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Meet the Can-Am 2013 mushers...

The following lists ARE in order of bib numbers

   IWC 250   WJC 60   PBC 30
Andre Longchamps Jessica Holmes Davis Cyr
Martin Massicotte Eric Chagnon Terry Knowles
Mario Racine Scott Johnson Joan Chapman
Bob Shanahan Elyssa Strong-Tinsley Rico Portalatin
Laura Daugereau Jim Oehlschlaeger Leigh Hunteman
Remy Leduc Gilles Harnois Andy Bartleet
Ryan Anderson Manon Moore David Punch
Spencer Thew Sylvain Robillard Scott Isabelle
Jaye Foucher Heather D'Arcy Amy de Wolski
Kasey McCarty Paul Boudreau Sally Manikian
Gino Roussel Becki Tucker Holly Dionne
Steve Crone Marla Brodsky Peter Franke
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Irving Woodlands Can-Am 250

Andre Longchamps
  • From: Pont-Rouge, QC
  • Age: 42
  • Occupation: paving worker
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Andre Longchamps
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Victor; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Ready; 9 year old male Alaskan
    • Bang; 3 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 2 place 2011
    • Eagle Lake 100; 4 place 2012
My wife and I own a kennel of 60 dogs. We both race and our 10 year old son trains dogs with us. What I like about sledding is ALL of it .... working with the dogs, outdoors, everything!

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Martin Massicotte
  • From: St-Tite, QC
  • Age: 44
  • Occupation: pavement contractor
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Martin Massicotte
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kiwi; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Apple Core; 6 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Yukon Quest 1000 mile; 6 place 2003
    • Can-Am 250; 5 place 2012
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2011
    • Eagle Lake 100; 3 place 2012
I've been a musher since I was 8 years old. But at that time I only raced sprints. In 1995 I raced my first Can Am 60, and since that time I raced the 250 mile Can-Am-Crown. In 2003 I raced the Yukon Quest 1000 mile, the dream race of every long distance musher, where I took 5th place. I won the Can-Am 250 four times and I am working to win it one more time!!!

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Mario Racine
  • From: Ste. Cecile de Milton, QC
  • Age: 49
  • Occupation: Hydro-Quebec technician
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Mario Racine
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Saluk; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Achille; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Chaman; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Ozna; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Danvy; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Samie; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 2 place 2012
    • Can-Am 250; 5 place 2008
    • Can-Am 250; 9 place 2007
    • Eagle Lake 100; 7 place 2012
I started out as a tourist guide for sled dog tours 20 years ago. Since then, I have gradually changed my line of dogs from Sibe's to Alaskan's to transit from tourism to long distance racing. I have noticed that in training my dogs every year, there is always something new to learn. My dogs are my teachers and my best friends. The more time I spend with them, the more the bond gets stronger. Everybody should learn from sled dogs!

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Bob Shanahan
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  • From: Mechanicsburg, OH
  • Age: 45
  • Occupation: self employed
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Bob Shanahan
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Colonel; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Sissy; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Violet; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • General; 2 year old male Alaskan
    • Wiley; 7 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Torch River Run 200; 3 place 2010
    • Midnight Run 90; place 2010
    • Midnight Run 90; place 2011
I'm a happily married father of three beautiful daughters. I own a small construction company and I enjoy dog sledding because of the peace and quiet. I enjoy all aspects of the mushing lifestyle: breeding, raising, training, and eventually racing. I've never been to Fort Kent and I'm looking forward to seeing the country.

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Laura Daugereau
  • From: Port Gamble, WA
  • Age: 30
  • Occupation: construction
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Laura Daugereau
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Wilye; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Helens; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Dom; 8 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Iditarod 1049mi.; 64 place 2008
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2012
    • Race to the Sky 350; 2 place 2012
    • Race to the Sky 350; 2 place 2011
I have been looking forward to coming back to Fort Kent from about the time I got over the drive back home across the country! You have a great race, town and people! One of the things I love about racing sled dogs is getting to travel through new and challenging trails, and the Can-Am has them! I would not be able to race this year without the constant support and sponsorship from Cornerstone Home Services, Redpaw, Great Falls Veterinary Service and the many others that keep my team on the trails!

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Remy Leduc
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  • From: Glenwood, NB
  • Age: 28
  • Occupation: aviation
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Remy Leduc
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 9 place 2012

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Ryan Anderson
  • From: Ray, MN
  • Age: 31
  • Occupation: carpenter
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ryan Anderson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Ernie; 5 year old male husky
    • Grizzly; 3 year old male husky
    • Sara; 6 year old female husky
    • Franzen; 4 year old male husky
    • Ozark; 3 year old male husky
    • Heath; 2 year old male husky
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargrease 375; 1 place 2011
    • Seely Lake 200; 1 place 2010
    • UP 200; 1 place 2010
    • UP 200; 1 place 2011
    • UP 200; 1 place 2012
    • Can-Am 250; 1 place 2012
I have been racing sled dogs nearly all my life and am looking forward to the Can-Am. My wife and I have about 40 dogs in our kennel, including puppies. During the summer I am a carpenter, and I spend a lot of time running dogs in the winter.

