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Meet the Can-Am 2012 mushers...

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   IWC 250   WJC 60   PBC 30
*Andre Longchamps*David Punch*Terry Knowles
*Martin Massicotte*Bill Wehseler*Peter Franke
*Denis Tremblay*Lindy Howe*Bethany Van Gorder
*Caroline Blair-Smith*Eric Chagnon*Amy Delano
*Larry Murphy*Kasey McCarty*Gabriel Duplessis
*Mario Racine*Paul Boudreau Scott Johnson
*Rob Cooke*Amy Dionne*Rico Portalatin
*Bruce Langmaid*Gino Roussel*Jessica Holmes
*Rita Wehseler open*Hugh Wakker
*Laura Daugereau*Gilles Harnois*Kathy MacKay
*Al Hardman*Allen Dunn*Dennis Cyr
*Ryan Anderson*Jean-Michel Marcotte*Sara Levesque
*Ward Wallin Remy Leduc*Nancy Rivest Duplessis
*Vern Schroeder*Jaye Foucher*John Kaleta
Julie Albert*Marco Rivest*Holly Dionne
open*Rene Marchildon*Ray Belanger
open*Seppe Maes*Leigh Hunteman
open*Spencer Thew*Al Tarr
open Eli Golton*Maria Gaffney
open open*Christine Richardson
open open*Heather D'Arcy
open open*Sally Manikian
open open*Anny Malo
open open*Rhonda O'Hearn
open open*Andre van der Merwe
open open Fredericka Hibbs
open open*Ken Golton
open open*Ashley Simpson-Patterson
open open*Amy Dugan
open open open

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Irving Woodlands Can-Am 250

Andre Longchamps
  • From: Pont-Rouge, QC
  • Age: 41
  • Occupation: paving worker
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Andre Longchamps
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Victor; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Ready; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Carter; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Jinny; 8 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 2 place 2011
I work during the summer, and the wintertime is only for mushing. I have a 9 year old son. We will do our best this year to have a good season of training and racing. I want to thank Greta Jalbert, our host family where we stay every year during the Can-Am. Also, thank you to the Can-Am organisation and the volunteers for all the effort that you put into this race. See you in March!

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Martin Massicotte
  • From: St-Tite, QC
  • Age: 43
  • Occupation: pavement contractor
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Martin Massicotte
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Jones; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Kiwi; 3 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Yukon Quest; 6 place 2003
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2011
I have been running dogs since I was 9 years old. At first I ran our family dog, a St. Bernard. I have run long distance races since 1997. My first Can-Am was the 60 mile race in 1996. In 1997 I began running the 250 and have been running that race every year since then, except in 2003, when I ran the Yukon Quest 1000 mile race. The Can-Am Crown is my favorite race. I am planning on running the Yukon Quest within the next few years if everything works out right.

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Denis Tremblay
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  • From: St. Michel des Saints, QC
  • Age: 37
  • Occupation: Guardian at private hunting/fishing club
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Denis Tremblay
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Jack; 6 year old male Phillip
    • Killer; 5 year old male Mackey - Phillip
    • Frisby; 4 year old male Mackey - Phillip
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargrease 400; 3 place 2010
    • Appalachienne 120; 3 place 2008
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2009
    • Appalachienne 120; 6 place 2010
    • Can-Am 250; 5 place 2011

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Caroline Blair-Smith
  • From: Albany Township, ME
  • Age: 41
  • Occupation: Outward Bound program director
  • Website: http://www.sledpets.com
  • Team Owner: Caroline Blair-Smith
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Tilli; 8 year old female Alaskan
    • Pingo; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Sastrugi; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Sgurr; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Tarn; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 15 place 2005
    • Can-Am 30; 8 place 2011
    • Wilderness 100; 13 place 2011
    • Wilderness 26; 8 place 2010
    • Stratford Nighthawks; 2 place 2009
I live in western Maine with my husband, Andy Bartleet, and our small kennel of Alaskan huskies. During the summer we work for Outward Bound wilderness expeditions in Maine. In the winter, we run a guide service, Mornington Crescent Sled Dogs (www.sledpets.com), providing dog sledding tours for families and college outing clubs. We look forward each year to seeing old friends and making new ones on our annual trip to Fort Kent and the Can-Am Crown.
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Larry Murphy
  • From: Fort Kent, ME
  • Age: 60
  • Occupation: retired principal, part time postal driver
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Lindy Howe & Larry Murphy
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Ghene; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Stick; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 11 & 15 place. Entered 9 times.
    • Eagle Lake 100; 7 place 2009
    • Eagle Lake 100; place 2008
I have been mushing since I was 48 years old. I am married, have 3 kids, 4 grand kids. I love dogs and I am inspired by their work ethic. I am very proud of Fort Kent and the Can-Am races. The 250 is a very intriguing challenge to say the least. My experience includes thousands of training miles, several 250's, two Katahdin 100's, six Eagle Lake 100's, the Blanchard Fun Run 30 and the St. Pamphille 120.

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Mario Racine
  • From: Ste. Cecile de Milton, QC
  • Age: 48
  • Occupation: Hydro-Quebec technician
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Mario Racine
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Saluk; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Achille; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Ozna; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Chaman; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Plume; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Samie; 3 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 5 place 2008
    • Odysee Appalachienne 120; 9 place 2010

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Rob Cooke
  • From: St-Jacques, NB
  • Age: 45
  • Occupation: semi-retired aircraft engineer
  • Website: http://www.shaytaanhuskies.com
  • Team Owner: Rob & Louise Cooke
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Paris; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Hektor; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Medea; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Cassie; 5 year old female Siberian
    • Eclipse; 5 year old female Siberian
    • Ammo; 4 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 100; 16 place 2008
    • Can-Am 60; 12 place 2011
    • L'Odyssee Appalachienne 45; 8 place 2011
    • Sandwich Notch 45; 11 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 22 place 2009
    • Can-Am 30; 17 place 2010
We have been racing, initially dry land and then mid-distance for about 14 years, first in the United Kingdom and, since 2005, in North America. This will be our sixth year racing at Fort Kent, having previously competed in the Can-Am 30 on two occasions and the Can-Am 60 on three occasions. The Can-Am is the pinnacle of our year and the race around which we base all our other racing and training.

