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Meet the Can-Am 2018 mushers...

The following lists ARE in order of bib numbers

   IWC 250   WJC 100   PACB 30
1Katherine Langlais1Tristan Longchamps1Jeffrey Baril
2Denis Tremblay2Remy Leduc2Caroline Blair-Smith
3Andre Longchamps3Sally Manikian3Jenny Gastmeier
4Ashley Patterson4Rico Portalatin4Bailey Vitello
5Gilles Harnois5Andy Bartleet5Ralph Schade
6Martin Massicotte6Etienne Massicotte6Mark Clement
7Yann Shaw7Eric Chagnon7Jonathan Lucas
8Becki Tucker8Luc Gaudreau8Virginie Besset
9Erin Altemus9Ingrid Bower9Ed Clifford
10Amy Dionne10Alice White10Florence Shaw
11Marie-Eve Drouin11Guilliume Lizotte11Daniel Coutu
Open12Gavin Baker12Eric Dore-Delisle
Open13Kasey McCarty13Michelle Redstone
Open Open14James Tackeberry
Open Open15Paul Boudreau
Open Open16Olivier Giasson
Open Open17Kelley McGrath
Open Open18Emile Toledano
Open Open19Heather D'Arcy
Open Open20Micah Bardoner
Open Open21Christine Richardson
Open Open22Jeffrey McRobbie
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Irving Woodlands Can-Am 250

Katherine Langlais
  • From: Glenwood, NB
  • Age: 34
  • Occupation: vet tech
  • Website: https://akkada.org/
  • Team Owner: Akkada Kennel
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Bonne Mine; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Peche; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Dandilion; 8 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 100; 7 place 2017
    • Defi Taiga 120; 11 place 2017
    • Can-Am 60; 13 place 2014
    • Can-Am 30; 15 place 2015
It'll be my first time running the Can-Am 250 race. I can't wait to live it first hand after all those years of hearing trail tales through Remy. I'll be running this race with most of the veterans from our kennel. I can't wait to see what we'll go through together!

I'd also like to thank our sponsors: Kangaroo Playground, North American Forest Products, Nahak Sports, Sylvain et la famille Lebel, Pikaboo Graphik, Pierre-Luc Lamothe (collectiv.ca), La clinique Veterinaire Lepine, Boucherie Pelletier and all our friends and family that understand our hearts are to the dogs.

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Denis Tremblay
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  • From: St. Michel des Saints, QC
  • Age: 43
  • Occupation: private club gardian
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Denis Tremblay
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Mara; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Diego; 6 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Yukon Quest 1000; 14 place 2013
    • UP 200; 1 place 2017
    • Can-Am 250; 3 place 2017
    • Defi Taiga 200; 1 place 2017

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Andre Longchamps
  • From: Pont-Rouge, QC
  • Age: 47
  • Occupation: paving work supervisor
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Andre Longchamps
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Mousse; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Rosie; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Boudha; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 2 place 2017
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2016
    • Can-Am 250; 3 place 2015
    • Can-Am 250; 2 place 2014
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2013
    • Can-Am 250; 8 place 2012
    • Can-Am 250; 2 place 2011
The Can-Am is the best race! Such a wonderful organization.. so year after year we want to come back and see this big family. My goal is always to have fun with my dogs and do the best we can as a team.

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Ashley Patterson
  • From: Shirley, ME
  • Age: 33
  • Occupation: registered Maine guide
  • Website: http://lonewolfracing.net/
  • Team Owner: Ashley Simpson Patterson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Tres; 5 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Mango; 5 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Otter; 2 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Conyak; 6 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Whiskey; 6 year old male Alaskan - hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 5 place 2017
    • Can-Am 250; 5 place 2016
    • Can-Am 250; 4 place 2015
Ashley Patterson is a Professional Maine Guide, self-employed and operating “Lone Wolf Kennel. She started training sled dogs at age 12. After graduating high school she enjoyed racing throughout New England, competing in the Can – Am Crown 250 six times and placing 4th/5th each time. This year my team is young and inexperienced and our goal is to finish every race we start.

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Gilles Harnois
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  • From: St-Alexis des Monts, QC
  • Age: 57
  • Occupation: retired game warden / musher
  • Website: http://www.desloupiots.com
  • Team Owner: Claudine Pinette
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Nicolai; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Oliver; 3 year old male Siberian
    • Chaman; 7 year old male Siberian
    • Astrid; 6 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 12 place 2015
    • Can-Am 250; 11 place 2016
    • Can-Am 250; 7 place 2017
    • Defi Taiga 200; 10 place 2016
    • Defi Taiga 200; 9 place 2017
Hi everybody, sledding ,training and taking care of my 38 Siberians are my retreat projects and they occupy a lot of my time. My hobbies are mountain biking, jogging and.....dogs. I love when I begin to train a new young dog. The challenges of the Can-Am 250 call me again this year; I think I could become an addict. I'm anxious to come to see the other mushers at Fort Kent in March.

I also give tourist tours and go for long rides alone with the dogs in the Mastigouche Reserve.