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Spencer Thew
  • From: South Colton, NY
  • Age: 71
  • Occupation: Professor of Engineering - Clarkson University
  • Website: http://www.callofthewild-kennel.com
  • Team Owner: Spencer Thew
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Nova; 9 year old female Siberian
    • Eagle; 6 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Iditarod 1150mi.; 51 place 1993
    • Kearney 80; 5 place 2012
    • Massena Dash 6mi.; 2 place 2012
    • Can-Am 60; 16 place 2012
Spencer has 4 grown children and 8 grand-children. He is a geotechnical engineer and managed his own business for forty years. Currently, Spencer is the Director of Construction Engineering Management at Clarkson University. He started recreational dog mushing in 1985 as a deterrent to working 80 plus hours per week. He progressed rapidly from recreational to sprint to mid-distance to distance mushing. In 1993 he completed the Iditarod.

Spencer has raced throughout the North American continent, including races such as the Beargrease 150 and 500, the Labrador 400, Marmora 150, Can Am 60 and 250, Eldorado 60, Sandwich 30 and 60, Bancroft 30 and 60, Yukon Quest 300, Endless Mtn 60, Stratford 30, Mannsville Quest 30, and Gold Quest 80.

He loves being with Mother Nature and his dogs. His goal is to stay healthy and keep mushing. Happy Trails!

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Jaye Foucher
  • From: New Portland, ME
  • Age: 46
  • Occupation: web developer
  • Website: http://www.sibersong.com
  • Team Owner: Jaye Foucher
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Sami; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Lightning; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Anya; 5 year old female Siberian
    • Thunder; 4 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 12 place 2008
    • Eagle Lake 100; 5 place 2013
    • Kearney 120; 6 place 2012
    • Can-Am 250; 16 place 2010
    • Greenville Wilderness 100; 9 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 10 place 2012
I've been mushing since fall 0f2000, and racing since 2003. I started off competing in 30 mile races but always knew I wanted to run distance. In 2007 I began doing 100+ races and ran my first Can-Am 250, and discovered that running checkpoint races was everything I had imagined and dreamed it would be. This will be my 5th Can-Am 250 - I love this race, and seeing the same wonderful volunteers each year is like "coming home"! I moved to the mountains of Maine this past summer, where I live with a kennel of mostly siberian huskies and a few alaskans.

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Kasey McCarty
  • From: Lexington, ME
  • Age: 26
  • Occupation: college for veternary technician
  • Website: http://www.fortilliokennels.com
  • Team Owner: Kasey McCarty
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Wat; 7 year old male Siberian
    • Roland; 7 year old male Siberian
    • Bones; 3 year old male Siberian
    • Dixie; 3 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 100; 6 place 2013
    • Can-Am60; 12 place 2012
I have been mushing since I was 10 years old, racing since 2008. We have finished 4 100 mile races and find that at the finish line of each one of them we as a team are still wanting more. This will be our first year running the 250 mile race and we are very excited to hit the trail! Especially sinse this is our 6th year in a rcw coming to this race and we just love all the effort that goes into this race from all the volunteers and all the race organizers!

Mushing to me is all about the dogs, they are my best friends, and I really enjoy sharing the many miles we travel together as well as everything they have taught me and continue to teach me.

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Gino Roussel
  • From: St-Jacques, NB
  • Age: 55
  • Occupation: retired military
  • Website: http://Baisley Lodges on facebook
  • Team Owner: Gino Roussel
  • Lead Dogs:
    • JR; 6 year old male Canadian Snow Hound
    • Nikita; 3 year old female Canadian Snow Hound
    • Rhum; 6 year old male Canadian Snow Hound
    • Skout; 4 year old male Canadian Snow Hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: L'Odyssee Appalachienne 100; 6 place 2013
    • Eagle Lake 100; place 2013
    • Can-Am 60; 18 place 2012
    • Can-Am 60; 24 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 23 place 2020
    • Can-Am 30; 16 place 2009
The dogs and I have gradually been climbing this ladder towards this 250 starting chute. Starting from the bottom with the 30 miler then the dreaded 60 milers. Many contenders have thrown their hats into the ring so to participate but very few made the cut. These dogs that you have in front of you this morning have worked extremely hard to be part of this team. While some of them are still young, 2 year olds", the seasoned veterans have got over 12,000 miles of trail experience. There were good times and hard times but most importantly, this time that was spent together out there built this tremendous bond between man and dogs. A bond that is full of love, compassion and respect for these animals. Other than finishing this 250 mile race, if I was to be granted a wish it would be that these fine athletes in front of you be recognized by a fine round of applause. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you, the few, the proud - the Canadian snowhounds ....

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Steve Crone
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  • From: Mason Township, ME
  • Age: 59
  • Occupation: owner New England Dogsledding and Telemark Inn Wilderness Lodge
  • Website: http://www.newenglanddogsledding.com
  • Team Owner: Steve Crone
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Dark Star; 8 year old female Alaskan Husky
    • Apache; 6 year old female Alaskan Husky
    • Chippy "chipmunk"; 2.5 year old female Alaskan Husky
    • Robin; 2.5 year old male Alaskan Husky
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 8 place 2003
    • Can-Am 250; 6 place 2002
I've been running dogs for the past 22 years- both racing and recreationally- offering sled dog tours to the public in the National Forest and Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge areas of western Maine and NH. I began working with sled dogs by skijoring and then put them to sleds and started sprint racing and eventually moved on to longer runs and events such as the Can-Am. I am looking forward to exposing my good dogs to the Can-Am once more - some of my team members are younger and need the education that this race will certainly offer. Fort Kent does a great job as a community putting this world class event together each year- and I'm psyched to be a very small part of this happening. Thanks.