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Bruce Langmaid
  • From: Blackstock, ON
  • Age: 53
  • Occupation: wood cutter / kennel operator
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Bruce Langmaid
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Blitz; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Tye; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Newman; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Braveheart; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Rino; 2 year old male Alaskan
    • Silver; 2 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Wyoming 400; 8 place 2000
    • Grand Portage 300; 8 place 2001
    • Can-Am 250; 1 place 2004
    • Beargrease 200; 6 place 2006
    • Can-Am 250; 1 place 2003
    • Lac St.Jean 150; 2 place 1999
Actions speak louder than words, so I guess I don't have much to say considering my track record for the last 6 years. I am a diehard though and, as usual, happy to be part of your great event… rock on! I am the only musher in history to run 10 dogs with a sled on dry pavement up Canada's most famous street during rush hour with a police escort.

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Rita Wehseler
  • From: Tofte, MN
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: sled dog tour guide / waitress
  • Website: http://www.stoneycreeksleddogs.com
  • Team Owner: Stoney Creek Kennels
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Dana; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Sid; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Ichor; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Poke; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Bria; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Spit; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargrease 450; 3 place
    • Apostle Island Race 80; 3 place 2011
    • Can-Am 250; 5 place 2010
Rita and her husband Bill are the proud owners of 50 dogs. They own a dogsled touring business on the North Shore of Lake Superior. Rita started running dogs on her return from a two-year mission experience in Tanzania, Africa. A friend introduced her to dog mushing, and she has not looked back. Thanks to the help of a good friend, Claire Seekins, Rita is still following her dream.

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Laura Daugereau
  • From: Kingston, WA
  • Age: 30
  • Occupation: construction
  • Website: http://www.nightrunnerkennel.com
  • Team Owner: Laura Daugereau
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Dom; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Frelds; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Helens; 6 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Iditarod (1,199mi); 64 place 2008
    • Race to the Sky 350; 2 place 2011
    • Canadian Challenge 330; 4 place 2009
    • Race to the Sky 200; 2 place 2009
    • Seely Lake 200; 9 place 2009
Throughout the long work hours of summer construction to fund my kennel, my mind is always on one thing: the race team! I am really looking forward to this race season and the challenges that each race and its competitors bring to it! I am very excited to have a good mix of trail hardened veterans and some very promising up and coming youngsters in the team this year! My hobbies are feeding, watering, scooping, and ordering more feed so I can feed again!
To make the racing season possible, Cornerstone Home Services, Redpaw, Jack London Vineyard, Alpine outfitter, and Great Falls Veterinary Service have stepped up to help us out greatly. Thank you!
For more information about my team, please visit http://www.nightrunnerkennel.com.

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Al Hardman
  • From: Ludington, MI
  • Age: 69
  • Occupation: retired
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Al Hardman
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Edier; 10 year old male Alaskan
    • Storm; 10 year old male Alaskan
    • Tinker; 9 year old female Alaskan
    • Sammy; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Soap Here; 8 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Iditarod; 21 place 97,00,02,04
    • Race to the Sky; 4 place 2011
    • Can-Am 250; place 2010
    • Can-Am 250; 14 place 2009
I love the Can-Am race and am coming back to try and do better than the last time. I have mushed and raced since 1993. I have run most of the mid-distance races in the lower 48. I have also run the Iditarod four times. My team leaders will be Eider and Storm, 10 year old brothers. This will be their last race as I will retire them next year. I still try to keep up with the younger mushers but its getting harder.

I have also run the UP200 several times and the Beargrease three times.

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Ryan Anderson
  • From: Ray, MN
  • Age: 30
  • Occupation: carpenter
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ryan Anderson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Danica; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Ernie; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargrease Marathon; 1 place 2011
    • UP200; 1 place 2010
    • UP200; 1 place 2011
    • UP200; 1 place 2012
    • Seeley Lake 250; 1 place 2010
    • Can-Am 250; 2 place 2010
    • White Oak; 1 place 2011
I am a carpenter during the summer and a dog musher during the winter. I have been mushing for 26 years and lookig forward to my 3rd Can-Am 250. Looking for good weather and good times. I also do fishing trips in the BWCA.

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Ward Wallin
  • From: Two Harbors, MN
  • Age: 50
  • Occupation: volunteer services coordinator
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ward Wallin
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Hemi; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Sly; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Bootstrap Bill Turner; 5 year old male Siberian
    • Musket; 4 year old male Siberian
    • Rocket; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Freeze; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargrease Marathon; 6 place 1999
    • UP200; 8 place 2012
    • UP200; 9 place 2011
    • Gunflint Mail Run; 7 place 2012
I always look forward to seeing so many friends from the east!! The Can-Am trail is a true dog trail and it's enjoyable for drivers and dogs.

I have raced the Can-Am 250, Grand Portage Passage, Great Trail Race, Mid-Minnesota, Wawa Gold Quest, Apostle Islands, Empire 130, John Beargrease mid-distance & marathon to name a few. I started racing in 1995.

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Vern Schroeder
  • From: Warba, MN
  • Age: 55
  • Occupation: campground manager / owner
  • Website: http://www.horsesnhuskies.com
  • Team Owner: Nathan Schroeder
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Achilles; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Madonna; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Chevy; 8 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargrease Marathon; 9 place 1998
    • White Oak Classic; 3 place 2011
    • White Oak Classic; 10 place 2010
    • Cam-Am 250; 4 place 2001
It's 1500 miles from Warba, MN to Fort Kent, ME. I haven't raced in the Can-Am for 10 years now. I feel like a rookie. My Son can't make it this years so I'll be driving the A team. My A team is the 2010 Beargrease champs, 2010 & 2011 runner up at the UP200, and they had a strong 3rd in the Can-Am in 2010. The dogs are definately not rookies. I've run in many Beargreases (1996, 1997, 1998 & 2004), many UP200 (1997, 2002, 2003) and the Gunflint Mail Run in 2012 with a 6th place finish. I could write a book of all the good things that have happened in all that time as well as a few bad things.

