FORT KENT — Despite warm weather, New Hampshire musher Matt Carstens set a blazing pace to win Maine’s 250-mile Can-Am Crown dog sled race for the third time.

Carstens crossed the finish line in Fort Kent around 3:15 a.m. Monday, 15 minutes ahead of Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minn. Nathan Schroeder of Chisholm, Minn., took third.

The race takes the dogsled teams across the wilderness of northern Maine, and the mushers kept a swift pace despite less-than-ideal weather, with temperatures reaching the mid-40s.

Race officials said trail conditions held up. Carstens finished the final 43.7-mile leg from Allagash in under five hours. His race time was 26 hours, 3 minutes, 30 seconds.

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