Thirty teams sign on for Cain's Quest extreme snowmobile race

Published on January 20, 2014
Makkovik and Nunatsiavut’s Perry Dyson and Lewis McNeill are raring to go at the start line in Labrador City for Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race.
Transcontinental file photo

Thirty teams of two are registered to brave 3,300 kilometres of Labrador’s wilderness during the 2014 Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race, set to start in Labrador West March 1.

Cain’s Quest Inc. made the announcement today.

Teams are representing the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. 

A news release notes some of the participants will embark on the race with relatives, while others are friends who share a passion for extreme snowmobiling.

“We also have quite a few veteran racers who are keen to try the new route into Southern Labrador and some new teams who have never snowmobiled in Labrador before,” said Todd Kent, chairman of Cain’s Quest.

Cain's Quest is described as a high energy race that will push racers and their snowmobiles to the limit as they travel through rough, ungroomed terrain while dealing with extreme temperatures, which has been known to dip as low as -40 C that time of year.

“The 20 checkpoint route is no doubt demanding,” Kent said. “But it will offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.”

It is expected the route will take five to six days to complete. Teams will be equipped with satellite trackers so that fans can track them online as the race progresses.

A big celebration is being planned for teams upon their return to Labrador West, which includes a ceremony and concert headlined by Canadian classic rock icons, the Stampeders, on March 8. Tickets for the dinner and concert will are available to purchase as of mid-January.

“The Stampeders will be a great finish to the week,” Kent said.

Cain’s Quest is managed by Cain’s Quest Inc., a volunteer-run, non-profit organization.