Registration opens for Mickelson Trail Trek

Online registration for the 13th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek opens today, according to a news release from the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks. Bikers can sign up at www.MickelsonTrail.com.

Game, Fish and Parks officials encourage bicyclists to sign up early to ensure a spot in the Trek, which will be Sept. 17-19, 2010. The annual supported ride follows the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills from Edgemont to Lead/Deadwood. The ride began in 1998 as a celebration of the completion of the rails-to-trails project. Riders on the Trail Trek will cover the entire 109 miles of the trail over three days.

Registration before July 12 with merchandise is $170; without merchandise is $140. Registration after July 12 is $170, and merchandise is not available. The registration fee for the three-day ride includes the trail pass, shuttle service, refreshments and some meals during each day’s ride.

Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support. The ride is open to all bicyclists 14 years of age or older.

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online by visiting www.MickelsonTrail.com and following the "Trail Trek" link. The registration cutoff is Sept. 1, 2010.

For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the three-day Mickelson Trail Trek, visit www.MickelsonTrail.com or contact the Black Hills Trails office at (605) 584-3896.

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Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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