Cochrane wasn't named the Most Active Community in Canada, but it made a substantial jump in the standings from last year's national challenge of Participaction.

Ashley Fox, Sport4Life Cochrane vice-chair, says Cochrane jumped five spots from last year to finish seventh in Alberta, and 54th in the entire nation.

The announcement was made at the bike-a-thon finale on July 3.

"What an exciting finish to the Comunity Better Challenge," says Fox. "We really want to put Cochrane on the map as the most active community in Canada, and I think we did a pretty good job of making that known."

She says there were some pretty impressive minutes of activity registered by some community groups and events.

"Footstock, Snap Dance, Cochrane BMX, all of those groups did their numbers, and it's a reminder that step-by-step, those numbers really add up." 

Sport4Life spearheaded the campaign for the second year and looks forward to doing the same next year.

"I think that gives us more motivations to climb in the ranks for years to come," says Fox.

The annual Community Better Challenge was created to promote and encourage active living.

Sport4LifeLea Wiens, executive director of Sport4Life Cochrane, and vice-chair Ashley Fox.