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2022 Race Results

Can-Am 100 - Wow what a fun trail yesterday and last night!! Team did remarkable and pulled their hearts out! Temps stayed cool enough for our sibes and they just kept a nice steady pace the whole race. Team rested and snacked very well at the checkpoint. Had to drop Trouble at the checkpoint due to falling in a hole and hurting his right shoulder. So proud of Taos and Streak leading the whole run!! Streak has come a very long way this season! Ran into fresh tracks of a moose on the trail last night coming back to Fort Kent.. and Streaks new thing is to bark while running when he knows moose are around.. talk about making me a bit nervous, luckily no encounter and I saw where the big animal had left the trail! The last 10 miles was fun and twisty in spots but very chewed up from other teams ahead of us.. we slowed down immensely and walked through those sections to try and avoid injuries! Made it in less than 10 hrs! Our best time yet! And only 2 veterans on this team! 9th out of 16 teams! The rest have never done and finished this race!! So very proud of this team! They were rockstars!!
Thanks to my 2 rocking handlers!!! They were so helpful! Carol Lee Durant & Cecile Willett.
And again thank you Asa Taylor for taking care of everything at home!

Kasey's Team - Taos, Streak, Amp, Dyna, Jett, Trouble, Turbo, Rebel, Volt, Coal



GREENVILLE 30 - 36 hours before the race we got a pretty significant snow storm that continued on until just hours before the start. A total of 18 inches of snow accumulated.  The trail was very soft going and this course is extremely challenging with the amount of up hills there are. We entered 2 teams in this race. I had Taos and Streak in lead with Amp and Jett, Turbo and Hydro, and Volt and Coal in wheel.  My friend Cecile Willett raced the second team and she had Rebel and Edda in lead with Layla and Dyna behind them and  Hinder and Trouble and Drake and Timberjack in wheel. 

The course was approximately 35 miles and was a nice long loop. We didn't do any head on passes but some teams did depending on where they were in the line up. We did do some passing and all the teams were well mannered and made passing easy.  The last 10 to 12 miles to the finish line the snowmobile traffic was absurd! There were so many machines and the corners were sharp and the hills were steep. I would here them coming and I would make sure we were in a safe spot and almost every time stop to make sure we didn't have any encounters. Made for the last 10 miles a long run. But safety first! Luckily all ended well! I couldn't help but think about Cecile and how she was doing on the trail but I kept calming myself down as I knew she had Rebel and Edda in lead and they are 2 awesome veteran race leaders. We crossed the finish line in 5th place out of 14 teams with a time of 4 hours and 54 minutes. Cecile came in 9th with a time of 5 hrs and 41 minutes! We both placed top 10! Amazing! So proud of these dogs and how they rocked those conditions! And very proud of Cecile in her first race!! Definitely was a fun weekend and event and plan to attend this race again!! 




2021 Race Results

Bradford ME Sprint Race -1st, 2nd and 3rd place today out of 9 teams in our class!!! We had a fun time at the Bradford sprint race! Well planned race with plenty of trail help! Trail was quite technical and hard and fast! Made for a scary ride the first trip out! Definitely better driving the second loop around. Good job Carol for coming into 2nd and Veronica Jones for coming into 3rd!! Very proud of our siberians and drivers!! Thank you to Asa for all the help as always at the races and in the kennel. And thank you to everyone that came and rooted for us and helped us to the line!

Kasey's Team - Taos, Hinder, Jett, Hydro, Amp & Volt
Carol's Team - Edda, Rebel, Dyna, Meadow, Streak & Trouble
Veronica's Team - Ace, Drake, Throttle, Timberjack, Layla & Coal



2019 Race Results

Can-Am 100 - Going to this race was a last minute decision. Being sick with a very bad sinus infection/head cold for the last 2 1/2 weeks and anything I did I got winded. Anyhow after running the team and seeing how strong they looked on Thursday I said well if they can do it we should atleast give it a go. After all this event only happens once a year and we have been training all year for this event.
The run to the checkpoint was for the most part uneventful, except for the moose on the side of the trail. Photos to follow. Stay tuned. It was a bit warmer than we would of liked but I put on the sun jackets my mother made on the 3 darkest dogs and I just kept helping the team as much as I could. Which quite frankly wasn't much at all. The only thing I could do was pole, but on a trail this hilly that benefits very little. It was so sunny on the trail and I actually thought it was going to be cloudy. Being on doxycycline for this sinus issue, being In the sun was a bad idea without sunscreen. Let's just say I may have some interesting new racing strips on my face. And it was burning by the time we arrived at the checkpoint. We pulled into the checkpoint and team was HOT. Everyone did snack immediately while made me very happy. I was worried some of my guys than run warmer may not. But they all ate and drank great! When the vets approached I had them check over a couple of dogs that I wasn't quite sure on but Hinder, Ace and Jett and got a check mart. Kaltag didn't pull for the last 15 miles in, so I decided to drop him. Couldn't find anything wrong with him and he was super perky today. But I didnt want to risk him being too tired and getting injured. Team rested well for 3 hours and once it became our time to leave they were ready that we even went sideways across the road.
The second run was much better, colder and firmer trail. Again nothing all that eventful on the way back except it was great to be out there with them enjoying another great Can Am trail, sick or not. Dogs had fun and therefore I had fun watching them! The last 10 miles clipped by pretty quickly and we cruised right into the finish. Hinder lead the whole race and saved my butt on two tricky turns that had plowed road. Ace lead for about half the race and he is always a steady leader. I also put young Taos in lead off and on throughout the race and he did phenomenal. He led half the race as well. That boy is going to be something special. The whole team worked their butts off, I am very impressed with them all. We came in 15th place. And received the red lantern award. Which than I gave to really good friend Gino Roussel because he was really missing being out on this trail!
I want to thank everyone that puts this race on from organizers to volunteers! Definitely a class act race! It was nice to see all our musher friends on and off trail again!
And a big thank you to my 2 handlers mom Aka Carol Lee Durant and my other half Asa Taylor! As well as all the people that helped handle the dogs at the start and finish. A big thank you!
Cant wait for next year!!



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