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Defending champs take home the cup

L to R: Team 6, Aipilie Qumaluk (p), Aisa Surusilak (m), second place; Team 4, Willie Cain (m), Ken Labbe (p), first place; Team 1, Janimarik Beaulne (m), and Peter Angutik Novalinga (p), 3rd place. M stands for Musher. P stands for Partner. © Makivik Corporation

The annual Ivakkak husky dog race took off February 25, 2020 from Kangirsuk, Nunavik. The route continued through Nuluartalik, Qasigiar- siuvik, Kuujjuaq, Tunullik and Kangiqsualujjuaq, finishing March 7 after approximately 478 km. The closing ceremony was held March 8 in the Kangiqsualujjuaq community gym.

Team #4, Willie Cain and Ken Labbe (defending champions from Tasiujaq) won the race with a time of 43:11:33. The Race was close with Teams 6 and 1, both Teams from Puvirnituq, coming in second and third place respectively, with times of 43:21:52 and 43:22:38.

Race officials and participants were sad- dened this year when the race was stopped approximately an hour after it started due to the unfortunate death of one of the participants. The musher who passed away was 24-year-old Willia Qullialuk (Team 7) of Kangiqsujuaq, who was originally from Akulivik. Partner for the race Sandy Jaaka continued the race in honour of his former teammate but did not place in the top three winners.

Congratulations to all winners and participants.