“I describe this race as the most challenging thing that anybody will ever put themselves up in front of,” said Cain’s Quest 2023 chairperson Chris Lacey, who also competed in the event in 2016.
Lacey said Thursday’s Fan Night drums up excitement for Cain’s Quest, which had been put on pause for the past few years due to COVID-19. He says the organization lost a considerable number of volunteers and staff members during the pandemic but that hasn’t put a damper on this year’s race.
Cain’s Quest takes snowmobilers on a 3,500-kilometre trek across Labrador’s tundra. He says there are 29 teams, with about 40 racers in total. Aside from bragging rights, the first place team gets $50,000, while there is a $30,000 prize for finishing second and $20,000 for third.
Lacey says the track takes around five to seven days to complete — if competitors can even make it that far.
Dustin Boyd and Sheldon Brown have participated in the past. When Brown raced in 2020, he said, he didn’t finish the track. It was a learning experience, he said, one that he hopes will help him excel this year.
Racing for loved ones
Mark says that although the race is hard, he enjoys meeting different people on the trek around Labrador, and racing in this year’s event for Jim makes the event all the more worthwhile.
“I said many times that I would stop racing, but I keep coming back because it’s a lot of fun,” said Mark. “If you finish the race, that’s a big achievement.”
Christopher Davis is originally from Labrador’s south coast but has lived in British Columbia for nearly two decades. He and his friend Kelsey Belben of L’Anse-au-Loup are racing in honour of Davis’s cousin Zachary, who died in a dirtbike accident last year.
“We’re gonna put a good, solid attempt on coming to a finish,” said Davis.
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