Magazine
CirculationPrint: 20,000+
Radio: 40,000+
Year founded2006
First issue2007
CompanyMedia Out Loud, LLC
Based inScottsdale, Arizona[1]


Compete was founded in 2006 by Eric Carlyle and David Riach, then members of the Phoenix Storm gay rugby team.. After attending the Bingham Cup, the world championship of gay rugby, the men noticed a lack of media coverage and Compete Magazine was born (originally as Sports Out Loud).[2]

The Preview Issue was launched in February 2007 and distributed primarily to the media, ad buyers and select readers at such gay festivals as Phoenix Pride. In June 2007 the first official issue debuted, featuring amateur gay athletes from Dallas, Texas modeling swimwear. The launch was covered by NBC-TV as numerous other media outlets. Many reports and blogs called the magazine "groundbreaking" for its coverage of gay sports.[2]

In 2007 Eric Carlyle and David Riach were named finalists in Planet Out's Entrepreneur of the Year Award which inspired the two to offer a similar award to an athlete within the gay sports community. In the May/June Issue of 2008, Jeff Kagan of New York was named the magazine's first Athlete of the Year. The tradition continues each December when celebrity judges select an amateur gay athlete as Compete's latest Athlete of the Year.[3]

In May 2010 Media Out Loud, LLC announced a new, interactive website renamed Compete Network. After the success of the website, the company announced an agreement with to air a weekly radio show, Compete Radio.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Compete Magazine" (PDF). Tom Whitman. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Compete Magazine – Sporting Gays, Echelon Magazine, July/August (2007), p. 10 Los Angeles: Echelon Business Media, Inc.
  3. ^ a b Media Out Loud LLC
  4. ^ David Lueras, General Manager/Program Director QMedia Corp. /

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