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Ready, sled-y, go: Build up to Aviemore Sled Dog Rally

Huskies Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Image caption More than a thousand dogs could be taking part in this weekend's races

Sled dog teams have started gathering in the Cairngorms for the 37th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.

The annual event will be held on a cross-country ski course around the shores of Loch Morlich near Aviemore.

Huskies Image copyright Russell Cheyne/Reuters
Image caption The rally has been held since 1984 when just 12 teams competed
Huskies Image copyright Russell Cheyne/Reuters
Image caption The rally is organised by the Siberian Husky Club of Great Britain in conjunction with Forestry and Land Scotland and sponsors
sled dogs Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Image caption The Aviemore race is the largest of its kind in the UK with as many as 250 mushers and more than a thousand dogs involved
Sled dogs Image copyright Russell Cheyne/Reuters
Image caption In the absence of snow, the racing is done using three-wheeled rigs
Sled dog Image copyright Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Image caption The dogs are training in the build up to the races on Saturday and Sunday

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