Monday, 22 March 2010

16 Dog Teams now in Quaqtaq preparing for the start of Ivakkak 2010

16 Dog Teams now in Quaqtaq preparing for the start of Ivakkak 2010

Air Inuit agent escorts a dog off of the airplane. (Photo: Isabelle Dubois / Makivik)
All the Inuit dog teams registered in Ivakkak 2010 are now in Quaqtaq, a community located on the Ungava Bay coast, in Nunavik, the northernmost region of Quebec. Thirteen of the participating dog teams were flown in on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, via HS-748, courtesy of Air Inuit, the region's airline, to join the three local teams in Quaqtaq, where this 9th edition of the race will start this Monday, March 22. Coming from 7 different communities – Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Aupaluk, Quaqtaq, Kangiqsujuaq, Puvirnituq and Inukjuak– each team is lead by its master and his racing partner and composed of 8 to 12 pure-breed Inuit huskies, for a total of 182 sled dogs. On Saturday afternoon, the race officials had a meeting with the mushers, during which the racers were assigned their team numbers and given Ivakkak merchandise, such as flashlights, pocket knives, crests, etc. As part of the opening ceremonies, a feast was organized by the local Northern Village where community members prepared a variety of country foods and casseroles, cakes and other deserts. Later that evening, local and regional performers took the stage and entertained the village with a few of their own songs. Today, the racers and the support crew went shopping for food and supplies at the local Co-op store and spent the rest of the day packing up their sleds and preparing for the big day. Ivakkak 2010 is scheduled to start tomorrow morning, at 9 o'clock. Stay tuned to find out how it all plays out…
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RESULTS AS OF: Dog Teams Registered in Ivakkak 2010
Rank Racer Community Today's time (h:m:s) Total Time (h:m:s)
#1 Allen Gordon & Tommy Kooktook Kuujjuaq

#2 Etua Lucassie & Juanasi Annahatak Aupaluk

#3 Wilie Cain Jr. & Joseph Cain Tasiujaq

#4 Charlie Elijassiapik & Lizzie-Ann Kasudluak Inukjuak

#5 Peter Ittukallak & Juani Nutaraaluk Puvirnituq

#6 Juusipi Qisiiq & Paulie Qisiiq Kangiqsujuaq

#7 Novalinga Novalinga & Aibilie Moses Puvirnituq

#8 Noah Annahatak & Sandy Annahatak Kangiqsujuaq

#9 Matthew Arngak & Charlie Arngak Kangiqsujuaq

#10 Willie Kulula Sr. & Moses Tukkiapik Quaqtaq

#11 Johnny Arnatuq & Adamie Putulik Quaqtaq

#12 Junior May & Aqikki Kooktook Kuujjuaq

#14 Harry Okpik & Junior Tukkiapik Quaqtaq

#15 Peter Kiatainaq & Peter Kiatainaq Jr. Kangiqsujuaq

#16 Billy Cain & Willie Cain Jr. Jr. Tasiujaq

#17 Johnny Aakutaaq Angnatuk & Sammy Angnatuk Tasiujaq

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Our  Sponsors Air Inuit Kativik Regional Government FCNQ Makivik Corporation

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