I am owner and operator of New England Dogsledding for the past 22 years- Also we offer therapeutic Horse and Husky programs to special needs populations both residential treatment facilities and private alike.

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Denis Tremblay
  • From: St. Michel des Saints, QC
  • Age: 38
  • Occupation: private club gardian
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Denis Tremblay
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Jack; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Sol; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Frisbie; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Yukon Quest 1000; 14 place 2013
    • Beargrease 400; 3 place 2010
    • Can-Am 250; 5 place 2011
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2009

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Jessica Holmes
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  • From: Portage, ME
  • Age: 22
  • Occupation: nursing student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jessica Holmes
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Baby Sprout; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Dani; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 27 place 2012
This will be our third year at the Can-Am, and the team and I cannot wait. We absolutely love this race. I love my team and I am grateful that they run with me and to have them. They are amazing dogs and their spirit to run is beautiful. I could not ask for any more. I would like to thank my family for supporting me in my dreams and helping me get here, and all my friends who have supported me and encouraged me to run as well. I love all of you guys! And I would like to thank my team for running with me this year. I would also like to thank my team handler Karry Flint for being there and supporting me. I love you! And hugs to Billy Thibodeau for supporting me and helping out so much! In the future I hope to have my RN, expand my kennel, and get into longer distance races. My team and I cannot wait to run in this amazing race again this year. We would like to wish everyone the best of luck and we cannot wait to see everyone!

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Eric Chagnon
  • From: Parent, QC
  • Age: 47
  • Occupation: forestry foreman
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Eric Chagnon
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Bibi; 4 year old female mixed breed
    • Tom; 7 year old male mixed breed
    • Demon; 6 year old male mixed breed
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Odyssee Appalachienne 66; 3 place 2008
    • Can-Am 60; 8 place 2012
    • Odyssee Appalachienne 45; 3 place 2011
I like being alone with my dogs on a beautiful trail in the bush. I like fishing, hunting and trapping. I would like to be a better musher in the future and would like to try a longer race in the future.

I give a lot of rides around my village with tourists on the runners or in the sled.

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Scott Johnson
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  • From: New York, NY
  • Age: 40
  • Occupation: finance
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Scott Johnson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Leyla; 4 year old female Euro Hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 10 place 2012
    • Stratford Nighthawks 20; 1 place 2012
    • Can-Am 30; 19 place 2011
After being active in skijor and dryland, we started running 6-dog teams two years ago and have had a great time the past two years at the Can-Am. I am eagerly looking forward to returning and trying a longer distance.

I'm also proud to likely be the most urban musher...I do live in New York City and have skijored in Central Park. See you in March in Fort Kent!

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Elyssa Strong-Tinsley
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  • From: Goshen, VA
  • Age: 44
  • Occupation: owner of a deer processing facility
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Elyssa Strong-Tinsley
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Jaxx; 6 year old male Alaskan/Hound
    • Sid; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Jumbo; 6 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Jr. Iditarod 135mi.; 3 place 1985
    • Trappers Special 6; 3 place 2011
    • Jim Lobdell 6; 3 place 2011
    • Lake George NESDC 6; 5 place 2011
    • Massena Dash 6; 7 place 2012
I grew up in Alaska with my dad, who ran the Iditarod 4 times. I helped him train and also raised my own team. I ran the Junior Iditarod 3 times, always placing in the top 5. My lead dog, Babe, won the golden harness award 2 years for best lead dog in the race. My youngest son, Wesley, shares my love of dog racing and has competed in Jr. sprint races. We have been sprint racing for the past 3 years, but my real love is the distance racing. This will be the first longer distance race that I have competed in since leaving Alaska.

I am related to the Seavey family in Alaska. I lived with Dan and Shirley Seavey in order to attend high school (the town I lived in was too small to have a high school). I took my dog team with me and trained with them during my years in their household.

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Jim Oehlschlaeger
  • From: Hooven, Ohio
  • Age: 66
  • Occupation: Electrical contractor
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jim Oehlschlaeger
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Pelly; 10 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Iditarod; 92, 93,02
    • Can-Am 250; 3 times
    • Yukon Quest; 2001
Jim owns and operates Ozone Sled Dogs. He likes training and racing sled dogs and always likes coming to Fort Kent.

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Gilles Harnois
  • From: St-Alexis des monts, QC
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: game warden / musher
  • Website: http://www.desloupiots.com
  • Team Owner: Claudine Pinette
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Rebelle; 9 year old male Siberian
    • Racer; 3 year old male Siberian
    • Chaman; 2 year old male Siberian
    • Vaillant; 9 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Odyssee Appalachienne 120; 8 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 14 place 2012
    • Odyssee Appalachienne 45; 11 place 2010
I have been mushing and giving tourist rides for sixteen years. Racing is a vacation for me and the dogs from going crazy turning around in the same trails. I have been racing for three years. I'm challenging myself to qualify for a 250 mile race. I love long distance runs so I run with Siberian Huskies. This is my second visit to Fort Kent.

