Martin MassicotteHometown: St-Tite, Quebec, CANADA
Martin Massicottie, 51, was born and raised in St-Tite, Quebec, where he still lives. After graduation from high school, Martin then graduated from Lineman school in 1988 but at the age of 21, he decided to buy a paving company, that he owned until last spring. He has now been a paving foreman for 32 years. At the age of eight, Martin put a harness on their house dog, a St. Bernard!!! Then one day he saw a team of several dogs and realized then that he wanted to harness more dogs. As a teenager, he was doing sprint races and it was only in 1996 that he actually started doing long distance races, racing from 60 miles to the Labrador 400 in the same year. He says he climbed the ladder and started winning the Can-Am Crown 250 in 1998. In 2019, he won it for the 10th time, six in a row. He did the race circuit in Northeastern America but in 2003, he realized one of his dreams by running the Yukon Quest and placing sixth. He won the 220 mile Hudson Bay Quest in Manitoba twice and place 2nd in the UP 200 in Michigan several times. When he saw a video of the Iditarod, at that moment he started dreaming of bringing his sled dogs to such an athletic level to be able to run that famous race the right way. “What I like most about dog sledding is to be in the nature, discover new territories and especially to listen to my dogs and to see that we’re an amazing team between human and the beast. Martin and his wife, Marie-Josée Dulong are the parents of two adult children, Mélodie, 21 and Etienne, 18. Martin lists his hobbies as hiking and indoor training.