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Martin Massicotte
  • From: St-Tite, QC
  • Age: 49
  • Occupation: pavement contractor
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Martin Massicotte
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Amick; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Magic; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Lars; 2 year old male Alaskan
    • Franklin; 2 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Yukon Quest; 6 place 2003
    • Can-Am 250; 1 place 2017
    • UP 200; 2 place 2017
Eight time Can-Am 250 champion... I am looking for a 9th one!! I like to share my passion for sled dogs with my son, Etienne. In 2019 I probably will plan to race the famous Iditarod in Alaska.

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Yann Shaw
  • From: Fermont, QC
  • Age: 36
  • Occupation: fire fighter
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Yann Shaw
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Betula; 2 1/2 year old female Alaskan
    • Marcie; 2 1/2 year old female Alaskan
    • Tika; 2 1/2 year old female Alaskan
    • Azur; 4 1/2 year old male Alaskan
    • Browning; 2 1/2 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Defi Taiga 200; 8 place 2017
    • Can-Am 100; 6 place 2017
    • Wilderness 70; 8 place 2017
The most exciting thing about mushing is the trust between the dog and the musher. The tie that binds when the dogs work for me and give the best of themselves. The family is very important for me because my wife, my daughter and I have amazing team work when it comes to making mushing and my "official" job possible.

I was an Outfitter Guide in dog sledding tourism at Daaquam in 2004-2005. I have been a musher at Fermont, in the grand north of Quebec since 2013 with an average of 2200 miles each winter, with many expeditions in camping for several days.

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Becki Tucker
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  • From: Dorchester, NH
  • Age: 41
  • Occupation: veterinary technician
  • Website: www.outlawridgesleddogs.com
  • Team Owner: Becki Tucker
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Frenzi; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Super Star; 6 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 6 place 2017
    • Wilderness 60; 10 place 2017
    • Mahoosuc 100; 9 place 2016
    • Can-Am 250; 5 place 2015
    • Eagle Lake 100; 6 place 2015
I've been racing for 18 years. What started out as a recreational hobby with rescue dogs soon became a complete addiction ESPECIALLY once I started doing distance.

In 2008 I danced with the grim reaper, I survived death and since then my focus is to LIVE and always do what I love to do. What keeps the fire in my soul, what makes me appreciate & love life are my dogs and the connection we have to each other. This is why my favorite race in the NE is the Can-Am 250. It's all about the care, love & bond that you have with each and everyone on the trail & off the trail. It's about being their provider, coach, nutritionist, behaviorist, doctor and mom! It's incredible to watch them grow into amazing athletes and know that your were the one to see the quality in them, to bring out the best in them to help them excel!

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Altemus Erin
  • From: Grand Marais, MN
  • Age: 39
  • Occupation: nurse
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Mush Lake Racing / Erin Altemus
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Beezus; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Nancy; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Gabby; 6 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Beargreas Marathon; 6 place 2016
    • Beargreas Marathon; 4 place 2015
Erin and her husband Matt live in northern Minnesota with their daughter Sylvia and 40 sled dogs. Matt has run the race, finishing 3rd in 2016. Matt and Erin have been racing for 6 years. Erin works as a nurse and also as a writer. This year, Matt and Erin welcomed 15 puppies to their kennel, Mush Lake Racing, so the future of racing is looking great.

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Amy Dionne
  • From: Madawaska, ME
  • Age: 28
  • Occupation: paramedic
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Amy Dionne
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Hogie; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Shay; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Gaila; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Henry; 5 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 8 place 2015 & 2017
    • Can-Am 60; 4 place 2014
    • Can-Am 30; 2 place 2013
It's great to have a race so close to home. The dogs and I look forward to the Can-Am every year. Other hobbies we have are trail running with the dogs, ice fishing, and hiking. What better way to spend time with dogs and people then on the trail having adventures and with nature. I think we all have dreams of running bigger races and traveling to different parts of the world with our dogs but the dogs could care less as long as they are running and fed. I think people need to be more like dogs and just enjoy the simple things.

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Marie-Eve Drouin
  • From: Metabetchouan-Lac-A-La-Croix, QC
  • Age: 35
  • Occupation: cabinet maker
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Marie-Eve Drouin
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Thirteen; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Elim; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Freightliner; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Etoile; 3 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Defi Taiga 200; 7 place 2017
    • Can-Am 60; 3,4,8 place 2011, 10, 9 respectively

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Tristan Longchamps
  • From: Pont-Rouge, QC
  • Age: 15
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Tristan Longchamps
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Nome; 8 year old female Alaskan
    • Levis; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Herbie; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: First year of racing.
    • Will race the Eagle Lake 30.
This is my first year of racing. After seeing my parents both race year after year, I decided to race this winter. I will be the 5th generation of musher in my family. I really like the contact with the dogs. I have train with my parents since I was born.

