Online registration for the 13th Annual Mickelson Trail Trek opens TODAY, Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. Mountain Time. 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 held Sept. 17 – 19, 2010. This is the same weekend as the 20th annual DEADWOOD JAM! A GREAT WEEKEND TO BE IN DEADWOOD!!!

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. The ride began in 1998 as a celebration of the completion of the rails-to-trails project. The Trek continues today to introduce new bicyclists to the trail and to thank supporters for their long-standing enthusiasm for the trail. Riders on the Trail Trek will cover the entire 109 miles of the trail over three days, from Friday, Sept. 17 through Sunday, Sept. 19.

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 3-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. Registration cutoff is September 1, 2010. For more information on the Mickelson Trail or the 3-day Mickelson Trail Trek, visit www.MickelsonTrail.com or contact the Black Hills Trails office at (605) 584-3896.

Get your registration in today – and a hotel room! Go to http://www.deadwood.org/Lodging/ to book a room.

Have a great weekend!
Lee