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Duluth Faces Minneapolis in Round 4 of Best Outside City Contest

Updated: 05/30/2014 6:25 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 5:23 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

In the first three rounds of the contest, Duluth has creamed the competition. Now, in round four of Outside Magazine's Best Outside City in America contest, the port city is going head to head with Minnesota's largest metropolis: Minneapolis.

Duluth most recently beat out La Crosse, Wisconsin. In the first three rounds of voting, Duluth has been a top performer, receiving more votes than any other city in the contest.

But if Duluth is considered number one, Minneapolis is number two. They've been behind Duluth in each round of competition.

While Minneapolis may have some size on Duluth, Duluthians have some serious pride when it comes to living outside.

"We want to beat them because Duluth is better!" said Ryan Mallek, an avid mountain biker around Duluth.

As round four of voting kicked off on Friday, the mountain bike trails at Spirit Mountain opened for the season.

"Today we are opening three trails Smorgasbord, Candyland, and Blaster," said Briana Johnson, the marketing director at Spirit Mountain.

Whether hitting the bike trial or ski hill, Johnson said Spirit Mountain is a recreation hub all year round. It draws, skiers, bikers, and hikers. You can hop on the Superior Hiking Trail right at the base. For avid Duluth hikers, it's pretty ideal.

"You'll be out in the woods and you'll never know you are in a city," said Larry Sampson.

People who spend most of their time outdoors aren't surprised Duluth has made it so far in the best city contest. Just eight cities remain of the 64 that started.

"From Spirit Mountain to Brighton Beach and everywhere in between there are 129 municipal parks and that's not even including the biggest attraction of Lake Superior," said Jerry Thoreson with Destination Duluth.

He came up with VoteDuluth.com to simplify the voting process. #VoteDuluth has been blowing up social media, too.

"I think we're kind of the underdog because of the size of our city, but the fact of the matter is is that Minneapolis people come to Duluth to go outdoors," explained Thoreson.

Voting for round four goes through June 3. Click here to vote.

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