ATAO Kennel is the distance and mid-distance racing sled dog kennel of Mari Troshynski in Fairbanks, Alaska. Our goal is to keep a small kennel of happy, heathy teammates who get to do what they love most of all: run. Along the way, we aim to compete in the premier Alaskan and Yukon sled dog races such as the Iditarod and Yukon Quest.

ATAO is also part of a bigger project to take an honest look at accomplishing your dreams while struggling with depression. ATAO Adventure is Mari’s blog about mushing, boxing, and running to cope with mental illness.


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Watching ATAO kennel be built on its own foundation, with meticulous care is a great privilege. A year and a half ago, I knew next to nothing about the entirety of who Mari... Read More

About Pride and Health

This November was tough on my mental health, and it’s also forced me to look at myself and my kennel setup in a whole new light. I have given lip service to the... Read More

Adventures in Mushing

My little six dog team blows me away. They are strong and coordinated. I use an eight dog string and to be honest, so they look almost like a “normal” team,  and they... Read More


November has come and gone. I have to apologize, because I’ve been a bit quiet on this end. The truth is, I’ve been struggling. I don’t want to sound negative all the time…... Read More