FORT KENT, M.E. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Stretching across 250 miles of tundra and wilderness in northern Maine, the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race returned from a COVID-19 hiatus.
Mushers crossed state and country lines to get to the race, as there were many from New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and several Canadian provinces. The Can-Am Crown 250 began at Fort Kent, passing Portage Lake and the town of Allagash, where racers circled back.
According to the Can-Am Crown's website, the reward for the winners of the expert race will get to claim their share of a $29,000 purse.
Apart from the Crown 250, 100, and 30 miles races on the east coast, the Iditarod, the annual 1,000 miles sled dog race in Alaska, also began with a ceremonial start to celebrate its 50th year anniversary. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race kicked off Saturday and had dogs pulling sleds from Anchorage to Nome.
Though the Iditarod had to start from a secluded spot north of Anchorage last year, the crowds returned for the race's return, cheering for the dogs and mushers as they pushed off.