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Julie Albert
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  • From: St Mickel des Saint, QC
  • Age: 32
  • Occupation: paysasite
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Denis Tremblay
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Ashate; 7 year old female Jacques Phillips
    • Doune; 5 year old female Jacques Phillips
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Appalachienne 120; 5 place 2010
    • Eagle Lake 30; 3 place 2010
    • Eagle Lake 100; 8 place 2012

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David Punch
  • From: Kingsbury Plantation, ME
  • Age: 45
  • Occupation: arborist
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: David Punch
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Avalanche; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Glacier; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Rain; 9 year old female Alaskan
    • Eamon; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 13 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 22 place 2010
    • Can-Am 30; 12 place 2009
    • Bartlett 15; 1 place 2009
This will be my 7th Can-Am. Each year keeps getting better. Training the dogs is what I really love, and the race lets me know how I am doing. See you there!

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Bill Wehseler
  • From: Tofte, MN
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: tourist info guide
  • Website: http://www.stoneycreeksleddogs.com
  • Team Owner: Stoney Creek Kennels
  • Lead Dogs:
    • River; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Cricket; 2 year old female Alaskan
    • Odin; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 11 place 2011
    • Apostle Island Race 80; 8 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 14 place 2010
    • Can-Am 60; 18 place 2009
Bill got involved fully in mushing when he started handling for his then girlfriend. Two years later he married the girlfriend. Rita and Bill now have 54 dogs in their kennel and touring business. Bill is running the young dogs to prepare them for the big time when they join Rita's 250 team.

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Lindy Howe
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  • From: Stockholm, ME
  • Age: 48
  • Occupation: Co-owner of Heywood Kennel Dog Adventures and Northern M.O.S.S.
  • Website: Heywood Kennel on Facebook
  • Team Owner: Lindy Howe
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Dow; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Jones; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Burgess; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Ticker; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 100; 9 place 2009
    • Can-Am 30; 9 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 18 place 2010
    • Can-Am 60; 17 place 2009
We always enjoy running the Can Am no matter what race we sign up for. This year will be particularly fun as we try to qualify two teams to run the Can-Am 250 in 2013. (This is my goal before I turn 50.) 1 will be running dogs from the stock market litter as well as a few pointer crosses. We are hoping to have a better winter in northen Maine this year. Can't wait until March 3, 2012!

We have run sprint races with Down East Sled Dog Club and the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club. We also belong to the board of directors of Mushing USA and we are a Mush With Pride Certified Kennel.

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Eric Chagnon
  • From: Parent, QC
  • Age: 46
  • Occupation: forestry foreman
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Eric Chagnon
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Tom; 9 year old male Quebec hound
    • Igane; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Odyssee Appalachienne; 3 place 2008
    • Can-Am 60; 10 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 6 place 2010
    • Can-Am 60; 5 place 2009
I like hunting, fishing, and trapping. I love to go out in the bush alone with my dogs. I would like to run a longer race (100 miles) in the future. I expect to finish in the top 5. I do a lot of runs with tourists in the sled.

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Kasey McCarty
  • From: Lexington, ME
  • Age: 25
  • Occupation: college for veterinary technician
  • Website: http://www.fortilliokennels.com
  • Team Owner: Kasey McCarty
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kaleeta; 8 year old female Siberian
    • Watt; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Roland; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Cree; 4 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Greenville Wilderness 100; 12 place 2011
    • Can-Am 60; 15 place 2011
    • Sandwich Notch 45; 8 place 2011
    • Brownville KI 30; 7 place 2011
I have been running sled dogs since I was 10 years old. Every run sure puts a smile on my face, whether it be a race or a training run. I love the peace and quiet on the trail with the dogs. I strive to keep every dog happy, healthy and in good running condition. My goal is to someday run the Can-Am 250 miler. I would like to thank all the volunteers for doing such a great job at this race. We love to end our racing season with this awesome and well-maintained race each year.

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Paul Boudreau
  • From: L’Assomption, QC
  • Age: 69
  • Occupation: retired security officer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Paul Boudreau
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Fanny; female Alaskan
    • Muff; female Alaskan - hound
    • Beauty; female Alaskan - hound
    • Bunny; male Alaskan - hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Labrador 400; 3 place 1992
    • Can-Am 250; 2 place 96 & '98
    • Marmora Snowfest 25; 1 & 2 place 09 & '10
    • Can-Am 60; 5 & 4 place 09 & '11
    • Odyssee Appalachienne 30; 1 place 2009
I have been mushing for 39 years. I have been racing at Fort Kent since the first race. Six of my dogs are rescued dogs.

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Amy Beth Dionne
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  • From: St. David, ME
  • Age: 22
  • Occupation: student / home health aide
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Amy & Holly Dionne
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Lucy; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Two-Face; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Uno; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Tubby; 3 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 2 place 2011
    • Greenville 30; 4 place 2011
    • Brownville KI 30; 2 place 2011
    • Can-Am 30; 21 place 2010
    • Brownville KI 30; 4 place 2010
    • Eagle Lake 30; 14 place 2010
It's an honor to run with such amazing dogs that will run hundreds of miles because I ask them to. I love seeing my dogs happy and comfortable and am happiest when out on the trail with only the sound of the sled runners and the dogs' feet. I've been training and working with sled dogs with Yves Carrier and my sister Holly for the past 4 years. Along with racing, we also give tours all year long.

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Gino Roussel
  • From: St-Jacques, NB
  • Age: 54
  • Occupation: owner / operator Baisley Lodges
  • Website: Baisley Lodges on facebook
  • Team Owner: Gino Roussel
  • Lead Dogs:
    • JR; 5 year old male Canadian SnowHound
    • Nikita; 2 year old female Canadian SnowHound
    • Skout; 3 year old male Canadian SnowHound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 23 place 2011
Well, after a disastrous race last year, when, by the way, it took over a month to dry my sledding gear, we are back running the CAN-AM 60, looking to vindicate the reputation of the "Snowhounds". Known for our "Go anywhere, anytime" type of team, we are again looking forward to crossing swords with the best of what the sport of dogsledding has to offer. We don't plan on taking home another "Red Lantern", but Mother Nature will again dictate the conditions of the trail. If we are going to be late again for supper, so be it. Let's not forget that in my books, "The dogs always come first.".

Looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We run dogsledding expeditions out of Baisley Lodges. See us on facebook.

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Taylor Hersh
  • From: Elmira, NY
  • Age: 18
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Taylor Hersh
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Rocket; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Duffy; 10 year old male Pointer Cross
    • Kodiak; 3 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Myopia Race 8 mile; 2 place 2009
    • Lake George Sportsman 6 mile; 1 place 2010
    • Myopia Race 7 mile; 11 place 2011
    • New York State Championship 5 mile; 6 place
I got into sled dogs around 2008. It all happened after I got my first dog Heidi, a Siberian cross. I was introduced to this lady named Judy through my uncle. I began talking to her about Heidi because of her unusually wild nature, and I mentioned how I would like to get into sledding someday. She just happened to work with a retired sprint racer named Joe Wakshlag whom she introduced me to. I met with him and got to know him a little bit better. He then further introduced me to an active sprint racer named Dawn Brown. After talking with her for awhile she gave me two lead dogs. At this point I had 5 dogs to work with: Heidi, Kodiak, Maya, Rocket and Duffy. In a matter of 6 months I had a fully functional team and it evolved from there. I joined the New England Sled Dog Club and started racing in 6 dog sportsman class. By the next season I began racing in pro class races. I have also attended a few private sled dog training camps in Pennsylvania. My dad has had an active part in helping me manage the team. He deserves as much credit as me, as well as the dogs, because without him none of this would be possible. My entire family has been very tolerant and supportive of this hobby, so I want to say thanks to them.

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Gilles Harnois
  • From: St-Alexis des monts, QC
  • Age: 51
  • Occupation: wildlife conservation officer of Quebec
  • Website: http://www.desloupiot.com
  • Team Owner: Claudine Pinette
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Rebelle; 8 year old male Siberian
    • Racer; 2 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Appalachienne 120; 8 place 2011
    • appalachienne 45; 11 place 2010
I have been mushing and giving tourist rides for fifteen years. Racing is a vacation for me and the dogs from going crazy turning around in the same trails. I have been racing for two 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 first visit to Fort Kent.

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Allen Dunn
  • From: Templeton, PA
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: landscaper & lawn maintenance
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Allen Dunn
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Nika; 2 year old female Siberian
    • Malaki; 3 year old male Siberian
    • Tundra; 2 year old female Siberian
    • Neshka; 1 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • No race experience; p
My name is Allen F Dunn, I am 52 years old. I was born in western PA. l have always loved the outdoors as a child. I have many hobbies including fishing, hunting and boating. I am married and have two children. I was in the US Army for some time, and after getting out of the service l ran my own company for well over 10 years in landscaping before retiring. My wife and l got two huskies close to five years ago as companions for our family. It was the love of these two dogs, that got me interested in the world of dog sledding. After a lot of research and experience I now own 11 huskies. Two of our dogs are Alaskan Huskies and the others are Siberians. I also have researched a lot of the equipment needed to participate in racing my dogs. Which has led me to build two of my own sleds. I also built a transport trailer to haul all my dogs to and from the races.. l enjoy this sport so much and noticed that my dogs seem so much more content when out on the trail. This sport has brought my dogs and I so much closer as a team. Enjoying the outdoors with them and spending quality time together building that relationship and enjoying the sport. l hope with future racing it will bring us more events down the road. We train 3 or 4 days a week and average 60 to 80 miles per week.

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Jean-Michel Marcotte
  • From: St-Honore, QC
  • Age: 31
  • Occupation: foreman
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jean-Michel Marcotte
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Brack; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Beattle; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Sky; 3 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Amical 10; 4 place 2010

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Remy Leduc
  • From: Glenwood, NB
  • Age: 27
  • Occupation: aviation
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Remy Leduc
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Miniwii; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Mana; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Manitou; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Timber; 2 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Odyssee Appalchienne; 10 place 2011
I have been mushing for 7 years and have owned my team of 15 dogs for 5 years. I've reached a point where I believe that they own me. I really enjoy spending time with them either on the sled or off. It is very important that the dogs recognize the basic behavior commands. We have found that keeping our canine partners stimulated by showing them tricks makes them more focused to our commands once they are hitched as a team.

I really hope to have fun and place in the top ten teams of the Can-Am 60-mile race. I want to reach the Finish line with a team of happy dogs.

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Jaye Foucher
  • From: Ashland, NH
  • Age: 45
  • Occupation: web developer
  • Website: http://www.sibersong.com
  • Team Owner: Jaye Foucher
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Anya; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Lightning; 3 year old female Siberian
    • Thunder; 3 year old male Siberian
    • Sami; 3 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 16 place 2010
    • Eagle Lake 100; 9 place 2012
    • Kearney 120; 6 place 2012
    • Wilderness 100; 9 place 2011
    • L'Odyssee Appalachienne 120; 6 place 2011
Jaye has been racing sled dogs for 9 years. She has completed the Can-Am 250 3 times as well as many 100 mile and shorter races, and the Can-Am remains the highlight of her season each year. Jaye was a professional musician before she lost her mind over the dogs, and she can often be heard singing (quite loudly at times) out on the trail to her team. When she's not running dogs or scooping poop, Jaye runs a web development company out of her home in NH.

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Marco Rivest
  • From: St-Zenon, QC
  • Age: 34
  • Occupation: Landscaping
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Marco Rivest
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Megan; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Feu; 3 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Wyoming Stage Stop Race 300; 15 place 2012
    • Cross Lake 3 X 30; 3 place 2011
I started mushing at 11 years old with my own kennel and began competing at 13. My only friends were my dogs until I met my wife in 1995. Mushing is now a family affair with my boys.