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Remy Leduc
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  • From: Glenwood, NB
  • Age: 33
  • Occupation: aviation
  • Website: https://akkada.org/
  • Team Owner: Akkada Kennel
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Manny; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Manitou; 8 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Canadian Challenge; 5 place 2017
    • Can-Am 250; 10,9,11 place 2017,16,15
    • Defi Taiga 120; place
I’m very happy to be back to Fort Kent this year. I can’t wait to see all the people that make this event possible. It will be different to run the 100 mile race this year. I’m more nervous to know that Katherine will be running the 250 instead of me.

I’d also like to thank our sponsors: Kangaroo Playground, North American Forest Products, Nahak Sports, Sylvain et la famille Lebel, Pikaboo Graphik, Pierre-Luc Lamothe (collectiv.ca), La clinique Veterinaire Lepine, Boucherie Pelletier and all our friends and family that understand our hearts are to the dogs.

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Sally Manikian
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  • From: Shelburne, NH
  • Age: 36
  • Occupation: VT and NH reprentative , The Conservation Fund
  • Website: http://shadypinessleddogs.com
  • Team Owner: Sally Manikian
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Hyside; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • House; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Hilde; 3 year old female Alaskan
    • Ariel; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Allfie; 5 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 6 place 2016
    • Can-Am 250; 9 place 2017
    • UP 200; 9 place 2017
    • UP 200; 8 place 2016
    • Mahoosuc 100; 4 place 2016
When I first started my own dog team, after working with other people's dog teams for four years, I said 'I just want to run, I never want to race.' That was the last time I used the phrase 'never' with a dog team, because that first year I had my own dogs, I signed up for the Can Am 30. I don't think I had ever run 30 full miles before. Even unprepared, I was hooked.

The Can Am is a wonderful race community and I can't imagine not showing up for the races. I have made so many friends among the volunteers and the town, and love sharing the trail with my fellow mushers. I am very thankful to the wonderful hosts of Don and Laura Audibert, who have opened their home to myself and the dog team for six years.

I live in the small town of Shelburne, and am the guardian and caregiver of my disabled brother and sister. I have some very patient neighbors, an incredibly supportive community, and so many incredible people who have connected with the dogs. I started in dogs because I love challenge, winter wilderness, and traveling across landscape in silence with friends.

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Rico Portalatin
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  • From: Milo, ME
  • Age: 46
  • Occupation: Maine Card Manager
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Paula & Rico Portalatin
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kelso; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Eddie Murphy; 2 year old male Alaskan
    • Wane; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Gucci; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Amy Poehler; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 100; 3 place 2016
    • Can-Am 60; 1 place 2015
    • Can-Am 30; 1 place 2013
We are looking forward to coming back to the Can-Am after missing last year. We always enjoy the fanfare that only Fort Kent can provide. The team will have young dogs that we are sure will enjoy the run!

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Andy Bartleet
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  • From: Albany Township, ME
  • Age: 53
  • Occupation: Hurricane Island Outward Bound School program manager
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Andy Bartleet
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Kuling; 5 year old female Alaskan - hound
    • Higgs boson; 5 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Parfait; 6 year old female Alaskan - hound
    • Schultz; 5 year old female Alaskan - hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 100; 11 place 2017
    • Can-Am 60; 9 place 2014
    • Can-Am 30; 10 place 2013
We live in Western Maine in the woods, so the neighbors don't get too bothered by the dog noise. Each of the dogs lives with at least one other buddy in their own space, (no chains), and has daily mayhem / play time with the others. The spring, summer and fall are taken up with work for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School at our Land Program base near Bethel, Maine. We provide opportunities for upward of 350 students per year to engage on rigorous outdoor expeditions fostering character development, leadership and service. In my position I have the honor to work with hard working, amazing, and dedicated educators and support staff in some of the wonderfull wilderness areas of Maine and New Hampshire. As the summer turns to fall, my focus then shifts to training the dogs, and my work schedule fits in and around the weather patterns and the dogs. We do some guiding and some racing. Both provide the dogs with people to meet and play with as well as a good excuse to get out and explore and have fun.

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Etienne Massicotte
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  • From: St-Tite, QC
  • Age: 16
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Martin Massicotte
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Sally; 2 year old female Alaskan
    • Rose; 4 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Wilderness 70; 4 place 2016
    • Can-Am 30; 5 place 2016
I am Martin Massicotte's son. I train and have trained and taken care of the dogs with my father for many years. I began to race dogs last year by racing the Wilderness 70 mile where I placed fourth and the Can-Am 30 where I finished fifth. Besides sled dogs, I like hunting and trapping.

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Eric Chagnon
  • From: Parent, QC
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: forestry foreman
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Eric Chagnon
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Nanook; 5 year old male mixed breed
    • Corbeau; 3 year old male mixed breed
    • Mika; 5 year old female mixed breed
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Defi Taiga 144; 5 place 2017
    • Can-Am 100; 2 place 2017
I love to go mushing deep in the woods, alone with my dogs. I am lucky to have so many friends who help me to take care of my dogs.