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Manon Moore
  • From: St-Gabriel Du Brandon, QC
  • Age: 48
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Manon Moore
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Schnapps; 6 year old male Swingley cross
    • Ponch; 6 year old female Swingley cross
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 30; 5 place 2013
    • Can-Am 30; 12 place 2007

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Sylvain Robillard
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  • From: Saint-Gabriel De Brandon, QC
  • Age: 46
  • Occupation: carpenter / horseshoer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Sylvain Robillard
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Porto; 6 year old male Swingley cross
    • Sake; 6 year old female Swingley cross
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: IPSSSDR; 12 place 2011
    • Eagle Lake 100; 1 place 2010
    • Odyssee Appallachienne 120; 3 place 2011
    • Odyssee Appallachienne 120; 2 place 2010

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Heather D'Arcy
  • From: Underhill, VT
  • Age: 26
  • Occupation: program manager for Ensave AG. Efficiency
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ingrid Bower & Heather D'Arcy
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Lilly; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Pip; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Juniper; 2 year old female Siberian
    • Gale; 3 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 21 place 2012
    • Stratford 20; 2010
I am dedicating this race to my dog Watson. He died this summer at 4.5 years of age. As a yearling I was only training him for running 15 and 20 mile races. After a few injuries on the main race team he was added to the 60 team but was expected to be dropped at the checkpoint. However, he finished the entire race and was one of the best dogs on the team. I was extremely proud of him as he was just over a year old and his longest run prior to the race was just 25 miles. Although he died young I feel so lucky to have had him. He was a great dog with a unique spiritual presence and he is sorely missed. This race is for Watson. I hope to make him proud.

I have been running dogs for 7 years. I have done shorter races over the years and also run sled tours.

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Paul Boudreau
  • From: L’Assomption, QC
  • Age: 70
  • Occupation: retired
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Paul Boudreau
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Muff; female Alaskan - hound
    • Fanny; female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Labrador 400; 3, 3, 4, 3 place 1992, 93, 95, 97 respectively
    • Marmora 25; 1 place 2010
    • L'Odyssee Appalachienne 30; 1 place 2009
    • Can-Am 60; 5 place 2010
    • Can-Am 60; 4 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 4 place 2012
I have been mushing for 40 years. This year will be my last 60 mile race. It is time for me to do more relaxed mushing and shorter races and take more quality time for me and my family and friends and my four-legged friends, the dogs. I love being here in March. It's like coming home. I'll see you next year if I can.

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Becki Tucker
  • From: Voluntown, CT
  • Age: 36
  • Occupation: veterinary emergency / critical care nurse
  • Website: http://www.outlawridgesleddogs.com
  • Team Owner: Becki Tucker
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Sweet & Sinnister Shimmer; 5 year old female Siberian
    • Super Star; 2.5 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 100; 8 place 2013
    • L'Odyssee Appalachienne 100; 9 place 2013
    • Sandwich Notch 45; 9 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 18 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 21 place 2010
I've been racing dogs for 16 years. What started out as sprint racing became long distance. Five years ago I knew I wanted to try larger harder races. I planned to go from 30's to 100's but then I suffered a serious head trama that took a lengthy recovery for me. This year I'm finally able to do that and with a totally new team. (2 veterans and 10 yearlings) Our focus and goals have changed and as hard as it is to live in Connecticut and run, train and own dogs all on your own and work full time. This is the life I chose to live and I love the energy, dedication and hard work it takes the team & I to do the best we can and always enjoy the ride.

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Marla Brodsky
  • From: W. Chesterfield, MA
  • Age: 53
  • Occupation: blues singer / martial artist / musher / mama
  • Website: http://www.hilltownwildernessadventures.com
  • Team Owner: Marla Brodsky
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Spunk; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Rollo; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Rosie; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 14 place 2011
    • Can-Am 30; 20 place 2010
    • Brownville 33; 4 place 2011
    • NESDC 8; place 2010
    • NESDC Auburn Charity Rig Races 6 dog; 1 place 2010
    • NESDC/SDRA Skijor Race; 2 place 2009
I am a blues singer turned martial artist turned musher and a mama. l'm a mama to 17 Alaskan Huskies & 1 eight year old daughter. Aliy Zirkle retired one of her female leaders to me in 2007. Betty & Rlon Bates young dog, Bear, gave me 2 litters of 9 beautiful, blonde, sweet, strong, Alaskan Husky sled dogs. Back at home l have the next generation from my female leader, Rosie, bred to Aily's male leader, Beamer, Iditarod runner-up in 2012 & Allen Moore's Quest Champion team this year In 2013. Those 6 eight month old pups can’t wait to join us next year! I live off the grid in an Eco-Village where l tried to bring a little of Alaska back East. I'd rather ride a dog sled than a train, plane, or car. And l'd rather hang with my unabashedly honest canines any day for some good lovin's & huggln's. See ya on the trail...

I have trained with Aliy Zirkle and Allen Moore 2007-2009 in Alaska. I run my own Touring & Racing Kennel, Hilltown Wilderness Adventures 2009-2013.

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Davis Cyr
  • From: Fort Kent, ME
  • Age: 21
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Snowrunner Kennels
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Seven; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Olive; 5 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 22 place 2010
I have been handling dogs for my family's kennel for over 13 years. This is my second time racing the Can-Am 30. My father, Dennis Cyr, beat me last time. I look forward to not letting that happen again. After the race, I'd love to stay behind and sign autographs, but I'll need to catch a ride up to Rocky Brook, where I'll be volunteering for my 8th year.

