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Mary Beth Logue hugs Bonanza, one of her Alaskan husky sled dogs. Photo provided.
Mary Beth Logue hugs Bonanza, one of her Alaskan husky sled dogs. Photo provided. - Wellsboro, PA
Dogs, skijorers, and mushers gear up for The Canyon Sled Dog Challenge

The Canyon Sled Dog Challenge for skijorers and sled dog teams will be held on Saturday, February 22, if conditions allow. The challenge is an out-and-back 18-mile mid-distance run on the Pine Creek Rail Trail near Wellsboro.

In skijoring, a competitor on cross-country skis wears a skijoring harness attached by a 12-foot towline to a sledding harness worn by one or two dogs. The human doesn't have to be an expert skier and the dogs can include healthy mutts or purebreds of any type that love to run and tow.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the skijorers and their dogs followed by the mushers and their sled dog teams will leave in two-minute intervals from the Marsh Creek Access in Ansonia. They will run nine miles on the Pine Creek Rail Trail to Tiadaghton, turn around at a small teardrop loop, and run nine miles back to Ansonia.

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