Pierrre, SD – Registration is open for the 15th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek, and bicyclists can sign up online at www.mickelsontrail.com.

South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks officials encourage bicyclists to register early to ensure spots in the Trek, which will be held Sept. 14-16, 2012.

The annual supported ride highlights the George S. Mickelson Trail as it winds through the heart of the Black Hills, from Edgemont to Lead/Deadwood. More bicyclists are drawn to the Trek each year. The ride is open to everyone 14-years-old or older.

Riders on the Trail Trek will cover the entire 109 miles of the trail over three days, from Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

Registration before July 1, with merchandise, is $180, without merchandise, $150. Registration after July 1 is $180, but merchandise is not available. The registration fee for the three-day ride includes a trail pass, membership to the South Dakota Parks and Wildlife Foundation, shuttle service, refreshments, one meal and snacks during each day’s ride. Riders are responsible for accommodations and mechanical support.

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, 2012.

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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