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Luc Gaudreau
  • From: St-Denis de Brompton, QC
  • Age: 50
  • Occupation: University professor / molecular biologist
  • Website: https://www.dogtec.com/kennel/pixiun-kennel
  • Team Owner: Luc Gaudreau
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Frosty; 8 year old male Alaskan
    • Socket; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Picasso; 6 year old male Alaskan
    • Lincoln; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 100; 9 place 2017
    • Can-Am 100; 10 place 2016
    • Wilderness 70; 12 place 2017
I am a cancer researcher at the University of Sherbooke in Quebec. I am married, and we have a 10-year-old boy who keeps us busy! I have been running dogs for about 14 years now and got serious about mushing just a few years back. I love the community in Fort Kent and the race organization. A special bonus is my great host family, the Saunders, the BEST one could ever hope for!! I was born and raised in Edmundston NB, so the Can-Am holds a special place in my heart.

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Ingrid Bower
  • From: Underhill, VT
  • Age: 55
  • Occupation: librarian
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ingrid Bower & Heather D'Arcy
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Juniper; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Joker; 4 year old male Siberian
    • Tink; 2 year old female Siberian
    • Loxley; 2 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 100; 16 place 2016
    • Can-Am 30; 17 place 2015
A person can not stay in this sport for 40 years, with all of its ups and downs, joys and sorrows, tremendous outpouring of time, energy and money without truly loving the dogs and the sport. Over these last 40 years I have learned so much about the dogs and about myself that I would never have learned had I not decided to buy my first Siberian, SASHA, so many years ago. I dedicate this race to all of the great (and not-so-great) dogs I have had the honor to know over all of these years. I would not be the person I am today without them.

I have been raising and training Siberian Huskies for 40 years. I also give tours and offer educational programs.

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Alice White
  • From: Ely, MN
  • Age: 29
  • Occupation: veterinary technician
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Alice White
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Violet; 9 year old female Siberian
    • Urbana; 9 year old female Siberian
    • Spruce; 8 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: UP 200; 14 place 2015
    • Beargrease 150; 26 place 2018
    • Apostle Island 40; 16 place 2018
    • Mid-Minnesota 30; 13 place 2017
    • Beargrease Red Race 40; place 2017
    • Apostle Island 40; 13 place 2017
I am a lifelong animal lover and sled dog enthusiast. Originally from Georgia, I travveled north to pursue mushing. Eventually landing in Minnesota where I lived and handled at Blake and Jen Freking's Manitou Crossing Kennels for a number of years. I have since branched off to build my own team/kennel, although I still work closely with the Frekings. Outside of mushing I enjoy writing, hiking and travel. This will be my first Can-Am race, as well as my first trip to Maine.

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Guilliume Lizotte
  • From: Sayabec, QC
  • Age: 36
  • Occupation: forest firefighter
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Guilliume Lizotte
  • Lead Dogs:
    • antja; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • fudge; 3 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Defi Taiga 200; 6 place 2017
    • Defi Taiga 200; 7 place 2015
    • Defi Taiga 200; 6 place 2016
I was born in the Matapedia valley in QC and I grew close to the bush. I love trapping, canoeing and horse back riding. In 1991 I saw Charlie Boulding win the Yukon Quest race and at that time I knew that I would have the same lifestyle. In the summer season, l am also a forest firefighter in the north, and this job allows me to conciliate my two passions, wilderness and dogs. So, to conclude my description, my dogs are not only a passion, not only a friendship, but they are all my life.

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Gavin Baker
  • From: Almonte, ON
  • Age: 48
  • Occupation: site superintendent / construction foreman
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Gavin Baker
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Danger; 5 year old female Alaskan
    • Bellagio; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Mirage; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Diablo; 5 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 15 place 2010
    • Midnight Run 100; 12 place 2014
    • Eagle Lake 100; 10 place 2013
    • Can-Am 100; 12 place 2018
    • Mahoosuc 100; 6 place 2017
I have been racing for 23 years,and with my wife Ada, we own Trail Dancer Kennels consisting of 16 Alaskan Huskies. We look forward to racing and all the friendships, new and old made participating in these events.

Over the many years in the sport when not racing my own team l have been asked to handle for other mushers at races such as the UP200 and the Wyoming Stage Stop to name a couple.

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Kasey McCarty
  • From: Lexington, ME
  • Age: 31
  • Occupation: licensed veterinary technician
  • Website: www.fortilliokennels.com
  • Team Owner: Kasey McCarty
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Hinder; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Ace; 5 year old male Siberian
    • Edda; 3 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 100; 16 place 2016
    • KI Brownville 30; 7 place 2018
    • Can-Am 60; 16 place 2012
Always love coming to this race. The people, town and support that goes into this event is just amazing, We didn‘t get to race at all last year and can‘t wait to get back on this trail with some pretty talented athletes!

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Jeffry Baril
  • From: St Gabriel de Brandon, QC
  • Age: 37
  • Occupation: Beekeeper
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jeffry Baril
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 14 place 2007
    • Can-Am 60; 5 place 2006
    • Can-Am 30; 1 place 2004
I've been into sleddogs since I was a kid. I still love to train dogs a lot. I do it with my wife now and she really loves this sport. I'm always outside. In the summertime I work with my beehives. And now, as I'm getting some dogs again, I'm very happy to be able to work with them everyday and involve my family in this great sport. In a couple of years we'd like to get back into 100 milers and go try new races that I've never done before.

