FORT KENT (AP) – A Quebec musher won the 250-mile Can-Am Crown on Monday, tying the record of four victories in the race.

Martin Massicotte, of St. Tite, Quebec, crossed the finish line in Fort Kent at 1:30 p.m., followed six minutes later by Andre Longchamps of Pont Rouge, Quebec. The 2006 winner, Matt Carstens of Whitefield, N.H., came in third.

Massicotte’s victory in a time of 35:32:24 allowed him to tie Andrew Nadeau, the only other four-time Can-Am winner.

Three-time winner Don Tibbs of Millinocket, Maine, was left to try again next year. He finished in fourth place.

The dog sled race across the wilderness of northern Maine kicked off Saturday with thousands of spectators at the start line in Fort Kent.

Police Chief Kenneth Michaud said it was the largest crowd he had seen in the 16 years of the race.

Mushers competed in difficult conditions, including a snowstorm that slowed progress with a foot of fresh snow on Saturday, said race marshal Georges Theriault of Ontario. Temperatures also dipped to 10 to 15 degrees below in some locations, he said.

All told, 81 teams were competing for $40,000 in cash prizes in the 250-miler and two shorter races held over the weekend.


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