This job requires a resourceful, self-motivated person, preferably bilingual. The coordinator should be a Can-Am Crown director, or a checkpoint committee member approved by a majority of the directors. The coordinator needs to be familiar with the rules of the race and have a copy available for reference. Training in first aid and CPR is desirable.

 1. Checkpoint coordinators should meet shortly before the 250 race begins. At that time they should decide how arrival gear checks will be apportioned among the checkpoints. This apportionment shall be unknown to the mushers, but must be governed by the following CAC250 rules: “Gear will be checked upon arrival at one or more of the checkpoints. Each driver shall submit to the same number of required gear checks, but they may occur at different checkpoints.”

2. Instruct checkpoint personnel regarding checkpoint procedures.

3. Be the first to arrive at the checkpoint, preferably 18-24 hours before the start of the race. Be sure you have the box labeled for your checkpoint with you. This can be picked up at the musher’s meeting.

4. Prepare the camp by cleaning the facilities, making necessary repairs, and setting up heaters to warm up the checkpoint before the others arrive. Prepare the cooking facilities. You may not have to do all these jobs, depending on the checkpoint. Be sure you have lined up a cook or two.

5. Arrange transport of straw and mushers' supplies to the checkpoint.

6. Make bedding areas for the dog teams and make provisions for water (about 150-200 gallons). Take several covered pails to your checkpoint.

7. Remain at the checkpoint to make sure the facilities keep working.

8. Decide where teams and vehicles are to be parked

9. Act as the camp host. Assign quarters for mushers and staff. Food and quarters are limited, so please try to limit the number of volunteers present at the checkpoints. Ideally, all volunteers who are assigned to a checkpoint should actively and diligently participate in the checkpoint work.

10. While the mushers are present, help with getting water, straw and mushers' drop bags, and help handle teams in and out of the checkpoint.

11. Act as the authority in making checkpoint decisions and finding solutions to problems.

12. After all teams are gone, be sure that all trash has been picked up. Group any musher equipment that needs to return to Fort Kent in one place. Be sure used straw is disposed of. (This may be done differently at different checkpoints. Confer with camp owners or caretakers.) Water buckets, dropped dog chains, checkpoint materials boxes, and all official papers must be returned to Can-Am Central.

Checkpoint Coordinators:

Sarah Brooks

Norma Landry

Tonya Michaud

Vern Labbe