We know it’s been awhile, however due to some website issues, we were unable to post this video of the 2019 HBQ winner Martin Massicotte being lifted by the other Hudson Bay Quest mushers in Churchill. What a tremendous race and return to the tundra of an amazing northern event!
Canadian Rangers are a big reason for the success of the Hudson Bay Quest. Vivid Arctic Photography photo.
Traditional raising the sled of the HBQ winner. Martin Massicotte, this year’s winner, broke the HBQ record! Vivid Arctic Photography photo.
Martin Massicotte accepts the first place award for the 2019 Hudson Bay Quest. Vivid Arctic Photography.
Canadian Ranger volunteers congratulated for a job well done. Vivid Arctic Photography photo.
The 2019 Hudson Bay Quest results are official. What an amazing return to glory for one of the most thrilling dog sled races in North America! Churchill had an amazing energy upon the arrival of the teams into the frontier town on the Hudson Bay. Here are the closing remarks from the HBQ officials this past week:
“Well, that’s a wrap! The last musher “Ed the sled” came across the finish line at 2.49am yesterday morning taking home the red lantern. Last night we celebrated another successful Hudson Bay Quest with a banquet in Churchill. Thank you to all of the mushers, organizers, veterinarians, volunteers and sponsors that made it all happen. Congratulations to Martin Massicotte who not only came first but broke the record for the fastest HBQ finish by over 3 hours! Also, a huge congratulations and thank you to all of the mushers that came to race this year. It was awesome meeting you all and I had a great time taking photos of you and your amazing dogs.”
Here are the 2019 Hudson Bay Quest results!
-1st Martin Massicotte (HBQ Record breaker)
-2nd Denis Tremblay
-3rd Blake Freking
-4th Peter McClelland
-5th Jacob Leingang (Winner of the Vet Choice Award for best cared for dog team)
-6th Shawn McCarty
-7th David Paul Daley (Winner of the Sportsmanship Award)
-8th Kevin Malikowski
-9th Ed Obrecht (Took home the Red Lantern)
Hudson Bay Quest finish line in Churchill. Vivid Arctic Photography photo.
We cannot wait for the 2020 HBQ…it should be even bigger and better than this one!
Sled – dogs in Churchill only have seven more months until the start of the annual Hudson Bay Quest! This year’s race will start in Churchill and end in Gillam as the course direction alternates each year. This year should be another thrilling race as last year’s champion Martin Massicotte will try to defend his title! Churchill is an amazing place to visit in March not only for the Hudson Bay Quest but to see the mystical northern lights as well!
Hudson Bay Quest dog eager to run. Laurie Dingwall photo.
The 12th Annual Hudson Bay Quest was a resounding success. Martin Massicotte has been crowned this year’s winner and the official results are as follows:
1st Martin Massicotte
2nd Denis Tremblay
3rd Ryan Anderson
4th Peter McClelland
5th Jennifer Freking
6th Jesse Terry
7th Shawn McCarty
8th Blake Freking
9th Dan DiMuzio
10th David Daley
11th Justin Allen
DNF Charlie Lundie
DNF Tom Terry
Here’s a video by Katie DeMeulles of Team Wapusk and musher Dave Daley finishing off the race. Justin Allen and his team are also in the footage. Enjoy!
All the gee’s and haw’s have drifted across the tundra upwards to the northern lights have ceased for another year as the 2015 Hudson Bay Quest has finished in Churchill. This year’s champion is Martin Massicotte from Trois Rivieres, Quebec.
2015 Hudson Bay Quest champion Martin Massicotte. Courtesy Hudson Bay Quest.
Martin runs a paving contracting business in Quebec and dreamed of being a dog musher since age eight when he trained the family St. Bernard. In 2003 martin placed 6th in the Yukon Quest, a race that runs 1000 miles from Yukon to Alaska. He has aspired to run the Hudson Bay Quest and the Iditarod in a few years. he can now check off the Quest in a big way…with a first place prize and trophy!
His passion for the sport of dog mushing is summed up succinctly by this quote: “In leisure time, I run dogs, I think about dogs and I talk about dogs!!!”
Congratulations to Martin and all the other hearty mushers that competed in this year’s race. See you all next year!
2015 Hudson Bay Quest winner Martin Massicotte. Courtesy Hudson Bay Quest.
Canadian Rangers from the Lamprey checkpoint won best checkpoint. Courtesy Hudson Bay Quest.
2015 Hudson Bay Quest mushers. Courtesy Hudson Bay Quest.