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Terry Knowles
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  • From: Brownville, ME
  • Age: 65
  • Occupation: US Army retired
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Terry Knowles
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Planck; 4 year old male Siberian
    • Kee; 4 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Sherman/Patten 100; 10 place 2001
    • Can-Am 30; 12 place 2011
    • Brownville to KI 30; 7 place 2011
I have been mushing for over 27 years. For many years I did mostly 60 mile races all over the northeast. I have participated in 15 Can-Am Crown races. I have always had the goal of making training and racing fun for me and my dogs. In the past several years I have made an effort to mentor beginning mushers to meet their goals. I retired from the US army in 1998, and I am proud of all our deployed soldiers. My girlfriend and wife, Margie, has been a great supporter of me and mushing in general.

I have also been Teaching at the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club's Basics and Beyond Course. I am Race Coordinator for the Brownville and Beyond 30-mile Race.

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Joan Chapman
  • From: Brownville, ME
  • Age: 70
  • Occupation: kennel manager & dog driver
  • Website: http://www.critterwoods.com
  • Team Owner: Gary & Joan Chapman
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Coal; 10 year old male Siberian
    • Daffodil; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Ziva; 3 year old female Siberian
    • Finch; 4 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 15 place 2011
    • Brownville 30; 2011
My husband, Gary, and I have moved twice in the last 10 years because of the dogs. We have found the perfect place right on the trail. We love our Siberians and one Alaskan and one Belgian Malinois. Now that we are both retired, we can run dogs every day. We are involved in the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club and usually do their races along with the Can-Am. I hope I can run dogs until I'm 90!

I have run many sprint races in the 4 dog and 6 dog classes. For the past 25 years my husband and I have organized overnight camping trips with dogs. We love to do demonstrations for schools and other events.

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Rico Portalatin
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  • From: Westhampton, MA
  • Age: 41
  • Occupation: Onecard Coordinator at Smith College
  • Website: http://www.jazzmineskennel.com
  • Team Owner: Rico & Paula Portalatin
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Malt; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Knickers; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Nastia; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 1 place 2011
    • Eagle Lake 30; 1 place 2012
    • Can-Am 30; 2 place 2012
We are looking forward to another year at the Can-Am. Last winter was a challenge with the lack of snow, so we are hoping for a VERY snowy winter. We always enjoy Fort Kent with such great fans and race organizers.

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Leigh Hunteman
  • From: Cambridge, MD
  • Age: 61
  • Occupation: flight instructor
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Leigh Hunteman
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Claudia; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Rachel; 2 year old female Alaskan
    • Pulli; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Hader; 4 year old male Euro Hound
    • Wailer; 5 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Fair Hill Challenge 3.5mi Sprint; 1 place 2010
Hi, my name is Leigh and I come from a state that doesn't see a lot of mushing, Maryland. I get many strange looks whenever I'm seen with the team logging miles! I've been mushing since a trip to Alaska in which I followed the Iditarod in 2007. While I was in Alaska I had a chance to run a team of 6 for a couple hours and that was all it took. I am an older female musher and for me when I started, it was like my life started all over again. I've always had dogs around, but there is just something very special about exploring new trails with my team. The dogs got me up and off the couch and taught me how to be more in the present and going forward. I have done some shorter races and now my effort is moving towards spending more time on the trail with my best buds. I ran part of the Can-Am 30 last year and learned so much on that go, that I am back to give it another whirl. I have attended many training programs, but none gave me the education that this race did. Everyone in Fort Kent was so helpful and nice, I am back to enjoy the experience again. I have a young team and we are learning and hopefully will grow old together. As I said, I am looking to go further with my team, so hopefully when I complete the 30 this year...I will be back in the future to give the 60 and maybe the 250 a run. The team is my life and my family now.

I have participated in several Mushing Boot Camps in Maine and Minnesota and A Step Beyond Training Camp in Minnesota. I've been in two Wilderness Survival Training Programs. I've also had loads of fun letting the dogs teach me to be a good musher

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Andy Bartleet
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  • From: Albany Township, ME
  • Age: 48
  • Occupation: Hurricane Island Outward Bound School program manager
  • Website: http://www.sledpets.com
  • Team Owner: Caroline Blair-Smith & Andy Bartleet
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Tilli; 9 year old female Alaskan
    • Tuckamore; 10 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 21 place 2011
    • Sandwich Notch (Ski Jor 20mi); 1 place 2012
My wife, Caroline Blair-Smith, and I run a small guiding business in Western Maine in the winter with our 19 Alaskan Huskies at Mornington Crescent Sled dogs. We prefer to work with small groups of clients and individualized itineraries. We don't do "one size fits all" guiding, but prefer to choose locations and times to suit the conditions and the clients. We also work for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School based in Maine, which offers wilderness-based expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service. We run courses for individuals and groups, from teenagers to adults, including schools, colleges, Veterans, and corporate groups. Summers are fully booked, but as September rolls in we become increasingly more free to train and run the dogs. We train and guide up to 6 days a week through the winter and are lucky enough to live next to the White Mountain National Forest and have access to trails right out of our yard. Our website is www.sledpets.com, which sums up our team of dogs: part sled dogs, part pets. Racing provides the excuse to take the dogs to see new trails and meet lots of new people, which they seem to enjoy. My goal is to finish the race with the older and slower dogs in our kennel in a happy respectable time.

