Moving up from 21st place to 13th, Lees-McRae earned a top spot in the AORE Campus Challenge that encourages colleges across the U.S. to get outdoors and active. The ranking meant that not only did the college become the highest-ranked school among peer institutions in North Carolina, but also the smallest school in the Division 1 top 15.
Logging 1,116 entries over the course of the month, college members ran, biked, hiked, swam, and explored their way to the top from Monday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 13.
The challenge “is a Mother-Nature-meets-March-
Participants were asked to download the Campus Challenge app and track their activities for points. The school with the most logged outdoor activities (points) won the title of National Outdoor Champion. Other recognitions and prizes included Outsider of the Year, regional winners, recognition awards, and free gear.
Learn more about the AORE Campus Challenge and to see entries during the challenge here >>