January 29, 2020
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First mushers arrive as Can-Am races roll on

FORT KENT — Lara Renner, the 13-year old from Alton, New Hampshire, was the fourth musher across the finish line Saturday, arriving at Lonesome Pine Trails shortly after 12:30 p.m. in her second 30-mile Can-Am race.

First into the finish in the 2016 Can-Am Crown Races just after noon was Nancy Rivest Duplessis of St-Zenon, Quebec, also racing the 30-mile event.

Official results will not be available until after all mushers have finished the race.

Rico Portalatin of Milo, Maine, was the first musher into the Allagash checkpoint in his bid for a third consecutive victory in the 100-mile race. Mushers in the 100-mile race are required to lay over for three hours at Allagash before turning around and racing back to Fort Kent.

The mushers support crews and fans packed the finish line at Lonesome Pine ski area, cheering each team as it cames.

The first thing each musher did was anchor the sled and go check on and praise their dogs.

Dog teams not in the races or those that finished were staged at the ski facility’s parking lot, interacting with fans and relaxing in the snow.

Renner said the trails were great when she first started at approximately 9:30 a.m., having been hardened by the subzero temperatures overnight.

However, the late morning sun had temperatures near 30 degrees, which was softening the trails by the time she neared the end, Renner said.

“If we had taken off in this soft snow, I doubt we would have had such a fast time,” she said.

The remainder of the 30-mile racers are expected to be into the finish before 4 p.m. Saturday. The first of the 100-mile racers are projected to arrive at Lonesome Pines by early evening.


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