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.


North and South and North Again

Wow! What a crazy few weeks. It was hard to believe our friend Arthur was finally visiting– And good thing their #worstvacationever / #autumnassistance came when it did, because it get ATAO ready... Read More

Visitor Labor #worstvacationever

As the weather gets a little colder, finally, the list of Things to Do grows longer. What perfect timing, then, for our great friend Arthur to show up!!! I have decided to hashtag... Read More


I have mentioned here and there that there are five adult members of the ATAO team currently. You all know Hooch and Bonnie and Ophelia… Now I am super proud and excited to... Read More

Interior Autumn

Fall is more prolonged here than I remember. Actually, since I moved back to Alaska in 2013, I think I thought that about every fall. That it is more gorgeous and lengthy than... Read More