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Winter sports enthusiasts can take their pick or try to win it all at the Snow Jam Series, which will have its final events in February and March.

The Lead Snow Jam will take place Feb. 25 at Lead Country Club. The final event is March 11 at Tomahawk Country Club in Deadwood, titled the Tomahawk Sprints. Previous events have taken place in Spearfish and Deadwood.

"We're looking forward to the last two races," said Jesse Hansen, race director. "They get good snow, they're nice courses, and they're right in the snow belt so they're great places to host events."

Cross-country skiing, snowshoe and fat tire bike races will be on the docket at both events, with 10K ski and showshoe races planned in Lead and a "hare scramble" for fat tire bikers. Tomahawk Country Club's events will be sprints.

"The fat bike category is probably the newest to most people," Hansen said. "It's a 4- to 5-inch wide tire, and you're out on hard-packed trails. It's like powder skiing on a bike."

Though many participate for trophies and medals in the point series, others choose to show up at two or three events for personal recreation or fun.

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"There are also awards for individual races as well," Hansen said.

Snow Jam is an event that outdoor enthusiasts look forward to every winter, Hansen said. "Most people are doing it for recreation, for fitness or for fun," she said. "We've got great scenic venues and sights, so there's no reason to sit on a bike inside this winter."

To sign up for one of the races, visit For more information, call 431-7558.

Contact Max B. O'Connell at 394-8427 or

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