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Who Is This Year's 'Ultimate Guy'?

Ultimate Guy
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Firefighter Tim Boniface beat out trans fitness model Aydian Dowling to be Men’s Health cover star.

Pictured (from left): Omari Grey, Aydian Dowling, Adam Wheeler, Danny Farrar, Tim Boniface

The results are in and Tim Boniface, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound firefighter and EMT from Kentucky, will be featured on the cover of the November Reader Issue of Men's Health magazine.

Boniface won out against five other finalists, including trans model (and fan favorite) Aydian Dowling.

"Aydian got us thinking about what it means to be a man in 2015," Men's Health Editor-in-Chief Bill Phillips says. "He's become a leading voice of the transgender community and we feel privileged to share his story and to count him as a member of the Men's Health family."

Ultimate Guy

In the end, it came down to five very different men: Boniface, Dowling, Omari Gray, Danny Farrar, and Adam Wheeler.

"The truth is, any one of these men could be on the cover of Men's Health. They all possess the qualities of an ultimate Men's Health guy," Phillips said to Today show host Willie Geist this moring before the cover star was announced. "They define success on their own terms. They give back to their communities. They all express courage. All five of the men are amazing and they each expressed courage in their own way."

A commemorative cover, with all five finalists, will be available this week.

Boniface is the second-ever "Ultimate Men's Health Guy." Last year, Iraq War veteran Noah Galloway won the title.

Think you have a shot at being the third? Submissions for next year's contest will be accepted next March.

The special collector's issue is on sale tomorrow.

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