Community Better Challenge set to begin

Kamloops is vying for the title of Canada's most active community and the $150,000 prize that comes with the designation


ParticipACTION’s inaugural Community Better Challenge begins on Friday, giving Kamloops just over two weeks to prove it is the most active city in Canada.

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The Community Better Challenge invites communities across the country to get active and compete for the chance to win a national prize of $150,000 or regional prizes of $20,000.

The competition runs from May 31 and June 16.

PLAY Kamloops, a local network of community organizations, non-profit groups and government sectors committed to community health and wellness, has been promoting the competition locally, working to bring as many Kamloops residents, companies and organizations on board as possible.

The City of Kamloops, School District 73 and PacificSport Interior are involved, with city and school district staff will logging their movement minutes throughout the competition. Additionally, 16,000 students from will be logging their activity on a daily basis.

Businesses have also joined the Challenge, including those from the fitness and wellness, real estate, law and sports sectors.

There are many Kamloops-based activities taking place during the Challenge’s May 31 to June 16 period, including:

• The final day of Bike to Work Week (May 31);

• National Health and Fitness Day, with free access to the Tournament Capital Centre and Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre and a free community yoga class at McDonald Park (June 1);

• Kamloops Adapted Sports Association’s Wheelchair Basketball Jamboree at the TCC (June 1-2);

• Kamloops Beach Volleyball Club Tournament at Overlander Beach (June 1-2);

• North Face Dirty Feet Six-hour Bike Relay in Kenna Cartwright Park  (June 9);

During the Challenge, PLAY Kamloops will be hosting giveaways to encourage people to participate.

Connect with PLAY Kamloops on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share your activities using the #PLAYKamloops hashtag for a chance to win prizes

 The competition begins on May 31, but registration is open now. Registration is available to groups/organizations and individuals. Register online at

In addition, participants can download the free ParticipACTION app for Apple and Android phones and is free to download. The app encourages people to build bits of movement into their day.

Canada’s most active community — and the national prize of $150,000 that comes with the designation — will be revealed on June 27.


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