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The UK’s biggest sled dog rally takes place in Highlands this weekend

The UK’s biggest sled dog rally takes place in Highlands this weekend
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Ever dreamed of leading a team of huskies over snow-capped mountains? This weekend's dog sled rally means the reality might be a lot closer to home than you think!

By Natasha James , 24 Jan 2020

The Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

This year will see the annual Aviemore Sled Dog Rally take place in the Scottish Highlands. For the 36th year in a row, the spectacular event will take place, but it's been down to the hard work and dedication of the organisers that the event will go ahead.

Despite lots of interest (not to mention a real unique wow factor), the organisers were struggling to get the £15,000 funding that they required to hold the event but, in the nick of time, the relevant sponsorship has been secured.

"Mush!"

Teams will consist of between two and eight dogs who will pull their musher on a sled around a four to seven-mile trail. The youngest competitor in the children's class is just eight years old while the oldest musher is thought to be over 60.

Event organisers are hoping for snow this year to add to the thrill but if not a wheeled rig (a little like a tricycle minus the seat) will be used.

Over 1,000 sled dogs to take part

A number of snow dogs will participate in the race including Siberian Huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Samoyeds, Greenland dogs and Canadian Eskimo dogs.

Pete Jones, a musher who has participated at the rally for many years said,

“It's the 36th year the event has been running and the sled dog rally holds a lot of fun memories for a lot of veteran mushers who have been competing year after year. It’s been this passion that has turned the event into the most prestigious sled dog race held in the UK.”

We hope they all have lots of fun up there. We're already marking the date in our diaries for next year!

Take a look at the video below for details on last year's event.