The weekend-long event draws in mushers from New England, Canada, and beyond.
There are three races mushers could choose from: the Pepsi / Native Dog Food Can-Am 30, the Willard Jalbert Jr. Can-Am 100, and the Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown 250. Each number represents the number of miles of each course. Each race is also limited to up to 30 participants.
The 250-mile race is a qualifier for the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.
Nick Vigilante, a musher from Minnesota, said he has a team of veteran dogs but he’s new to the Can-Am race and Maine this year.
“A lot, a lot goes into it,” Vigilante said.
Vigilante is competing in the 250-mile race. The race started just after 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Teams are expected to cross the finish line early Monday morning.
Remy Leduc and Katherine Langlais, a couple from Glenwood, New Brunswick, are also competing in the 250-mile race. They said they’ve been competing in …