Going in with one goal
Cain's Quest proved the ultimate challenge for adventure-seekers in Labrador again this year.
As of press time, 14 of 35 teams had scratched from the race, and the field remaining were spread over 10 hours.
Results are available at www.cainsquest.com.
Two teams were issued 45-minute penalties due to interference with SPOT trackers, the device each team carries to allow race organizers to locate participants via satellite.
A press release issued by the race organizers said the penalties were issued based on evidence the tracking functions were de-activated at key points in the race.
"After reviewing the tracking patterns and discussing questionable interruptions along the route, the Cain’s Quest Race Marshall has issued Teams 22 (Gardner/milley) and 25 (Aucoin/girard) a time penalty of 45 minutes each for breaches of rule 4.4 section 15 “Any attempts to disconnect these locators or obstruct the signal will result in a penalty or disqualification”," stated a press release.
Both teams were the first to arrive in Kuujjuaq for the final layover, but the time penalty meant Team 31 (Lessard/hall) were first to head out on the final leg.
Aiming to finish
Canada’s longest endurance snowmobile race, pushes both participants and their machines to the extremes.
On Mar. 17, participant’s months of preparation finally were put to the test as they sped off from the starting line and began their 2800 km journey.
Jean-guy Aucoin, pictured above, of Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, and his partner Steve Girard, of Chibougamau, Quebec, were the first team to cross the finish line of Cain's Quest 2012. Mr. Aucoin says that after five years of participating in the race, it feels good to finally come out on top. For more photos visit www.thelabradorian.ca