Four- and two-legged athletes take to the trail in skijoring races
FORT KENT, Maine — Sunny skies and slightly milder temperatures greeted skijorers and spectators Sunday, March 5, at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center for the second day of competition.
Fran Plaisted from New Hampshire finished first in Sunday’s 6K skijoring race, in the the female one-dog group. Marie Parent of Quebec came in second. Albine Devinant, also from Quebec, took the top spot in Sunday’s 6K race in the female two-dog division.
Michael Roux of Quebec was the top finisher in male 12K one-dog skijoring race on Sunday. He was followed by Kevin Daly of Massachusetts. Niel Fisher of Old Town finished first in the men’s two-dog 12K Sunday event. Peter Franke of New Hampshire was second.
Marie-Phil Rodrigue of Quebec was the top finisher Sunday in the female single-dog 12K race. She was followed by Devinant and Laurence Saucier in second and third respectively. Plaisted came in first in the women’s double-dog 12K on Sunday, followed by Kelly McGrath.
Skijoring combines Nordic skiing and dogsledding, and has been a popular spectators’ sport in Fort Kent since it made its debut at Can-Am a few years ago. The lodge at the outdoor center was a lively mix of skijorers from throughout New England and Quebec, where the sport is very popular and competitive.
Sunday was the second day of skijoring this year, an event held in conjunction with the Can-Am Crown sled dsg races. Some mushers in the 30-mile Can-Am race take part in the skijoring events as well.
Saturday evening, competitors and their dogs raced under the lights, and much colder temperatures, at the outdoor center, in 2K and 4K skijoring races.
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