Go­ing in with one goal

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BYDANIELLEHIGDON ALI­CIA EL­SON

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.

Penal­ties is­sued

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

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