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25 years of Can-Am sled dog event memories come racing back

FORT KENT, Maine — For 25 years, teams of mushers and their dogs have been traveling to northern Maine to take part in what some fondly refer to as “The Iditarod of the East”: the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races.

Over the years, scores of mushers and hundreds of dogs supported by an army of volunteers have logged thousands of miles through the north Maine woods, cementing the area’s reputation as a mushing mecca.

The event marks its 25th anniversary with the running of the 60-, 100- and 250-mile races beginning Saturday, March 4.

A quarter-century of racing has produced a lot of stories, tall tales and memories. As the Can-Am prepares to enter its next 25 years, I’d like to offer my own Can-Am Crown top 25 memories — in no particular order:

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