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GFP News - June 5, 2014




Make Plans to Attend Father's Day Weekend Events in South Dakota Parks

PIERRE, S.D. -- South Dakota state parks will hold several special events over Father’s Day weekend. The activities are a great way to spend a summer day with your family.  

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. There is no cost to participate in the events; however, park entrance licenses are required.

 For more information on activities in the SD state parks, visit www.gfp.sd.gov, contact the individual park office or call 605-773-3391.

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Pierre Mountain Bike Race Rescheduled for Oahe Days

PIERRE, S.D. -- The LaFramboise Island Mountain Bike Race has been rescheduled for June 21, coinciding with the Oahe Days celebration in Pierre. The date was moved from May 31 due to wet conditions.

"It should be a fun race for riders of all ages and abilities," said race coordinator John Simpson. "It's a great opportunity for local riders to experience LaFramboise Island, a natural wonderland located right within city limits."
The approximate six-mile per lap race will follow a course on mostly flat terrain through a combination of twisting, tree-lined single-track trail and wider double-track trails.

According to Simpson, there will be four classes of riders: beginner, recreation/sport, advanced and expert. Each class will have a division for men and women and complete a different number of laps on a well-marked course.
Helmets are mandatory and prizes will be awarded. The entry fee is $20. There will be cash awards for the top three expert and advanced riders. Every entrant receives a t-shirt and every beginner receives a medal.

Registration is from 9-10:30 a.m. at the LaFramboise Island Nature Area shelter. A racer's meeting is scheduled at 10:45 a.m. with the race to follow at 11 a.m.

Simpson urges participants to arrive early, as other Oahe Days events are taking place and may impact parking.
LaFramboise Island is located on the southwest edge of Pierre, at the end of the causeway separating the island from the city. The island is a natural, Missouri River island with mature stands of cottonwood, cedar and Russian olive trees and a variety of wildlife. Owned and managed by the South Dakota State Parks, it is located on the Lewis and Clark Trail and was visited by explorers Lewis and Clark. The island offers approximately nine miles of trail, much of which will serve as the course for the race.

For more information contact John Simpson at 605-224-7054, 605-222-0338 or at jrsimpson@pie.midco.net.

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