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David Punch
  • From: Kingsbury Plantation, ME
  • Age: 46
  • Occupation: arborist
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: David Punch
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Noah; 10 year old male Alaskan
    • Rain; 10 year old female Alaskan
    • Avalanche; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Eamon; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Glacier; 5 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 13 place 2011
This will be my 8th year at the Can-Am 30 and 60 mile races. Last year I found myself driving 16 dogs across the lake. That didn't go well! I'm hoping for a nice fun run this year with my veteran dogs.

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Scott Isabelle
  • From: Wolfeboro, NH
  • Age: 51
  • Occupation: assistant superintendent of schools
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Scott Isabelle
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Taiga; 8 year old male Siberian
    • Orla; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Kaltag; 7 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Sandwich Notch 20;
    • Wonalancet 15; 4th place
    • Nighthawks 17.5;
    • Profile Falls 12.5;
    • Mansville Quest 15;
We are a small mid-distance purebred Siberian husky racing team from the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. I first became involved in dog-powered sports in 2004, when I skijored with my two Siberians in the 15 mile Sandwich Sled Dog Race. I am now focusing our running primarily on 15 to 30 mile races. I enjoy running Siberians for their intelligence, good health, drive in harness and the special bond they have with me and my family. My goal is to work with my dogs to improve their performance and to spend time on the trail developing a well balanced team. There is no greater pleasure than being out in the wilderness running a well disciplined team. When not training and racing, I scooter and hike with my dogs. We are currently working on climbing all the 4000 footers in NH. My Siberians carry their own food and water in a backpack and work with me scrabbling over rocks and ledges as we climb to each summit. Our dogs are our family and are involved in all aspects of our life. The more time and love we give to our dogs, the more they give to us in return.

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Amy de Wolski
  • From: Grafton, MA
  • Age: 27
  • Occupation: occupational therapist
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Fred & Heidi Delano
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kim; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Jasper; 9 year old male Alaskan
    • Zappa; 7 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 3 place 2012
We have been running sled dogs since 2003, it's a family affair. Unfortunately, a little over a year ago my husband's job took me to Massachusetts, which has decreased my dog time. My parents however, continue to run a 25 dog kennel in Maine, with about 14 in race training this year. I have been making many trips this fall and winter to continue to help with our family addiction, as that is what dog sledding really is! My husband, Sean, has been a wonderful supporter and has driven many miles and long nights with me. Hopefully he realized this was part of the package when joining a dog sledding family. Looking forward to a fun and hopefully, fast run at the great Can-Am race.

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Sally Manikian
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  • From: Shelburne, NH
  • Age: 31
  • Occupation: Appalachian Mountain Club - Trails Dept..
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Sally Manikian
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Lucy; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Grenade; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Souris; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Falcon; 3 year old male Pointer Cross
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 18 place 2011
    • Stratford Nighthawks 17.5; 2 place 2011
Last year was my first year at the Can Am, and I loved the race, the energy of the community of Fort Kent, and the excitement of being around so many high caliber teams. I'm thrilled to return again this year. This is my second year racing, and I continue to learn, both from other mushers and from the dogs themselves.

I work for the Appalachian Mountain Club managing a backcountry field program in the Trails Department, and am (very!) fortunate to have a boss who is a retired dog driver and understands the insanity and addiction of sled dogs.

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Holly Dionne
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  • From: St. David, ME
  • Age: 17
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Amy & Holly Dionne
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Shay; 2 year old female Alaskan
    • Tilly; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Lovey; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Bella; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Quil Muffin; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Lucy; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 15 place 2012
    • Eagle Lake 30; 8 place 2012
    • Can-Am 30; 7 place 2011
    • Brownville 30; 3 place 2011
I've been running sled dogs for 5 years now, racing and giving tours. I enjoy spending time on the runners with my dogs and love to hear the snow passing under my runners in the middle of the woods. In the summers I love keeping our dogs busy by letting them free run and practicing our leader skills.

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Peter Franke
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  • From: New Durham, NH
  • Age: 50
  • Occupation: engineer
  • Website: http://www.rpf.smugmug.com
  • Team Owner: Peter Franke
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Luc; 6 year old male Siberian
    • WaYa; 4 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 6 place 2012
    • Can-Am 30; 3 place 2011
    • Sandwich Notch 20; 3 place 2011
    • Stratford 13; 1 place 2011
    • Stratford 17.5; 2 place 2012
I started with one dog in the year 2000 just to have a running companion. That dog ended up running the marathon with me in 2002. Over the years we did (and do) all kinds of dog powered sports .... skijoring, pulka, dog sledding, canicross, bikejoring, rig racing. Now there are 9 purebred Siberian Huskies in our small kennel "SnowRunner"; 7 are in the race team, two are retired. All dogs came to us as puppies. I enjoy raising, training, conditioning and forming those pups into the team they are today - a purebred Siberian team that can participate in such a great race and compete with fast Alaskan and Hound teams. In 2011 and 2012 I learned about the beautiful trails and the excellent organization of the Can-Am 30. We are happy to be back and run the trails in 2013 again and come home as a healthy, happy pack. We also competed in dryland races in Canada, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine.

