I just got in from the Can Am Crown International Sled Dog Races held in Fort Kent, Maine about an hour from our home. Left in snow (studded snow tires a must up here)and it continued throughout the day with temps of +22 and a -8F wind chill... it seemed to make the races all the more exciting. The dogs were all yodeling and jumping anxious to get underway.
Main Street was closed down to accommodate the start and it ws filled with spectators. Most of the locals looked as if they stepped right out of an Alaskan Gold Rush movie in big fur hats, Mukluk boots and beards! Families brought all the kids out including infants all rosy cheeked and bundled up in their sleds; strollers just don't work up here in the winter! I even met a Native American in his red Hudson Bay blanket coat, breast plate of shell beads and bone and his ceremonial staff. Photos will come soon!
I was told there were about 1,000 dogs entered in the various races of from 30 miles to 250 miles and in the 30 mile race, there was a Mackay! I do not know if she is a member of our Society, but I am going to try to get her address to send her a personal note of congrats for her participation. Check her lead dogs' names!...
From: Parishville, NY
Team Owner: MacKay / Mahoney
Malarkey; 6 year old male Alaskan
Ghillie; 5 year old male Alaskan
Sgian Dubh; 5 year old male Alaskan
Camogie; 5 year old female Alaskan
Pictish; 4 year old female Alaskan
Longest: Midnight Run; 15 place
Can-Am 30; 7 place 2008
Can-Am 30; 7 place 2009
John Mahoney and I have been working with Alaskan huskies since 1994. We worked as tour guides, kennel helpers, race handlers, and race organizers, but we now enjoy fielding our own race team that we have raised and trained from scratch.
Seeing a familiar name made watching the starts and following the teams all the more enjoyable! To see more with videos just google
"Can Am Crown International Sled Dog Races" or check the UTube sites under the same heading! Michelle
Here is a short clip on Utube of a couple of the early starts . The side lines filled up as the morning progressed!
Also mushing today was Hugh Wakker from SCOTLAND!
I didnt know he was running until I picked up my program this morning and he was already to go and had moved his team out of the visitors area...
From: Dunblane, Scotland
Team Owner: Rob & Louise Cooke
Gyro; 4 year old male Siberian
Maddie; 2 year old female Siberian
Loonie; 2 year old male Siberian
Longest: Can-Am 30; 17 place 2011
SHC of GB Aviemore Sled Dog Race 4mi.; 5 place 2010
Hugh and his wife Judy live in Scotland and have owned Siberian Huskies since l995. They currently have 13 Siberians and a German Shorthaired Pointer. Two of their huskies come from Alaska and New Hampshire. Their youngest husky, Ollie, is 8 months old. He will be travelling back to Scotland with them after the race. He was bred by Can-Am 250 musher, Rob Cooke and his wife, Louise. Hugh regularly competes in dryland sprint races in the UK. Compared to races in Canada and the USA, races in the UK are very short and rarely on snow, so Hugh usually races on a three-wheeled rig that looks a bit like a tricycle without a seat.
Hugh took part in his first Can-Am 30 last year, finishing 17th. He is pleased to be back again this year and really grateful to Rob and Louise Cooke for giving him the opportunity to run their Siberian huskies again.
For 16 years, Hugh has been running Siberian huskies in the UK, competing in dryland races over short distances of approximately six miles. He runs six-dog teams in the French Alps and in Scotland. He has helped organize dryland races for 11 years.