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Sled dogs will return to the woods of northwestern Pennsylvania for the first time in two years on Jan. 19 because of renewed interest in the sport, the event's sponsors say.

This is the seventh year for the races, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Marshburg Fire Hall on Route 59, two miles west of Bradford.

There will be 30 dog teams competing in two races: one, running a course of more than 100 miles and the other, 67 miles.

The starting line is a quarter-mile east of the fire hall on Route 59. Racers will cover a circuitous route west toward the Kinzua Dam in the Allegany National Forest, then northeast toward Bradford, and south to the Marshburg starting line.

The races will last until at least midnight for the large teams and 5 p.m. for the smaller teams.

Competitors are expected from as far away as Ontario, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Virginia.

The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Cross-Country Sled Dog Association.

Also featured are weight pulls for individual dogs, rides on horse-drawn sleighs and a cross-country ski prize run.

The events are free and open to the public.

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