FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Canadian musher is aiming for a 10th win in Maine's biggest dog sled race.

Martin Massicotte, of St. Tite, Quebec, has won the 250-mile Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown nine times. Last year, he finished an hour ahead of his closest competitor.

The race kicked off Saturday in Fort Kent.

The grueling wilderness course takes mushers to Portage Lake and then to the town of Allagash before looping back to Fort Kent by Monday morning.

Each race is different. The temperature plummeted to minus-38 during the first Can-Am Crown and then soared to 61 degrees a year later.

This year, there's no shortage of snow for the teams. Northern Maine has been walloped by more than 100 inches of the white stuff.

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