FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Maine's biggest dog sled race is underway. The Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown 250 kicked off Saturday in Fort Kent.

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Mushers are headed through the wilderness of northern Maine, including stops in Portage and Allagash before returning 250 miles later to the starting point.

More than a dozen teams are participating during the 25th anniversary of the race that serves as a qualifier for the Iditarod across Alaska.

The musher to beat is seven-time winner Martin Massicotte of Quebec. Organizers say conditions on the course are ideal.