To All Applicants:
Welcome to our 25th year of Can-Am Crown sled dog races. The races will be held March 4 - March 7, 2017. We will be hosting three races with a total purse of $43,000: a 30-mile race, a 100-mile race, and the well-known 250-mile race. The 250-mile race is a qualifier for the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.
In order to preserve the high quality of the racing experience at Can-Am Crown, each race will be limited to 30 participants. Bib numbers are assigned according to the Rules.
Applicants will not be considered registered until Can-Am Crown receives the entry form, the musher profile, and the race entry fee. Sending an incomplete packet will result in a slower registration process and possible inability to enter the race because of the cap on entries.
Please refer to the race rules and entry form for further information or feel free to contact one of the Can-Am Crown Directors
As always, we continue to improve our races. With the support of hundreds of volunteers, we strive to provide participants with a professional and safe race. We welcome your suggestions and comments. Each year we incorporate feedback from mushers, handlers, volunteers, and race organizations to improve the Can-Am experience.
There is abundant commercial lodging in the area, but when there is a need, our hospitality committee can find households to accommodate drivers and their teams. Please let us know at least two weeks before the race if you prefer to stay with a host family.
In our 25th great year we continue with our traditional Canadian-American experience, with mushers and spectators from throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries. If you have any questions or special needs or concerns, then please feel free to contact us.
Thank you for your interest in the Can-Am Crown sled dog races, and we hope to see you in March!
Can-Am Crown Board of Directors
247 Pleasant Street
Fort Kent, ME 04743
Tel: (207) 834-5580
436 Frenchville Road
Fort Kent, ME 04743
We invite you to a rare place where you can witness the most challenging sled dog race in the eastern United States. We have organized high quality racing events designed for the enjoyment of mushers, spectators, and dog teams. All three Can-Am Crown races (the 250, 100, and 30 mile races) now have highly accessible starts on Fort Kent's Main Street and comfortably viewed finishes at Lonesome Pine ski lodge in Fort Kent. The Can-Am Crown 250 also has designated spectator points in the towns of Portage Lake and Allagash. For logistic and safety reasons, checkpoints west of Portage Lake and south of Allagash are closed to the public. Racing events in Fort Kent are planned to have maximum accessibility and visibility. There are no fees to view the races. Bring your camera!
Relax! As you visit our friendly towns along the way, you may want to pause for refreshment and talk with the local folks. Enjoy the easy pace of life and the helpful and friendly people. You'll find everything you need for a uniquely enjoyable experience.
Leave the World Behind
At some point in your travels you will realize that you have left the ordinary world behind. Watch out for moose! You are in north country now. When you get to Fort Kent you may begin to feel exhilarated by the beautiful scenery, the camaraderie of the people, the eagerness of the dog teams, and the anticipation of the imminent adventure.
At 250 miles, Maine's Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race is the longest and highest caliber race in the eastern United States. For the men and women who challenge themselves and their teams of dogs, it represents great adventure, accomplishments and reward. It is a course for experts and those moving up in the exciting sport of sled dog racing, with winners claiming their share of a $29,000 purse!
The Upper St. John Valley is a classic setting for the CAN-AM CROWN 250. The race course runs deep into the famous Allagash Wilderness region, a setting which embodies much of Maine's heritage and natural splendor.
Highlighting your visit to the St. John Valley, the Can-Am Crown organization arranges a festive dinner and awards ceremony after each racing event. Dress casually.
Remember, all children love dogs, but not all dogs love children. Please don't allow children to approach the sled dog teams. Spectators must not take pets to the race sites. This is absolutely forbidden. Bring extra warm clothing just in case. Have fun!