Mass. musher captures race

Posted Feb. 01, 2010, at 12:07 a.m.

BROWNVILLE, Maine — The first running of the Brownville-KI and Beyond 30-Mile Sled Dog race took off Saturday under cold conditions on a hard, fast trail.

The route took the 14 mushers and their teams out to Little Benson Pond and Big Benson Pond and back into Brownville.

In the open category Lev Shvarts of Massachusetts posted the winning time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 41.96 seconds, followed less than a minute later by Joe Tolley who finished in 2:12:57.49. Finishing in third place was Becki Tucker in 2:33:57.49.

Rico Portalatin, fresh off his win at the Eagle Lake Irving Woodlands-Mad Bomber Race earlier this month, won the six-dog class in a time of 2:03:01.58. Coming in second was James Wheeler in a time of 2:11:14.32 with Joan Chapman taking third place in 2:47:03.70.

In addition to the timed race, 24 novice mushers took part in varying distance training races and fun runs.

The events were part of Brownville’s annual Winter Carnival.

Open Team times

Lev Shvarts, 2:11:41.96; Joe Tolley, 2:12:57.49; Becki Tucker, 2:33:57.11; Rob Cooke 2:34:20.46; Kasey McCarty, 2:42:35.65; Terry Knowles, 2:44:32.77; Scott Alexander ,2:54:57.51; Corina Alexander 2:57:02.20; Chris Mitchell, 3:48:38.46.

Six-Dog team:

Rico Portalatin, 2:03:01.58; James Wheeler, 2:11:14.32; Joan Chapman, 2:47:03.70; Amy Dionne, 3:38:52.86 Phil Miess, 3:57:03.86.

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