Quebec Musher Collects 8th Win in Maine's Can-Am Crown

Mar 6, 2017

A Quebec musher won his eighth victory in Maine’s biggest sled dog race, the 250-mile Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown.

Martin Massicotte finished late Sunday, completing the race in 20 hours, 7 minutes and 38 seconds. He was followed by two other Quebec mushers, Andre Longchamps and Denis Tremblay.

Race spokesman Beurmond Banville says those three finished within 47 minutes of each other.

“The winner, Massicotte, beat out Longchamps by 17 minutes, and then Denis Tremblay came in 3rd, and the three of them were within 47 minutes of each other after 221 miles,” he says.

Banville says the trail for the race was rather fast.

“Mileage has been cut down from previous years because of the weather from last week. The sun and the rain beat up part of our trails and we had to reroute part of our trails, so it changed things a little bit, but it went well,” he says.”

More than a dozen mushers started Saturday in the 25th running of the race across the wilderness of northern Maine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.