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Club for Boys participants bike the entire Mickelson Trail

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For kids, summer is the time to get out and explore. Organizers of one group in Rapid City want to make sure boys get the chance to discover what the Black Hills has to offer. On Tuesday, the Club for Boys set out to bike the Mickelson Trail.

Boys from the Club for Boys pedal away to start the Mickelson Trail and excitement is in the air.

"Probably just the experience of riding on the whole trail and seeing what it's like," said Zach Kostaneski, a member of the Club for Boys.

Kostaneski is looking forward to the opportunity. "Well, I've always wanted to do the Mickelson Trail and I could never do it because my mom and family always had to work."  

Eight boys are going on this biking adventure and only a couple have been on the Mickelson Trail before.  

"These kids all live in Rapid City, but they don't often get a chance to get out in the Black Hills, don't get a chance to ride on the Mickelson Trail," said Craig Tieszen, a Club for Boys volunteer.  

They'll ride more than thirty miles a day and sleep over in the club's cabin.  

The boys will do the 109 mile trail in three days. Some are doing it for fun, while others are biking to get in shape.  

"I have high cholesterol and I have to lose weight in two months or else it's bad. I just thought it would be good exercise," said Miguel Grifaldo, a Club for Boys member.

Grifaldo also likes exploring the outdoors. "Some people are stuck inside and this helps you get out."  

Tieszen says the trip will be fun, but it won't be easy.  

"It'll be a lot of sweat and work before we finish the trail. So it's a big adventure, and I think the boys will find it to be a memorable experience," said Tieszen.

The club has many outdoor activities for boys to enjoy during the summer.  

"We have 450 boys that come to the club every day. This is a special opportunity for a small number of them," said Tieszen.

The Club for Boys has two more Mickelson bike trips planned for the summer. On the July 30th trip they'll complete the trail in two days instead of three.

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