A Quebec aims for a 10th win in a dog sled in Maine

Un Québécois vise une 10e victoire en traîneau à chiens au Maine

FORT KENT — The Quebec Martin Massicotte seeks a 10th victory in the race of sled dogs Can-Am Crown International, the largest competition of its kind in the State of Maine in the United States.

The “musher”, the name given to the leader of the dogs, has already won the race of 250 miles nine times.

Saturday morning, the departure has been given at Fort Kent in the full cacophony of barking characteristic of these competitions canines.

A total of 35 sleds took to the start in one of three categories : 30 miles, 100 miles and 250 miles. The winners can get their qualification for the competition of the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.

The couplers out of Fort Kent have to travel to Portage Lake, and then to Allagash, before completing the loop back to Fort Kent. We are waiting for the return of the teams Monday morning.

The champion, Martin Massicotte is a resident of St-Tite. Before departure, he pointed out that heavy snowfall in northern Maine could complicate the task of the leaders of the dogs. Other precipitation is expected during the end of the week.

In the interview, he said he expected a long journey and arduous, especially because of the warmer temperatures and rainfall that Sunday.

The Quebec said that a 10th title would be a symbolic step that would mark the history of the competition.

However, whether he wins or not, the leader of the dogs did not intend to be back for the race of 2020. It is rather a participation in the famous race of the Iditarod, a journey of 1000 miles across Alaska.

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