Can-Am sled dog races kick off

10:52 AM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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FORT KENT, Maine - Dozens of sled dog teams are running through the wilds of northern Maine in the annual 21st Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Races.

More than 50 teams from as far away as Minnesota and Michigan are signed up for the three races. They begin Saturday in Fort Kent.

The Can-Am 250, now in its 20th year, begins after the shorter 30- and 60-mile races get under way. The 250-mile race can take more than two days to complete including mandatory layovers, with sleds traversing trails in the wilds of northern Maine.

The race is an Iditarod qualifier that's billed as the longest and highest-caliber race in the eastern United States. The 250-mile race has a purse of $20,000, with the winner not expected to cross the finish line in Fort Kent until Monday morning.

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