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
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!!