FORT KENT, Me. (WAGM) - The Can Am 250 sled dog race is history for another year. Martin Massicotte of Quebec won his sixth straight Can Am event. 14 teams started and 12 finished the adventure that begin and ended in Fort Kent.
The race started on Saturday morning on Main Street in Fort Kent. The mushers and their teams ventured into the Northern Maine woods to Ashland and then continued to Allagash before wrapping up the race in Fort Kent. Maritn Massicotte won his 10th Can Am title with Andre Lonchamps second. Ward Wallin of Fort Kent finished a little after 11 am.
" Typical Maine you never know when you are going to get a foot of snow or an inch of snow. The hills seem to get bigger every year and they are going up both ways." Ward Wallin said.
Ashley Patterson of Shirley had a fifth place finish
"Every time you go by one of the safety stations they say I saw another team they are trying to pump you up but you can't just go faster you have to do what is best for the dogs." Patterson said.
Wallin says the deep snow was a factor
"One time I had to take care of a dog and I stepped off the trail and I had to crawl out of it hoping my snow hook would hold. Pretty amazing." Wallin recalled.
Patterson says this race is grueling for both dogs and mushers
"I have heard from mushers who did the Iditarod who said that this is the toughest qualifier of any race they have done. It is because it is super challenging. You are always thinking ahead." Patterson said.
"I love the race it is a pure dog trail. There is a lot of wildlife out there I love the race and people from around here." Wallin said.
Patterson finished fifth in this race and was ecstatic
"Anybody who starts this 250 if you finish it you are a winner. You don't need to win just finish." Patterson said.