The Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race is action-packed every year. These photos showcase the energy and excitement of the last few years’ races.

The festivities will kick off Friday, bringing thousands of spectators together in Fort Kent to cheer on mushers in the 30-, 100- and 250-mile races. Fans who can’t make it to the competition in Aroostook can livestream the event for the first time thanks to WFKTV Channel 4.

Here are two unbelievable stories from last year to get you ready for the race:

Teen shoots and kills rampaging moose while training

Sled dog finds way home after being struck by truck in Alaska