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Red Deer takes the lead in national ParticipACTION challenge

June 30 finishing line is fast approaching
FILE - Red Deerians have gotten behind the ParticipACTION challenge to help Red Deer hold onto the title of Canada’s Most Active Community. (Photo submitted by Jose Diz)

Red Deerians have kicked it into high gear to move into first place in the ParticipACTION Community Challenge as the competition heads into its final days.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Red Deer led the country in total minutes of activity logged. Toronto was in second place Salisbury, N.B., was third; North Grenville, Ont., was fourth; and Tignish, P.E.I., was fifth.

In Alberta, Red Deer has held onto first place, followed by Calgary, Edmonton, Vulcan, and Lloydminster.

The month-long challenge runs until midnight on June 30 so it’s not too late for Red Deerians to help the city defend its national title.

In 2022 Red Deerians logged 19 million minutes of activity to beat out 1,700 communities to be named Canada’s Most Active Community — the first Alberta community to ever win — and took home the $100,000 prize.


Red Deer moves up to third place in ParticipACTION challenge

Communities are ranked according to activity minutes logged, but the national and provincial winners will be based in part on activity minutes logged per capita so even smaller communities have a chance to win.

Individual adults can download the ParticipACTION app by visiting to record any physical activity, from exercise classes, team sports, house cleaning, dog walking and more.

To find out more about Red Deer’s ParticipACTION campaign visit Community Better Red Deer on Facebook or Instagram.

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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