Canyon Sled Dog Challenge on track for next weekend

ANSONIA — Sled dogs and their mushers will hit the trail — the Pine Creek Rail Trail — on Saturday for the first Canyon Sled Dog Challenge, an out-and-back 18-mile run from Ansonia to Tiadaghton.

Pro and registered breed teams of six and eight dogs each will pull sleds to test their skills. The pro dog teams will be Alaskan huskies. The registered breed teams will include purebreds such as the Alaskan malamute, Siberian husky, samoyed and chinook.

The teams will leave at 9 a.m. in two-minute intervals from the start at the Marsh Creek Access, run 9 miles to Tiadaghton, turn around at a small teardrop loop and run 9 miles back to Marsh Creek.

At the start there will only be room for the teams and officials, not spectators.

The only spectator area is the Darling Run Access on the rail trail. Spectators may park there but must stay off of the trail until the challenge ends and leave their own dogs at home.

To get to the Darling Run Access, take Route 6 to Shippen Township, turn onto Route 362, drive about 1.5 miles and turn right.

If there is not sufficient snow, the event will be cancelled, as will a Meet The Mushers event open to the public and planned for 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Burnin’ Barrel, Ansonia Valley Inn in Shippen Township, Route 6, Wellsboro.

Other displays, demonstrations and activities are being planned for Saturday at the Darling Run Access. For more information, call the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or email