Can Am Sled Dog Races

Mushers began crossing the finish line Monday morning in the 2020 Can-Am Crown race. The winner of the race, technically called the Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown 250, was Denis Tremblay, a longtime musher from Quebec.

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Canadian musher Martin Massicotte has just won Maine's biggest dog sled race for the 10th time.

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.

FORT KENT, Maine — Some mushers and their dog teams are still out finishing the Can Am Crown 250 in northern Maine. The first team to finish, led by Martin Massicotte of Quebec, crossed the finish line in Fort Kent around 5:45 this morning.

"I think this is his seventh victory here," says Race Marshall Don Hibbs. "He's been a very consistent musher for many, many years and he must work harder than the rest of us, so he deserves everything he gets."

BANGOR, Maine - While the winter has disrupted a number of winter sporting events, one event that's going ahead as scheduled is the Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races on March 5. But sled dog races scheduled for Saturday in Greenville have been called off.

"I was very happy with the news that we got last night from our people that work on the trails," says
Can-Am President Beurmond Banville.

Banville says it's been touch and go all month, but the area received about 7 inches of fresh snow this week.