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Linda Powers
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  • From: Berlin, MD
  • Age: 65
  • Occupation: nutrition coach
  • Website: http://www.powershealth.com
  • Team Owner: Linda Powers
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Fenway; 5 year old male Siberian
    • Aura; 6 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 26 place 2011
I started mushing when I retired and have been living my dream ever since. In 2011, I decided to enter the Can-Am 30, so I got serious about training for longer distances. I had such a great rookie experience that I'm back to do it again and hopefully improve on my time. I was born and raised in Maine, so coming to Fort Kent to take part in an adventure with my dogs is as good as it gets. Thanks to everyone in Fort Kent for putting on such a great race.

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Andre van der Merwe
  • From: South Colton, NY
  • Age: 46
  • Occupation: kennel manager / team trainer
  • Website: http://www.callofthewild-kennel.com
  • Team Owner: Spencer Thew
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Mobil; 9 year old female Siberian
    • Pelly; 6 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 19 place 2012
    • Kearney 6; 6 place 2012
    • Massena Dash; 6 place 2012
A transplanted South African musher with 20 years dryland racing experience, now in my 2nd snow racing season in USA. My wife, Natalie and myself are employed by Call of the Wild Racing Siberians as trainers and kennel managers.

Competed in various other dryland races over the last 15 years while still in South Africa, as well as the Bristol Dryland Championships 2012 and Fair Hill Dryland Challenge 2012. Also, various sprint snow races in 2012 in Canada and USA.

Training sled dog teams with mileage in excess of 2300 miles (2011-present) in the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York, on carts, sleds, and motorized vehicles.

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Al Tarr
  • From: Gibsonia, PA
  • Age: 65
  • Occupation: excavating contracter
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Al Tarr
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Brady; year old male Siberian
    • Arizona; year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 15 place 2004
    • Can-Am 30; 20 place 2010
    • Can-Am 30; 16 place 2011
    • Sandwich Notch 20; place 2010
    • Can-Am 30; 18 place 2012
    • Jim Lobdell Memorial32; 4 place 2010
I am a 65 year old excavating contractor, married for 44 years to Carol. We have 4 children and seven grandchildren. I've been involved with sled dogs for 25 years. I enjoy working with the dogs and the grandchildren that have taken an interest in the dogs. My other interests include hunting, fishing, walking and some mountain hiking.

Since 1988 I have raced in races from Upper Penninsula, Michigan, Ontario, Canada, New York, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. The lack of snow leaves the Can-Am the only race I can depend on.

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Fredericka Hibbs
  • From: Millinocket, ME
  • Age: 14
  • Occupation: student / handler
  • Website: http://www.mainedogsledding.com
  • Team Owner: Don Hibbs
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Silvia; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Holly; 3 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 14 place 2012
    • Jackman Sprint Race 5mi.; 8 place 2009
    • Farmington Sprint Race 5mi.; 5 place 2009
As soon as I could walk I was mushing and helping my family with kennel chores. I've been in four sprint races, and I completed the Can-Am 30 in 2012. I've done lots of recreational mushing with my parents.

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Bailey Vitello
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  • From: Brookfield, MA
  • Age: 15
  • Occupation: student / mushing instructor
  • Website: http://www.teambailey.org
  • Team Owner: Vitello family
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Memphis; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Hemi; 7 year old male Euro Hound
    • Kermit; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Lieukin; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • H2; 2 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Monster; 2 year old male Alaskan - hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Jr. Iditarod 250; 7 place 2012
    • Darby Dog Derby 50; 1 place 2012
    • Sandwich Notch 45; 1 place 2011
    • Race to the Sky 100; 3 place 2012
    • Can-Am 60; 5 place 2011
    • Can-Am 30; 5 place 2010
  • 2009 1st place 3 dog class 80th Annual Laconia World Champion.
  • 2009 1st place 4 dog Jr West Yellowstone Classic Sled Dog Race in Montana.
  • 2010 1st place Myopia Sled Dog Race
  • 2010 5th place Youngest musher to compete in the Can-Am Crown 30 at age 12.
  • 2011 1st place winner & youngest musher to compete in the Sandwich Notch 45.
  • 2011 5th place Youngest musher to compete in the Willard Jalbert Memorial Can-Am Crown 60
  • 2012 4th place Flathead, Montana 2-day race (25 miles each day) total of 50 miles
  • 2012 1st place Darby Dog Derby, Wyoming 2-day race (25 miles each day) total of 50 miles
  • 2012 17th place January 27th to February 4th International Pedigree stage stop sled dog 7 day race 270 miles against the toughest competitors in the world, Bailey was the youngest ever to compete & finish in the history of this race. Also helped musher Kate St. Onge recover her team when she injured her leg while bagging a dog.
  • 2012 3rd place Montana 100 mile Race to the Sky Bailey won the Best cared for dog team award.
  • 2012 7th place Jr Iditarod 150 mile race. Bailey was the fastest musher to the halfway checkpoint & won a hand-made marten fur hat.
  • 2012 13th place Fort Nelson BC 50th Canadian open 2-day race (15 miles each day)

    I come from a mushing family in Massachusetts. We own and operate Northern Exposure Outfitters. We offer dog sledding tours, educational programs, mushing camps, and we sell state of the art mushing gear all over the world. "It's all about the Dogs!"-Bailey Cross Vitello

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Terri McCue
  • From: Harveys Lake, PA
  • Age: 47
  • Occupation: horse trainer/dog trainer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Terri McCue
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Coach; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Clue; 1 year old female Alaskan
    • Yankee; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Pulli; 5 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • First Race;
Lol...still trying to figure this sport all out! If the weather would cooperate I would LOVE this sport with no stress at all! After having some major changes in my life I had always wanted to either climb Mount Everest or do the Iditarod...looks like the dogs are the plan. I love my dogs and they keep me sane. My plans are to have fun and finish this race! Here's hoping to a great race for everyone!

