Mushers and dogs ready to race in Can-Am

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FORT KENT, Me (WAGM) - The Can Am Crown Sled Dog Races begin tomorrow in Fort Kent. Over 50 mushers and their dog teams will be competing in one of three races. Rene Cloukey caught up with Can Am President Dennis Cyr to talk about the race.

Dennis Cyr:" Everything seems to be under control. No matter what Mother Nature throws at us we are going to be on top of it."

The mushers will be leaving Main Street in Fort Kent at 8 am for the 100 mile at 9 am for the 30 mile event and at 10 am for the 250 mile adventure. Volunteers spending part of today grooming the trails after yesterday's snow.

Cyr:" I don't know how fast the race is gong to be. The trails will be laid out so that if the mushers pace themselves they should be good. This snow has been good it will fill in a lot of the moose tracks on the trail. The groomers out there we will have a good trail for the mushers."

8 time winner Martin Massicotte is back to defend the title and as always there are several other mushers who will be looking to beat him to the line. Cyr says this race is one that mushers look forward to competing in

Cyr:" Mushers plan their whole racing season around the Can Am. Whether they are coming from the Mid West or New England they all plan on being in Fort Kent this weekend. We have the best trails, the best volunteers. "

The President says that some people who have raced in Fort Kent have also competed in the Iditarod Sled Dog race. He added that he has been told that mushers who race the Iditarod have also heard about the Fort Kent race

Cyr:" We are known all the way to Iditatod races who would like to come race the Can Am. If they only had the money to bring their dog teams and didn't conflict with the Iditarod. they would be here. They have heard nothing but good things about this race."

All three races will end at Lonesome pine. The first finisher in the 250 mile race will probably come in early on Monday morning. I'm Rene Cloukey NewsSource Sports.>