A champion has been crowned in the eight-dog portion of the Canadian Challenge Sled Dog Race in northern Saskatchewan.

Grande Prairie Alberta’s Connor McMahon came across the finish line first on Wednesday in La Ronge.

“Just about everything was going well for my team,” said McMahon. “All of the dogs are super happy and eating well, sleeping well – which just resulted in us moving down a very nice trail at a very nice rate. It was a beautiful run, don’t have a bad thing to say about anything out there.”

McMahon, 28, says he had a good feeling about his group.

“You never know really what to expect from the other teams,” said McMahon. “I definitely had the sense that my dogs were happy and ready to perform, and we were going to have a good run.”

Anna Bolvin finished second in the eight-dog race.

Meanwhile, the 12-dog portion of the Canadian Challenge is still going and Aaron Peck was leading the way as of Thursday morning.

To track up-to-date results, you can visits the event’s website.

(PHOTO: Connor McMahon. Photo courtesy of Canadian Challenge, Jim Williams.)