1. Organize and direct work on the Can-Am Crown race trails.

2. Contact all trail section coordinators to discuss their trail problems.

3. Chair the Trail Committee to review previous trails for problems and to explore and map new trail possibilities.

4. Contact all landowners to confirm use of land for next year’s race. Address landowner concerns. Contact North Maine Woods (Al Cooperthwaite) and arrange November landowners meeting at Dean’s in Portage. Contact all trail section coordinators and inform of time and place of meeting.

5. Contact Irving Woodlands: Confirm 20-mile training loop access and request new or proposed road maps.

6. Map snowmobile trails and road sections which are to be plowed or are otherwise unuseable as race trails.

7. Map race course, then re-contact landowners to confirm.

8. Contact Fort Kent Ski-Doo in October or November to obtain loaner snowmobile. Insure and take possession of snowmobile on January 1st.

9. Keep in weekly contact with all trail personnel. Jim Dumond (Portage), Dave Allen (Maibec), Tylor Kelley (Allagash). Deliver signs where requested.

10. Travel to all checkpoints to confirm organization. Talk with checkpoint owners for input and suggestions.

11. Talk to mushers about their trail problems and how to improve the trail.

12. Assign personnel to perform the following jobs and check to see that all work is properly completed.

a. Week prior to race: All road crossing signs are to be delivered to Portage, Maibec, and Allagash.

b. Set up all Fort Kent road signs on the Thursday before the race. Village Road, snowmobile intersections, Violette Settlement Road, St. John Road, Lincoln Trail, Dickwood Trail, Carter Brook, Wheelock/Black Lake

c. Place Dog Race signs on snowmobile trails on Friday.

d. Saturday (day of race): Check all trails. Arrange to have someone groom the trail Saturday morning. After racers leave Fort Kent, turn signs if necessary. Sign the ski slope for the finish (signs have often been inadequate there). See that the finish chute is properly set up and signed.

e. Be sure that crossing guards are stationed at critical road and snowmobile trail crossings. Security?

f. Be on the trails, especially right after the start. All finish trails into Fort Kent must be checked, especially by the sewer plant and X-country ski trails. Groom Saturday night and Sunday and possibly on Monday before the mushers arrive at the finish. Don’t assume the trail is OK, because the unexpected always happens.

g. Sunday: Travel to Allagash with signs and drags (usually by trailer. Have drivers return trucks to Fort Kent.) Snowmobile from Two Rivers with signs, sleds, and drags to clean up the final leg to Fort Kent. (Trees may have fallen, bridges collapsed, signs missing, etc.) Need 2 or 3 snowmobiles to do the last leg on Sunday from 3pm to 10pm.

h. Sunday night into Monday morning: Hang around Can-Am Central and handle problems arising about trails. Problems always arise! Pick up equipment. Fields in Wallagrass may require attention.

i. X-country trails to ski slope must be checked on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Signs are sometimes displaced in this area.

j. Tuesday: Begin to assemble signs now being dropped at home, ski slope, and Key Bank. Make sure all ski slope signs are picked up, garbage is picked up, and all trail related issues are finalized.

k. Tuesday night: Banquet. Park sweep snowmobile at ski slope. Take care of all trail signs being brought in at the slope.

l. Thursday night into Friday: Race duties should be wrapped up. Return borrowed snowmobiles to dealers.(Make sure they’re clean and in good shape.)

Trail Boss:
Dennis Cyr