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Caroline Blair-Smith
  • From: Albany Township, ME
  • Age: 47
  • Occupation: Outward Bound program director
  • Website: http://www.sledpets.com/index.html
  • Team Owner: Caroline Blair-Smith
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Tarn; 7 year old female Alaskan
    • Squamish; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Rigel; 7 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 13 place 2012
    • Can-Am 30; 16 place 2017
    • Greenville Wilderness 30; 8 place 2015
My husband Andy Bartleet and I work for the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, running wilderness expeditions in the most beautiful and wild regions of the State of Maine. The courses use the challenge of wilderness travel to develop students' strength of character, ability to lead and desire to serve others. At home in the winter, we devote ourselves to mushing, and our canine characters use their leadership talents to instill in us a desire to serve them. Both programs are highly effective.

I run a guide service called Mornington Crescent Sled Dogs (http://www.sledpets.com/index.html), which introduces people to mushing.

We look forward to the Can-Am Crown each year for the community involvement, the dedicated staff and volunteers, and the spectacular trails.

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Jenny Gastmeier
  • From: Ayr, ON
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: Health Administrator
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jenny Gastmeier & Ralph Schade
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Pearl; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Isa; 1.5 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Tahquamenon 30; place 2018
    • Kearney 6 mile; place 2017
    • Haliburtion 6 mile; place 2017
We are thrilled to be running the CanAm 30 this year! This is our tirst year running mid·distanoe races. We ran the 30 miler at Tahquamenon. and Keamey Ontario, and are happy to close the season with the CanAm.

We have been racing the Ontario sprint racing circuit for the last 7 years, and are more than ready to embark on the longer distances. My future goal is to run the Canadian Challenge 100 mile.

We really don't have any other hobbies, as our farm and kennel of 22 dogs, 2 pot belly pigs, a dozen chickens and 3 cats along with our full time jobs keeps us busy enough!

For the last 4 years we have participated in the Seguin Mail run in Humphreys, Ontario. We run a 22 km trail from Humphreys to Rousseau Ontario to deliver mall. We also participate in various dryland races In 2 dog bike and 4 dog rig classes.

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Bailey Vitello
  • From: Milan, NH
  • Age: 20
  • Occupation: musher / carpenter
  • Website: http://www.ne-outfitters.com
  • Team Owner: Bailey Vitello
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Monster; 6 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Chein; 4 year old male Alaskan - hound
    • Snuggles; 7 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Jr. Iditarod; 7 place 2012
    • Can-Am 30; 1 place 2015
    • Can-Am 30; 4 place 2016
    • Great North Woods Sled Dog Challenge mid distance; 2 place 2015
    • IFSS Winter World Championship mid distance; 3 place 2017
I am a second generation musher and fell in love with the sport. Mushing is a part of rny every day life. My dogs give me all they have every time we compete. I currently run Norlhem Exposure Outfitters Dog Sledding Company with my girlfriend, Brianna, and we enjoy providing quality equipmeni and educational programs to schools and groups. I enjoy fishing and hunting for my dogs as well as snowboarding and going on my boat. In the future I hope to complete in the Can-Am 250 and eventually make It to the Iditarod. My clogs are amazing athletes and I can‘t wait to see what the future holds for us.

I have been competing since I was a little kid and in my early teens I competed in the Junior Iditarod, winning the half way point. I also competed in the Pedigree Stage Stop, Laconia World Championship, Race to the Sky, winning best cared for team. I have competed in all three races of the Can-Am Crown being the youngest competitor for each of the three races. I won the Can-Am 30 in 2015.

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Ralph Schade
  • From: Ayr, ON
  • Age: 61
  • Occupation: home inspecter
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ralph Schade
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Nanook; 6 year old male Siberian
    • Ila; 3 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Tahquamenon 30; 25 place 2018
My wife and I have been sprint racing for about 8 yrs now. This race will my 2nd foray into distance and my wife's 3rd. We are excited to learn all the nuances that come with distance training. We have chosen this discipline to be able to spend more time sharing the trail with our dogs and maintaining that special bond that we have with them.

I have been strictly sprint racing in the Ontario area. We attended mushing boot camp in Michigan with Ann Stead and Jamie Nelson. We participated in Bristol Dryland and the Siberian Husky Club of Niagara Region in New York for their dryland events. We have also ran the annual Seguin Mail Run in Muskoka for the last 3 yrs.

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Mark Clement
  • From: Chatsworth, ON
  • Age: 56
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Mark Clement
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Blue; 5 year old male Siberian
    • Nanook; 5 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Tahquamenon 30; 24 place 2018
    • Marmora Snofest 6 dog BP; 1 place 2015
    • Kearney 6 dog PB; 4 place 2015
    • World Championship 4 dog BP; place 2017
This is my first year racing mid distance. I have been running dogs recreationally and sprint racing for 25 years. I have participated for the last 4 years in the Sequin Mail Run from Humphrey to Rosseau, Ontario. I will be running in the 34th Annual Mail Run this February.