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Spencer Thew
  • From: South Colton, NY
  • Age: 70
  • Occupation: retired?
  • Website: http://www.callofthewild-kennel.com
  • Team Owner: Spencer Thew
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Nova; 8 year old female Siberian
    • Eagle; 5 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Iditarod; place 1993
    • Labrador 400; 8 place 1991
    • Eldorado; 17 place 2011
    • Mannsville Quest; 2 place 2008
    • Endless Mountain; 1 place 2003
    • Kearney; 5 place 2012
I have been running dogs for 27 years. I have not competed in any significant mid-distance races in recent years due to personal circumstances. But I am committed to my team of sleddogs and hope to be out on many trails with them.

I have also run the Beargrease, the Bancroft and Marmora.

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Rene Marchildon
  • From: South River, ON
  • Age: 43
  • Occupation: landscaper contractor
  • Website: http://www.chocpaw.com
  • Team Owner: Chocpaw Kennels
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Basil; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Titan; 3 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 1 place 2011
    • UP 200; 5 place 2011
    • Kearney 120; 1 place 2011
    • Wilderness 100; 1 place 2011
    • Eldorado 50; 1 place 2011
Gonna miss running the 250 this year. But I do look forward to visiting checkpoint during the race to see how my friends are doing. see you all soon. I love Fort Kent.

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Seppe Maes
  • From: South River, ON
  • Age: 23
  • Occupation: dog sled guide
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Chocpaw Kennels
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Palmer; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Porker; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Kearney 120; 3 place 2012
    • Eagle Lake 100; 5 place 2012
    • Marmora Day 1 ; 5 place 2012
    • Marmora Day 2; 4 place 2012
Seppe has been a dogsled guide for 3 years for Chocpaw Expeditions.

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Eli Golton
  • From: L'Amable, ON
  • Age: 18
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Eli Golton
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Ricky; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Candy; 6 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Kearney 120; 3 place 2011
    • Bancroft 50; 2 place 2011
    • El Dorado 50; 5 place 2011
    • Kearney 80; 2 place 2010
I have been competing in the racing circuit in Ontario since I was 12 years old. After last year's race, I am looking forward to coming back to Fort Kent to compete in the 250 mile race. The Can-Am is a great event and the hi-light of my racing season.

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Terry Knowles
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  • From: Brownville, ME
  • Age: 64
  • Occupation: US Army retired
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Terry Knowles
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kee; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Plank; 3 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Sherman Patten 100; 10 place 2001
    • Can-Am 30; 2011 place 12
    • Brownville to KI 30; 7 place 2011
First of all, I would like to thank my wife Margie for all her support, which enables me to continue to have fun mushing. I am a retired US Army soldier. I have been mushing for 26 years now, and that may not be a record, but it is a good average. I have done more Can-Am 60 and 30 mile races than I care to count. I believe this sport is all about spending time with the dogs and them doing what they love, and racing is only one way to do that. I am active in the Maine Highlands Sled Dog Club, and I put most of my efforts into race planning and teaching the sport to new mushers.

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Peter Franke
  • From: New Durham, NH
  • Age: 49
  • Occupation: engineer
  • Website: http://www.rpf.smugmug.com
  • Team Owner: Peter Franke
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Luc; 5 year old male Siberian
    • Waya; 3 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 3 place 2011
    • Odyssee Appalachienn 2x13; 2 place 2011
    • Sandwich Notch 20; 3 place 2011
    • Wonalancet 15; 1 place 2011
    • Stratford Nighthawk 2x15; 1 place 2011
I started with one dog in the year 2000 just to have a running companion while training for a marathon. 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 and rig racing. Now we own a small kennel, "SnowRunner", of l0 purebred Siberian Huskies. For the young team, 2011 was an introduction year. We learned about the beautiful trails and the excellent organization of the Can-Am 30. We are happy to be back and give those hounds a run for their money. However, more than that is to run the team with a smile and bring them home as a healthy, happy pack. I have also competed in dryland races in Canada, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine.

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Bethany Van Gorder
  • From: West Tremont, ME
  • Age: 19
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Meg Burden
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Osama; 8 year old female Alaskan
    • Augusta; 8 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 13 place 2010
    • Garland Race 6; 2 place 2011
    • Milo Race 6; 2 place 2010
    • Garland Race 6; 1 place 2010
I am currently a sophomore at the University of Maine in Orono studying pre-veterinary medicine. I enjoy working with sled dogs year round. I train for Meg Burden at Tsali Kennels in Fort Kent and on Mount Desert Island, where we run Pulling Together, a no-profit organization for kids who want to work with sled dogs and experience mushing. I have worked with sled dogs for ten years and ran in the Can-Am 30 in 2010. Training is a group effort at Tsali Kennel, and I am grateful to everyone who has helped train the dogs. I have type one diabetes, and training and running the Can-Am has given me a lot more confidence in maintaining my health in other outdoor adventures and as I began college. I am grateful for all the support my parents give me, and I enjoy the opportunity and privilege of running dogs right here in Fort Kent during the training season.

I have worked at Tsali Kennel for 10 years and have been a handler at the Can-Am several years. I volunteered at the Rocky Brook Checkpoint for the 250 twice in past years.

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Amy Delano
  • From: Orono, ME
  • Age: 26
  • Occupation: occupational therapist
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Fred & Heidi Delano
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kim; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Jasper; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Mia; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 17 place 2003
I have been running dogs now for about 9 years and have been hooked. I was married to Sean de Wolski in September and have just recently moved to Massachusetts but can't seem to get away from mushing. While job hunting I have made frequent returns to Maine to run the dogs. Without my parent's dedication of running 4 days a week, even in this bizarre winter, racing for me wouldn't be possible. I am looking forward to a fast and fun race. Can-Am has always been my favorite course and my dogs know where they are as son as we arrive. I want to thank everyone who makes it possible.

