Quebec woman wins Can-Am 60-mile sled dog race; Minnesota musher leads 250

Veterinarian Jackie Piepcorn (right) and veterinary student Kathryn Moore give IV fluids to a dog at the Rocky Brook checkpoint during the CAN-AM Crown 250-mile race on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The pink markings on the head mean the dog was dropped from a team. This dog was dropped from Jaye Foucher's team because of exhaustion.
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Veterinarian Jackie Piepcorn (right) and veterinary student Kathryn Moore give IV fluids to a dog at the Rocky Brook checkpoint during the CAN-AM Crown 250-mile race on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The pink markings on the head mean the dog was dropped from a team. This dog was dropped from Jaye Foucher's team because of exhaustion. Buy Photo
Posted March 03, 2013, at 10:02 p.m.

FORT KENT — A Quebec woman guided her team to a first-place finish in the Willard Jalbert Jr. Can-Am 60-mile sled dog race Saturday.

Manon Moore of St-Gabriel de Brandon, Quebec, finished first with a time of 6 hours, 52 minutes, edging out another competitor from the same town, Sylvain Robillard, who finished in 6:53:23.

Another musher from Quebec, Eric Chagnon of Parent, finished third in 7:18:53. Scott Johnson of New York (7:53:14) and Jessica Holmes of Portage (8:14:42) rounded out the top five in the field of 12 competitors.

Earlier in the day, Rico Portalatin of Westhampton, Mass., captured first place in the Pepsi Bottling of Aroostook/Allen’s Coffee Brandy Can-Am 30-mile sled dog race.

Portalatin enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory over second-place finisher Amy Dionne of St. David, who finished in 3:07:56. Peter Franke of New Durham, N.H. (3:22:46), Bailey Vitello of Brookfield, Mass. (3:28:07) and Frederick Hibbs of Millinocket (3:29:55) rounded out the top five in a field of 23 competitors.

Meanwhile, defending champion Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minn., maintained his lead in the Can-Am Crown 250-mile race after completing four legs of the race and with the final 42.4-mile leg remaining.

The leaders are expected to cross the finish line in Fort Kent Monday morning.

Anderson posted a time of 7:09:31 in the first leg of 65.7 miles, followed by times of 5:02:46 (46.3 miles), 3:39:14 (31.3 miles) and 6:11:42 (51 miles) to maintain his lead over Denis Tremblay of St-Michel des Saints, Quebec, and Laura Daugereau of Port Gamble, Wash.

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/03/03/sports/quebec-woman-wins-can-am-60-mile-sled-dog-race-minnesota-musher-leads-250/ printed on December 17, 2014