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Ingrid Bower
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  • From: Underhill, VT
  • Age: 50
  • Occupation: librarian
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ingrid Bower &Heather D'Arcy
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Mudd; 8 year old male Siberian
    • Poe; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Reign; 5 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 27 place 2009
After running dogs for 35 years this sport is my passion. I Can't imagine a life without my dogs. It is great to be back and running Can Am and to have teams entered in two classes. This is a great event and should be supported.

I would like to dedicate this year's race to our beloved Border Collie, SCOUT, a wonderful puppy raiser and best buddy to many of our Siberians. We lost him this Fall to IMHA at the age of 9. He is missed by ALL.

I have been breeding and racing Siberian Huskies for 35 years. I also run dog sled tours. I have not run races much for the past 4 years because of cancellations but I have run the Sandwich Notch 60 several times over the years as well as the 45 and 30 there. The Can Am 30 multiple times and the Stratford 40.

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Andy Chakoumakos
  • From: Lovell, ME
  • Age: 48
  • Occupation: sales associate
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Winter Journeys
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Billy; 8 year old male husky
    • Kalliq; 8 year old female husky
    • Blizzard; 8 year old female husky
    • Devon; 5 year old female husky
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 10 place 2003
I have been working with sled dogs for over 20 years (Yikes, how did that happen?) I have participated in the Can Am 30, 60, and 250 races within the past 12 years. My wife, Liz, daughter, Sofia and I haven't been to the Can Am races in a few years so we thought it is time to join the fun in Fort Kent. We have a small kennel (12 dogs) which allows time to enjoy other activities like skiing, biking, canoeing, and the many aspects of raising a 6 year old. We always enjoy seeing the people in Fort Kent that make this great event happen every year. Happy Training!

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Nadya Healy
  • From: Brookline, MA
  • Age: 16
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: http://www.ne-outfitters.com
  • Team Owner: Eileen Vitello
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Chubchub; 7 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Champion; 5 year old female Alaskan - hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Brownville 20; 2013
I started doing a dog sledding program with Northern Exposure Outfitters at my school Eagle Hill. I love dog sledding and built a web site on dog sledding as one of my school projects. Last summer I went to a camp to learn more and have participated in three fall dryland races. This will be my first big race and I am very excited.

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Amy Dionne
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  • From: St. David, ME
  • Age: 23
  • Occupation: emt/cna/student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Amy Dionne & Holly Dionne
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Quil; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Hogie; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Two-Face; 5 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 5 place 2012
    • Eagle Lake 30; 3 place 2012
    • Can-Am 30; 2 place 2011
    • Greenville 30; 4 place 2011
    • Brownville; 2 place 2011
My past dogsledding experience includes running dogs and handling for Yves Carrier from St. Francois, NB. Yves is the one who got me addicted to this expensive hobby! We also run tours all year long.

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Sara Levesque
  • From: St. David, ME
  • Age: 29
  • Occupation: graphic designer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Sara Levesque
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Thorn; 5 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
    • Duke; 2 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
    • Riley; 4 year old female Alaskan/Pointer
    • Ace; 2 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 22 place 2012
Last year was my first year with a borrowed team and one dog that was my house/sled dog. This year I have my own team. We have been training any day that it's possible to train. During the cool afternoons of summer, we have done some canine cross. As fall starts to settle in, we will start with bike joring and then move on to the atv. As soon as we get snow that is safe to run with the sled, we will be out there running on the 75 acres of land that my family owns. Can't wait to race the race that started my dog sledding career. I have also worked with Heywood Kennels to give rides during the 2011 - 2012 winter season.

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Bib Draw

Each race is limited to 30 teams. Rules are posted on July 15. Entry forms are posted on August 1. Applications received before the random drawing on Sunday, August 19, are treated as if they were all received on the day of the drawing. While encouraging early applications, this system also allows time for applicants to read the rules, fill out entry forms accurately and completely, and find a way to submit their applications by fax, snail mail, or other means. On August 19, the Can-Am Crown Directors meet for the initial drawing of bib numbers. For example, if 50 acceptable applications for a race have been received by that date, then there would be 50 numbers drawn for that race. Directors use a lottery ball machine to pick bib numbers as they go down the list of applicants. Bib numbers 1 through 30 become confirmed entrants. Numbers greater than 30 are put on the waiting list in the order drawn. After the drawing on August 19, numbers are assigned in the order that acceptable applications are received.

The Can-Am Crown would like to thank the volunteer biographers and editors:
Gale Flagg and Stan Flagg

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