Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 7 : Winter 2011 - Page 46

the local favorite, John Kaleta, from Eagle Lake. Veteran musher Georges Theriault of Sarsfield, Ontario, an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, acted as race marshal. In answer to a question about headlamps, Georges said “If you want to hold a flashlight for 250 miles, that’s up to you!” That first year, Scott Johnson was chief veterinarian, and Joan Kassof, Nick Pesut, and Eric Hunter were the trail vets. In later years, the race has became so popular among the veterinarians that we regularly have ten or more veterinarians anxious to volunteer. Several have come from Ontario, one flies here from British Columbia, and two make the trip from Colorado. We have also had veterinarians from Quebec, Washington, Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, and, of course, Maine and New Hampshire. Weather conditions became very severe during the first 250-mile race. Beginning with a relatively mild te \\