Cain’s Quest Inc. has announced a roster of 30 teams of two who will brave 3,300 kilometers (2,050 miles) of Labrador’s wilderness during the 2014 Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race, set to start in Labrador West on March 1.
Teams are representing the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. Some are embarking on this race with relatives while many 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,” says Todd Kent, chair of Cain’s Quest.
This high energy race will push both 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 degrees Celsius that time of year.
“The 20 checkpoint route is no doubt demanding,” says Kent. “But it will offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.”
It is expected that the route will take five to six days to complete. Teams will be equipped with satellite trackers so that fans can track them on-line 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 the Stampeders on March 8. The group is best known for hit songs like “Sweet City Woman” and “Hit the Road Jack.” Tickets for the dinner and concert will be available to purchase by mid-January.
“The Stampeders will be a great finish to the week,” says Kent. Cain’s Quest is the world’s toughest and longest snowmobile endurance race. It is an incredible off-trail riding adventure where teams of two battle in an all-out race through deep snow and thick wooded areas in some of the most remote parts of Labrador. The race is managed by Cain’s Quest Inc., a volunteer-run, non-profit organization.
Visit CainsQuest.com for more information.