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      Mushers hit the trails for Jack Pine 30

      Rounding out the weekend of sled dog races in the UP 200 weekend was the Jack Pine 30 in Gwinn. This 31-mile race loops teams through Sand Plains and back to Gwinn.

      Local residents eagerly cheered on the six-dog sled teams as they took off from the start line.

      Organizers say this event is great for mushers looking for a leisurely competition.

      "This race is a mix of people who have never raced before and others who have experience in distanced races, including Iditarod," said race director, Darlene Walch.

      A total of 18 teams competed this year.

      Mushers usually cross the finish line in under three hours, and this yearâ??s first place prize is $200.