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Jonathan Lucas
  • From: Newport Corner, NS
  • Age: 54
  • Occupation: Aquaculture
  • Website: http://skywolfk9adventures.wordpress.com
  • Team Owner: Jonathan Lucas & Debra Knight
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Tiger; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Stug; 3 year old male Alaskan
    • Spitfire; 2 year old female Alaskan
    • Sugar; 2 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Yukon Quest 300; 24 place 2011
    • Carbon Hill 30; 2 place 2015
    • Silver Sled 100; 5 place 2015
Moved to Yukon in 2001 from the UK, began dogsports by skijoring with our Rottweiller "Puppy", acquired another Rottweiller "Asha“ - they taught me to ski, I taught them to lead and pull (although in truth they just knew how to do it) .... borrowed an Alaskan or two, then 4, although discovered 3 is quite enough for skijoring, and then I got a sled ..... seperated in 2010, finished the Yukon Quest 300 and Percy deWolff 200 in 2011 with borrowed dogs (thanks Hugh Neff). Started to acquire my own dogs and met Deb Knight, completed the Yukon Quest 300 in 2013, with a joint team. Got together and my kennel of 7 has become 39. Moved to NS in 2015 .... good job I enjoy dryland and atv training!

Organised and raced DPSAY Copper Haul Twister Race series and Hot Hounds Dryland summer races 2005 - 2011.

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Virginie Besset
  • From: Ampuis, FR
  • Age: 28
  • Occupation: Canada explorer
  • Website: http://skywolfk9adventures.wordpress.com
  • Team Owner: Jonathan Lucas & Debra Knight
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Gwen; 6 year old female Alaskan
    • Rainy; 4 year old female Alaskan
    • Guinness; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Snowy; 6 year old female Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: First race;
By the end of 2016, I quit job, family, and friends in Europe to explore Canada. First stop: Yellowknife, where I discovered I can enjoy being outside below 30C, and had my first contact with sled dogs. One month of feeding, petting and running them. Then to Yukon, where I discovered bike-joring, followed by many other places in South Canada to end up in Nova Scotia with Skywolf Kennel to keep up with this great canadian experience : dog sledding! Thanks Deb and Jon

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Ed Clifford
  • From: Raymond, NH
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: UPS
  • Website: https://www.facebook.com/Cliffordkennelracing/
  • Team Owner: Ed Clifford
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Frank; 6 year old male pointer cross
    • Trek; 6 year old female pointer cross
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Sandwich Notch 60; 1 place 1999
    • Can-Am Crown 30; 1 place 2017
    • Laconia World Championship 6 dog; 2 place 2017
I have been racing for about 50 years, and I now race with my daughter Nova. We are usually racing on the sprint circuit, but last year we decided we would try Can-Am with our hound team. I had a great time racing here last year, and look forward to whatever challenges present themselves this year out on the course.

I have 40 years of racing sled dogs in all disciplines, across North America and even in Italy.

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Florence Shaw
  • From: Fermont, QC
  • Age: 12
  • Occupation: student
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Yann Shaw
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Wana; 2 year old female Alaskan
    • Gedeon; 2 year old male Alaskan
    • June; 1 year old female Alaskan
    • Marcel; 2 year old male Alaskan
    • Browning; 3 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Eagle Lake 30; 10 place 2018
Florence is only 12 years old but she has been dog sledding for a couple of years. She lives in the north of Quebec and she goes dogsledding in wilderness, in really cold temperatures, and makes trips of 20 to 50 miles often in winter! Her parents dog sled too and her father, Yann, ran his first year of racing last year.

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Daniel Coutu
  • From: Saint-Claude, QC
  • Age: 59
  • Occupation: retired
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Daniel Coutu
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Bilbo; 2 year old male Alaskan
    • Brutus; 2 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 10 place 2017
    • Wilderness; 5 place 2017
    • Can-Am 30; 13 place 2016
    • Can-Am 30; 14 place 2015
Je pratique le traineau à chiens depuis plusieurs années. Cette activité me fait aimée l'hiver. Je suis de retour à Fort Kent pour une quatrième année parce que que la Can-Am est très bien organisés. J'aime l'ambiance de cette course et les gens de Fort Kent sont très sympathiques. Au plaisir de vous rencontrer au mois de mars!

I have been practicing dog sledding for several years. This activity makes me love the winter. I am back in Fort Kent for a fourth year because the Can-Am is very well organized. I like the atmosphere of this race and the people of Fort Kent are very friendly. Looking forward to meeting you in March!

