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Duluth holds lead over Provo in final of 'best outdoors town' contest

A group of mountain bikers winds down a series of tight turns on the Candyland mountain biking trail at Spirit Mountain in Duluth in summer 2013. (News Tribune file photo)

Duluth is leading Provo, Utah, in the final round of voting in Outside magazine’s annual “best outdoors towns” competition.

As of mid-morning Thursday - midway through the sixth and final round - Duluth had about 49,100 votes to about 38,450 for Provo. Voting closes at 10:59 p.m. Sunday.

Duluth beat Columbia, Mo.; Athens, Ohio; La Crosse, Wis.; Minneapolis; and then Asheville, N.C., in head-to-head competition in the first five rounds of the contest. The city's outdoor assets are being touted by an active social media campaign, with a “VoteDuluth” tag being used on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To vote and to see the current standings, go to, which directs people to the Outside magazine ballot.

The outdoors and adventure-oriented magazine’s annual “best place to live in America” winner is being chosen by online voting this year, with 64 communities starting head-to-head competition last month.