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Gabriel DuPlessis
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  • From: St-Zenon, QC
  • Age: 17
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Gabriel DuPlessis
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 1 place 2011
    • Can-Am 30; 4 place 2010
    • Can-Am 30; 7 place 2007

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Scott Johnson
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  • From: New York, NY
  • Age: 39
  • Occupation: finance
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Scott Johnson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Leyla; 3 year old female Euro Hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 19 place 2011
    • Sandwich Notch 20; 11 place 2011
After being active in skijor and dryland, we started running six-dog teams last year and had a great time at the Can-Am last March. I'm coming back and look forward to it. I'm proud to likely be the most urban musher… I do live in New York City. See you in March in Fort Kent!

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Rico Portalatin
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  • From: Westhampton, MA
  • Age: 40
  • Occupation: One Card Office Coordinator at Smith College
  • Website: http://www.jazzmineskennel.com
  • Team Owner: Paula & Rico Portalatin
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Knickers; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Malt; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Nastia; 3 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 1 place 2011
    • Can-Am 30; 2 place 2010
    • Eagle Lake 30; 1 place 2009
We are once again so excited about racing our dogs in this wonderful and well organized event. It is always the highlight of our dog sledding season. We are hoping to go back to racing longer races than the 30 miles next year, but this year we are focusing on getting a new litter on the ground for next season. That is why we decided to run the 30 instead of the 60 miles in 2012.

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Jessica Holmes
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  • From: Portage, ME
  • Age: 21
  • Occupation: full time nursing student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jessica Holmes
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Jenny; 10 year old female Alaskan
    • Dani; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Zirkle; 7 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; did not finish 2011
Hello, my name is Jessica and this is my second year running in the Can-am. The team and I are excited for this year, and are hoping for a finish. Last year we had a lot of trouble and were unable to finish the race. It is going to be a tough season as this is my third year in the nursing program at UMFK, but I am sure that we will pull through this year. In advance, I would like to thank Lindy Howe for being a wonderful friend, for all the encouragement, all the advice, and all the help she has given me, I love you! I would like to thank Rita Wehseler for being a wonderful friend, for all the advice and help, and for encouraging me to get involved in this wonderful sport. I would like to thank my mom, Debbie for all the support she has given me. I love you! And I owe the biggest thanks to my dad, Karry! For all the help, support, encouragement and for being there for me during the hard times and even the good times! Thank you so much! I would not be able to do it without you, I love you! And I would like to thank my team for running with me this year and for doing their best. That is all I ask for! The team and I cannot wait to be at the Can-am again this season! Best of luck to everyone!

The only experience I have with dog sledding is the race season last year and being a handler at the Portage checkpoint for 7 years.

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Hugh Wakker
  • From: Dunblane, Scotland
  • Age: 57
  • Occupation: engineer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Rob & Louise Cooke
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Gyro; 4 year old male Siberian
    • Maddie; 2 year old female Siberian
    • Loonie; 2 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 17 place 2011
    • SHC of GB Aviemore Sled Dog Race 4mi.; 5 place 2010
Hugh and his wife Judy live in Scotland and have owned Siberian Huskies since l995. They currently have 13 Siberians and a German Shorthaired Pointer. Two of their huskies come from Alaska and New Hampshire. Their youngest husky, Ollie, is 8 months old. He will be travelling back to Scotland with them after the race. He was bred by Can-Am 250 musher, Rob Cooke and his wife, Louise. Hugh regularly competes in dryland sprint races in the UK. Compared to races in Canada and the USA, races in the UK are very short and rarely on snow, so Hugh usually races on a three-wheeled rig that looks a bit like a tricycle without a seat.

Hugh took part in his first Can-Am 30 last year, finishing 17th. He is pleased to be back again this year and really grateful to Rob and Louise Cooke for giving him the opportunity to run their Siberian huskies again.

For 16 years, Hugh has been running Siberian huskies in the UK, competing in dryland races over short distances of approximately six miles. He runs six-dog teams in the French Alps and in Scotland. He has helped organize dryland races for 11 years.

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Kathy Mackay
  • From: Parishville, NY
  • Age: 53
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: MacKay / Mahoney
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Malarkey; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Ghillie; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Sgian Dubh; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Camogie; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Pictish; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Midnight Run; 15 place
    • Can-Am 30; 7 place 2008
    • Can-Am 30; 7 place 2009
John Mahoney and I have been working with Alaskan huskies since 1994. We worked as tour guides, kennel helpers, race handlers, and race organizers, but we now enjoy fielding our own race team that we have raised and trained from scratch.

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Dennis Cyr
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  • From: Fort Kent, ME
  • Age: 53
  • Occupation: home builder/inspector, code enforcement officer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Dennis Cyr
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Abba; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Patches; 3 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 100; 12 place 2005
    • Can-Am 30; 20, 14, 17, 18 place 07, '08, '09, '10
    • Can-Am 60; 21 place 2006
I have been running dogs for approximately 15 years. We only have 13 dogs in the kennel now. We used to have 32 dogs at one time in the past. Our dogs are all now 3 to 4 years old, and all have been raised from birth at our kennel. I have been grooming and maintaining Can-Am trails so I haven't trained very much. I'm hoping to finish this year's race in the top half at best.

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Sara Levesque
  • From: St. David, ME
  • Age: 28
  • Occupation: graphic designer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Sara Levesque
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Ace; 1 year old male Husky/Pointer
    • Ally; 7 year old female Husky/Pointer
    • Austin; 6 year old male Husky/Pointer
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: This will be Sara's first race.;
Even though I am a rookie to racing, I have been a dog lover and have loved challenges all my life. I am very excited to run my first Can-Am Sled Dog Race with my husky pointer leading.

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Nancy Rivest Duplessis
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  • From: St-Zenon, QC
  • Age: 41
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Nancy Rivest Duplessis
  • Race Experience:

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John Kaleta
  • From: Eagle Lake, ME
  • Age: 48
  • Occupation: Life Science instructor at Fort Kent Community High School
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: John Kaleta
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Coco; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Skunk; 8 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 12 place 2003
    • Can-Am 30; 5 place 2000
    • Can-Am 30; 7 place 1999
    • Can-Am 250; 19 place 2001
I was running the first team ever to launch out of the starting gates in 1993 in the first Can-Am 250. I have completed the 250 two times (2001 & 2003), the Can-Am 60 in 2002, and the 30 numerous times, placing fifth in 2000. My family, wife Denise and children Ian and Emily, has been running dogs for 25 years now, mainly for recreation. I have been chairman of the Can-Am Crown Race Committee and was instrumental in its inception. I am very proud of what the Can-Am Crown and the town of Fort Kent has accomplished over the past 20 years and salute the volunteers and dogs that have made this race one of the greatest in North America.