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Eric Dore-Delisle
  • From: Mont-Laurier, QC
  • Age: 49
  • Occupation: forest engineer
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Eric Dore-Delisle
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Styx; 5 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
    • Guru; 2 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 30; 3 place 2017
    • Can-Am 30; 3 place 2016
    • Jerico Mountain 17; 1 place 2015
My father gave me a sled ride with one dog when I was five years old. I believe everything started then. Many years later I started to read books such as "L'univers du chien de tralneau" and so on. Then, I met Jean-Marc Julien, a successful sprint racer and breeder from Neuville Québec. I was his handler for some years and learned a lot about mushing from him and his dogs. I also was a guide in tourism for "Aventure Inukshuk" at Duchesney Quebec for some years and for "Les Casaventures" for one season. l had fun and good experiences mushing with these people, thanks to them. In March 2006, with five other guides and 50 dogs all together, we did a two week expedition on James Bay. It was a great adventure, lots of fun and lots of challenges too. Since about the year of 2002 I've been trying to raise and train my own dogs here and there ........ It has never been easy. Somehow, with my wife, and now with our 3 children, we managed to settle down in a wonderful place where I can train from my back yard.

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Michelle Redstone
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  • From: Warren, ON
  • Age: 29
  • Occupation: welder
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Broken Trail
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Toes; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Jake; 4 year old male hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Tehquamenon 41; 2018
    • Kearney 4; 2017
    • Haliburton 6; 2017
    • Kearney 35; 2014
    • Kortright Centre 4; 2009
    • Cannington 4; 2008
l'm a second generation musher whose life revolves around my dogs. I currently look after 21 dogs among a few other animals on my farm .... This is my first time venturing to the Can Am and I couldn‘t be more excited! It was suppose to be a next year's goal... This season I have Tehquamenon, Kearney Sled Dog Races and Jack Pine 30 on the list and figured lets finish the season with the Can Am!

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James Tackeberry
  • From: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Age: 33
  • Occupation: Electronic controlls tech for DOD
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: James Tackeberry
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Caroliine; 6 year old female Siberian
    • Portia; 5 year old female Siberian
    • Maya; 6 year old female Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: First snow race;
We have run in a few dryland races ranging from 2-6 miles... nothing real long. All year we have been training for the Can-Am. This is our 2 season of training this team. I have been mushing for about 4 years with 1 and 2 dogs bikejoring.

I am a Northern Illinois native that now lives in Virginia. I got into dogsledding after living in an apartment with my first husky, Maya. What started as a man, his dog and a bike quickly turned into an obsession.

In 2016, the idea on Mismatch Mushing came about, which brings a little bit of the North to the south by means of dog sledding. Myself and co-owner Rich Walker race our combines 6 dogs. When we arent training or racing we can be found outside playing, at our favorite dog park or trying to find a new adventure. For me, nothing is worth doing unless the dogs can participate- a fact my wife has come to accept.

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Paul Boudreau
  • From: L’Assomption, QC
  • Age: 75
  • Occupation: retired
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Paul Boudreau
  • Lead Dogs:
    • White; 7 year old male Alaskan
    • Fang; 5 year old male Alaskan - hound
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Labrador 400; 2 place 1997
    • Plum Creek 30; 2 place 2015
    • Can-Am 250; 2 to 5 place 1993 -1998
    • Can-Am 60; 4 to 9 place 1999 - 2014 (except 2002 - 2007)
    • Can-Am 30; 12 & 3 place 2003 & 2015
I have been coming to the Can-Am for many years. I might be the oldest musher this year.

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Olivier Giasson
  • From: St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, QC
  • Age: 32
  • Occupation: fireman / arborist
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Olivier Giasson/Marie-Eve Blais
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Watson; 5 year old male french spaniel
    • Gaïa; 4 year old female Siberian
    • Mavrick; 3 year old male french spaniel
    • Oslo; 2 year old male Siberian
    • Panda; 2 year old male Siberian
    • Tasiaq; 3 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: First race;
Hello, this is me my first race! I started with tourism in 2010 then switched to my own dogs 3 years later. Now I train 8 dogs at home for my own recreation, 5 siberian huskies and 3 french spaniels. My wife and I practice a lot of skijoring and bikejoring. For now I will begin with 30 miles. I realize it takes a lot of time to train and I need time for my family :) Hope for the best for my first experience!

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Kelley McGrath
  • From: Wonalancet, NH
  • Age: 55
  • Occupation: database manager
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Kelley McGrath / Fran Plaisted
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Basil; 3 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
    • Indy; 6 year old female Alaskan/Pointer
    • Pepper; 4 year old female Alaskan/Pointer
    • Mousse; 5 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
    • Truffle; 5 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
    • Virgil; 2 year old male Alaskan/Pointer
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Brownville 20; 1 place 2018
    • Sprint World Championship 4 dog; 6 place 2017
    • Laconia Sled Dog Derby; 7 place 2017
    • ISDRA Dryland Gold Medalist 2 classes; place 2017
The past few years I have combined kennels with Fran Plaisted as we both have small kennels with dogs that live mostly in the house. Our dogs are sofa hounds - a mix of pointer and husky - who love hanging out with their people on the couch or lounging on a nearby dog bed.

In 2017 we went to the World Championships for sprint racing and ran several teams over 6 days of racing with most of the teams placing in the top 10, including an amazing 4-dog mass start race. This year we wanted to see if the sofa hounds could run a little further, with a goal of running some 20 mile races. After a successful showing at the Brownville 20 we decided to jump into the fray and enter the Can-Am 30. After handling at the race and competing in the Ft. Kent skijor races for the past couple of years, we are looking forward to our first time actually running in the Can-Am!

