- Associated Press - Friday, February 28, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - More than a dozen sled dog teams are gearing up for a 250-mile race across the wilderness of northern Maine that serves as a qualifier for the grueling Iditarod across Alaska.

Participants in this year’s Can-Am Crown include the winner of the last two races, Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minn., along with three-time winner Don Hibbs of Millinocket, Maine, and four-time winner Martin Masicotte of St. Tite, Quebec,

The race begins Saturday in downtown in Fort Kent and continues to Allagash before looping back to Fort Kent.

Spokesman Beurmond Banville expects a fast race with the winner crossing the finish line late Sunday or early Monday. Winners of the 250-mile race, along with shorter 30- and 60-mile races, will share in $40,000.

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