I have participated in numerous excursions and winter camping with the team.

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Holly Dionne
  • From: St. David, ME
  • Age: 16
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Amy & Holly Dionne
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Junior; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Shay; 2 year old female Alaskan
    • Casper; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Quil; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 7 place 2011
    • Brownville 30; 3 place 2011
I've been racing sled dogs for 2 years now. Being with the dogs is fulfilling and relaxing. I like to see how the dogs love to pull and how they strive to run. They are happy while they are running and also in the kennel. I've been working/training with the dogs for 3 years for my sister.

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Ray Belanger
  • From: East Kingston, NH
  • Age: 58
  • Occupation: auto repair service manager
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ray Belanger
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Lemmie; 9 year old female Siberian
    • Willow; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Jamima; 8 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 24 place 2009

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Leigh Hunteman
  • From: Cambridge, MD
  • Age: 60
  • Occupation: flight instructor
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Leigh Hunteman
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Wailer; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Pulli; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Singer; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Peace; 10 year old female Alaskan
    • Claudia; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: This will be Leigh's first mid-distance race;
Hi! My name is Leigh, and we mush far from the standard mushing community. We hail from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I am relatively new to mushing as we enter our fifth year. My soul was captured when I followed the Iditarod across Alaska in 2007 and brought the dream of mushing home. Before acquiring my first Alaskan sled dog, I attended a Mushing Boot Camp in Maine. I truly believed that mushers were masochistic, as my first year was a year of bumps, bruises and torn clothing. I began with an experienced sprint team of 4 who literally dragged me to the rig, dragged me around the trail, and then dragged me back to the kennel. They taught me a lot that first season. For example, "Whoa" is not in a sprint dogs vocabulary. I loved being with the dogs, and decided in order to fill this need, going longer distances would allow me more time with the team. The sprint dogs learned that there is another way to go, and as I added team members we worked at a more leisurely pace. I am up to 15 dogs now and trying to make up for lost time. At age 60, there is a question of how long can I do this, but the dogs keep me young and get me off the couch. All summer I dream of being on the trail and where to go. I bought a truck and we wander everywhere for places to run, as Maryland does not have much open country. I am really not into racing, but rather the time on the trail in new places with my best buds. "WHOA" is now in their vocabulary, but it's a question of how excited they are!

I haven't yet run a distance race. I have run several years at Fair Hill, in their 4 and 6 dog races on dirt, and have run in the "Fun Run" at Brownsville, where I did 20 miles. Last year I was entered in several 30 milers, but was unable to attend. This year I am in a position to be able to get the miles needed on the dogs and plan on entering several races. For the past 5 years, I have been training when I can, and our mileage has increased significantly, but I just did not feel that we were ready. For me it's all about the dogs. My season this year will be kicking off with a trip to Togo, Minnesota for three weeks of training with Jamie Nelson in October. I have set my goals to go farther than before. Last year I put about 375 miles on the team, but was held back due to work, which sometimes gets in the way! This year, it is understood that when the mushing season gets here … I will be on the road with the team.

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Al Tarr
  • From: Gibsonia, PA
  • Age: 64
  • Occupation: operating engineer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Al Tarr
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Brady; 7 year old male Siberian
    • Arizona; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Tug; 5 year old male Siberian
    • Ellis; 5 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 60; 16 place 2003
    • Can-Am 30; 27 place 2011
    • Sandwich; place 2011
    • Trapper Special; 2 place 2011
I'm a 64 year old excavation contractor. In my 24 years of dogsledding, I'e raced in Ontario, Marmora, Kearny. In the U.S. I've raced at St. Ignas, MI, Endless Mtn. 50, Sandwich Notch 60, Trapper's Special and at the Can-Am in Fort Kent since 1997. When I'm not working or running dogs I enjoy fishing, hunting, and have recently taken up walking. I'm also planning on doing some hiking on the North County Trail.

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Maria Gaffney
  • From: Crafstbury Common, VT
  • Age: 32
  • Occupation: dog sled driver
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Christine Richardson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Tarzan; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Remi; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 30; 6 place 2012
    • Stratford Nighthawks; 4 place 2011
This will be my 3rd race. My favorite part of dog sledding is the bond the dogs and driver create over time. Along with dog sledding I enjoy wilderness tripping - both back packing and canoeing. And I am very grateful to Christine Richardson for loaning me a team to care for and race with this winter!

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Heather D'Arcy
  • From: Underhill, VT
  • Age: 25
  • Occupation: program rep for Ensave AG. Efficiency
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Heather D'Arcy & Ingrid Bower
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Lily; 5 year old female Siberian
    • Gale; 3 year old female Siberian
    • Watson; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Pip; 6 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Stratford 20; 2010
I started running dogs through an internship with the University of Vermont in 2005. I have always loved working dogs in the tasks for which they were originally bred, but the excitement and intensity of dog sledding is greater than anything I'd seen before. These dogs are now a part of who I am and I cannot imagine my life without them.

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Sally Manikian
  • From: Shelburne, NH
  • Age: 30
  • Occupation: Appalachian Mountain Club - Trails Dept..
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Sally Manikian
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Lucy; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Grenade; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: none given; place
When I was a kid we only had cats. Then I met sled dogs and I was hooked. This will be my fifth year running dogs and my first year racing. I manage a seasonal back country field program for the Appalachian Mountain Club and am fortunate to have a boss who is a retired dog driver and understands the insanity. I'm excited about the high-caliber teams that we will be among at the Can Am and witnessing first hand the welcoming community I have heard so much about.

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Anny Malo
  • From: St-Zenon, QC
  • Age: 41
  • Occupation: landscaping
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Anny Malo
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Ara; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Silex; 6 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Cross Lake 3 X 30; 10 place 2008
I met my husband in 1995 and we've been mushing dogs since. Our boys follow us everywhere we travel. Dog mushing is a way of life for our family.

