Underdog Provo makes it to the final round of the Best Towns 2014 contest

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The close proximity of the mountains is one of the reasons Provo is a top contender for the Best Towns 2014 title. 

In the beginning there were 64 cities, now only two remain — and Provo is one of those cities.

Provo has been living its own Cinderella story for the past month as it has fought through its No. 16 seed in the West bracket to fight to the final round. On Sunday evening, Provo made a last-minute push to make it into the final in the Outside Magazine Best of Towns 2014 competition.

“Provo, UT, and Ithaca, NY, traded the lead about 11 times Sunday, vying for a spot in the final,” wrote Outside Magazine’s editors. “It finally came down to the last 30 minutes, when the Utah city pulled ahead by less than 2,000 votes.”

Provo (34,981 votes) overcame Ithaca, N.Y. (33,342 votes) with 51 percent of the vote.  

The final round for the Best Towns 2014 competition ends Sunday, June 15 at 9:59 p.m. Provo must beat Duluth, Minn., which has a population of 86,000, to win the “Best Town” title. 

Vote for Provo here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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