Lees-McRae College has earned a top-15 spot in the AORE Campus Challenge. Lees-McRae came in at number 13 in the 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-Madness competition with 98 schools from across the country going head-to-head for four weeks to see who can get the most people outside and active.

Participants used the Campus Challenge app and tracked 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.

This year's 13th place finish for Lees-McRae was an improvement over last year's 21st place finish.