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Christine Richardson
  • From: Canaan, NH
  • Age: 46
  • Occupation: scientist
  • Website: http://www.sealcovekennel.com
  • Team Owner: Christine Richardson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kowhai; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Glock; 5 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 6 place 2010
    • UP200; 34 place 2010
    • Eagle Lake 100; 15 place 2010
    • Can-Am 250; 10 place 2009
    • Eagle Lake 30; 19 place 2012
This year I'm taking time off from racing longer distances and spending all my vacation time handling for Mike and Sue Ellis in the Yukon Quest, so ask me about it when you see me.

I'm looking forward to having a great time ditzing around the 30 miles trail and enjoying the trip. My kennel in Canaan, NH has 32 alaskans. Five are puppies, 11 are retired and the other 16 are doing light training and racing. Next year I'll be back in the 250, but I couldn't miss my yearly visit to Fort Kent.

I have also run the Beargrease Marathon in 2009 and the Can-Am 250 last year. I didn't finish but had a nice camp out on the trail in the storm between Maibec and Allagash.

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Rhonda O'Hearn
  • From: Sandown, NH
  • Age: 43
  • Occupation: senior financial analyst
  • Website: http://www.mishawum.com
  • Team Owner: Bob & Rhonda O'Hearn
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Siberian Huskies. Too many to list at this time;
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargrease 120; 21 place 2009
    • Can-Am 60; 12 place 2009
    • Sandwich Notch 20; 4 place 2009
I've been running dogs since 1998. We moved out of Massachusetts in 1999 to establish our kennel and sled dog team in a sleepy little town over the border in southern NH.

For the majority of our "career", we shared lodging and traveled around NH and Canada to train with great friends. Two years ago we had the opportunity to purchase a piece of property in North Stratford, NH which has since become the base for DawgHaus Adventures, LLC. At that property, we can mush/ATV directly out of the door yard!! Mid week we still truck 30 min to 1.5hr (one way) to train .... but as any musher knows, it's a blessing to be able to run directly from home. Thus I relish long weekends.

I am happy to report that I'm back to working full time as a financial analyst. Woo Hoo!! After two years of flexibility, it's still a bit hard to accept that my body can no longer sustain staying out till 1am on a work night playing with the dogs....but without a paycheck, we would not be able to afford to have them. It's a funny thing, eh. So..... this year, I am thrilled just to be running 15-30 miles and basically being a weekend warrior.

While not working or running dogs, I pretty much live at the gym (weights, aerobics, yoga, pilates, you name it) in an effort to cross-train for my role as musher and novice duathlete. Other hobby interests include: fly fishing, bead stringing, kayaking and hiking NH's 4000 footers.

Many thanks to the Race Organizers, fans, volunteers and sponsors for continuing year after year to make this premier event possible. Cheers!

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Andre van der Merwe
  • From: South Colton, NY
  • Age: 45
  • Occupation: kennel manager / team trainer
  • Website: http://www.callofthewild-kennel.com
  • Team Owner: Spencer Thew
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Theresa; 2 year old female Siberian
    • Bo; 3 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: No long races; place
    • WC Dryland Sledding Championship 12K; 2 place 2009
    • WC Dryland Sledding Championship 12K; 2 place 2010
    • CTS Club Champs; 1 place 2009
    • CTS Club Champs; 1 place 2010
    • SADSA National Championships; 2 place 2010
This is may first 30-mile race on snow. I have 20 of experience as a dryland sledding specialist in sprint racind in South Africa. I am the founder of the CTS Club in 2008; founder of SADSA (National Body); trail boss of all events in W. Cape and nationally in South Africa. I am SADSA sports director and now I am kennel manager / team trainer of CAll of the Wild Kennel in South Colton, NY.

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Fredericka Hibbs
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  • From: Millinocket, ME
  • Age: 13
  • Occupation: student / handler
  • Website: http://www.nahmakanta.com
  • Team Owner: Don Hibbs
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Silvia; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Denali; 6 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Jackman Sprint Race; 8 place 2009
    • Farmington Sprint Race; 5 place 2009
My first mushing experience was helping my dad at the 1999 Can-Am 250. At the time, I was only 2 months old. Since then I've spent lots of time mushing and helping with kennel chores. I've been in 4 sprint races. This is my first long race. My hobbies are dancing, show choir, and writing fictional stories. My other experiences include lots of recreational mushing with my mom and dad.

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Ken Golton
  • From: L’Amable, ON
  • Age: 55
  • Occupation: retired lumberman
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ken Golton
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Ricky; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Sheryl; 5 year old female Alaskan /
      • Race Experience:
        • Longest: Eagle Lake 100; 6 place 1999
        • Kearney; place
I'm happy to be back racing. I've been handling for my sons Jake and Eli for the last couple of years.

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Ashley Simpson-Patterson
  • From: Shirley, ME
  • Age: 27
  • Occupation: registered maine guide
  • Website: http://http://lonewolfguidingservices.com/
  • Team Owner: Ashley Simpson-Patterson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Fang; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Penquin; 6 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 4 place 2004
    • Wilderness 100; 10 place
    • Wilderness 30; 5 place
I'm taking the mushing career to the next level. I met a great man who loves the dogs as much as I do. We currently have a kennel of 30 Alaskan Huskies. We run a successful tour buiness and I am also working towards getting back into racing in a serious way. I'm looking forward to making a run at winning the Can-Am 250 in the future!

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Amy Dugan
  • From: Shirley, ME
  • Age: 53
  • Occupation: Manufacturer of sled dog equipment
  • Website: http://www.mtnridge.com
  • Team Owner: Amy Dugan & John Osmond
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Harley; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Cashew; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 4 place 2005
    • Can-Am 30; 12 place 2011
I have been running dogs since 1985 and racing anywhere from 60 to 250 miles since 1994 and every minute has been a pleasure.

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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 August 21 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 21, 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 21, numbers are assigned in the order that acceptable applications are received.back to the top...

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

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