- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - More than a dozen sled dog teams are taking part a grueling, 250-mile race across the wilderness of northern Maine.

The Can-Am Crown began Saturday with mushers departing from downtown in Fort Kent, en route to the town of Portage and to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway before reaching the town of Allagash and looping back to Fort Kent.

Spokesman Beurmond Banville says conditions are ideal, so he’s expecting a fast pace. Even with mandatory stops, the winner is expected to cross the finish line either late Sunday or early on Monday.

Participants include the winner of the last two races, Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minn., along with three-time winner Don Hibbs of Millinocket, Maine, four-time winner Martin Masicotte of St. Tite, Quebec, and past winner Bruce Langmaid of Blackstock, Ontario.

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