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Emile Toledano
  • From: Bridport, VT
  • Age: 24
  • Occupation: Veterinary Assistant
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ingrid Bower, Heather D'Arcy & Emile Toledano
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Gale; 9 year old female Siberian
    • Jester; 4 year old male Siberian
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Brownville 20; place 2018
This will be my first time running the Can-Am 30. Having been to the Can-Am Crown two years ago as a handler, I am very excited to participate in such a well established race. I am so grateful for the support I have received from Ingrid Bower and Heather D'Arcy. Without them I would never have been able to be a part of such a passionate and rewarding sport.

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Heather D'Arcy
  • From: Underhill, VT
  • Age: 31
  • Occupation: program operations director
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Ingrid Bower & Heather D'Arcy
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Lily; 12 year old female Siberian
    • Tini; 2 year old female Siberian
    • Grimm; 2 year old male Deutsch Langhaar
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 100; 14 place 2017
    • Can-Am 30; 7 place 2015
    • Sandwich 20; 3 place 2015
    • Great North Woods Sleddog Challenge 6 dog; 1 place 2017
    • Great North Woods Sleddog Challenge purebred; 5 place 2017
I'm dedicating this race to my lead dog Lily. She is about 12 years old at the time of this race and really hasn't slowed much since her prime. She's always been a steady lead dog, great for 60+ mile races to help you make it to the finish. Now, her legs shake after just a few miles in harness, but she's still impatient to keep moving down the trail. She has also helped train every single lead dog we have. She is no nonsense in lead, will push or pull young lead prospects to the correct turn and will drag them past almost any distraction, including deer that jump right over the lead dogs during our night training runs. She certainly has her quirks, as do we all, but overall the kennel and teams are better thanks to her. I look liorward to sharing this race, perhaps her last, with her.

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Micah Bardoner
  • From: Signal Mtn, TN
  • Age: 24
  • Occupation: self employed
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jim Bardoner
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Yeller; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Fester; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Max; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Shorty; 4 year old male Alaskan
    • Pugsly; 5 year old male Alaskan
    • Red; 4 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Copper Dog 50; 12 place 2015
    • Jack Pine 30; 9 place 2015
People often look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I am a musher from Tennessee. Well... maybe I am crazy. There’s a lot that can go wrong out on the trail, and I think a musher needs a little bit of wild in them in order to handle whatever happens. I get it from my father. He got me started on mushing with his Iditarod run back in 2012. I’ve been in love with it ever since. For me it’s all about the dogs, the bond between man and beast, and the competitive drive to succeed. Looking forward, I see more Mid-distance races in my future. My race philosophy is always the same: give it my best and let the results speak for themselves.

I've been a handler since 2012 and have participated in dryland events. I've taken part in several sled dog exploration trips including camping with the team.

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Christine Richardson
  • From: Canaan, NH
  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: Safety Manager for Professional Kitchen
  • Website: www.sealcovejourneys.com
  • Team Owner: Christine Richardson
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Dory; 6 year old female pointer cross
    • Sid; 5 year old male Alaskan
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: Can-Am 250; 6 place 2015
    • Can-Am 100; 6 place 2016
    • Can-Am30; 2 place 2017
    • Beargrease 120; 15 place 2018
I am happy to be running in the Can-Am again this year. I Iive in NH with my partner Kip and our 23 Alaskan huskies. Last year we had a magical run in the 30 mile race and so we are coming back to enjoy that race again and see if we can do just a little bit better this year. I look forward to seeing all the friends that I have made in Fort Kent over the years. I hope everyone has a good race!

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Jeffrey McRobbie
  • From: Wayne, Maine
  • Age: 61
  • Occupation: bar tender
  • Website: N/A
  • Team Owner: Jeffrey McRobbie
  • Lead Dogs:
    • Big Mac; 4 year old male pointer cross
    • Jackie; 2 year old female pointer cross
  • Race Experience:
    • Longest: KI Brownville 11; 2 place 2018
I AM BACK! Thank you for aII the and support and prayers. Many things have stood in my way this year, and I fought hard to be where I am. I did think about giving up, or waiting another year, but 3 things have kept me going. #1. My dogs and l are stubborn, determined, and highly competative SOB's and this race WlLL NOT beat you! My dogs didn't let me give up. #2 There are soooo many people out there have had and do have my back. I felt and do feel the love. lt kept me working and when I was ready to give up or a road block was in the way, YOU kept me going and I THANK YOU!

[Jeffrey was removed from the race two years ago when he was struck by a snowmobile and seriously injured. After he was release from the hospital he vowed to return and finish the race.}

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Bib Draw

Each race is limited to 30 teams. Rules were posted on October 4. Entry forms are posted on November 1. Applications received before the random drawing on Sunday, November 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 email, fax, snail mail, or other means. On November 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 November 19, numbers are assigned in the order that acceptable applications are received.

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