Krister Raasoch of Sullivan and his team of dogs were one of only six finishers in the Irving Woodlands Can-Am Crown International Dog Sled Race that ended Monday in Fort Kent, Maine.
The annual race covered 250 miles in northern Maine, with teams riding through harsh periods of rain, wind and near-blizzard conditions.
Only six of 23 teams finished.
Rene Marchildon, of South River, Ontario, won the race, finishing Monday at 4:08 p.m. to cap a journey that lasted 42 hours. The race started Saturday morning.
Raasoch, 29, finished sixth, crossing the line early Tuesday morning.
The 29-year-old Keene High graduate, who is from Marlborough, was competing in his first Can-Am Series race. He was using a team from Nature’s Kennel in McMillan, Mich.
Raasoch also works with sled dog tours at Sunday River in Newry, Maine. He also runs tours in Juneau, Alaska, and has done volunteer work with the Iditarod race.
Four-time Can Am Crown winner Martin Massicotte of St. Tite, Quebec, finished fourth, despite having to turn around early Monday by wind-driven snow drifts in an open field.
At one point, the snow got so deep that competitors had to walk in front of their teams.
“I was on my hands and knees crawling,” Marchildon said.