• Adventure. Truth. Accountability. Onward.

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.

ATAO Summer Projects

$636 of $10,000 raised

Over the summer, we have a lot of projects– All tailored towards making next year’s racing season a success. We need to have our funds in order by September 1st, when we purchase kibble and meat, pay race entry fees, and get new race equipment. Through the summer we hope to:

  • Build new houses for each dog!
  • Buy new harnesses, specifically fitted for the whole team
  • Raise $ for kibble, meat, straw, and booties for the 2019/2020 season
  • Save our entry fees for this year’s races: the Copper Basin 300 and the Yukon Quest 300

Our summer fundraising goal is $10,000– This will set us up for two kickass mid distance races.

If you want to make a monthly contribution to the journey, check out our Patreon page! There you can join the ATAO team and get access to extra content, too.

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ATAO Blog

The Wild Skagway Adventure
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Bright and early on the morning of May 1st, Sarah and I loaded up most of the ATAO team: Rey, Rebel, Rogue, Sundance, Cassidy, Furiosa, Egret, Aurora, Belle, Nala, and Sarah’s Mad Max,... Read More

Buddies, Puppies, and People! Oh My!
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The end of April marks the official “end of the season.” On May 1st, we’ll be driving 9 of the ATAO teammates, 2 Dream Catcher Sled Dogs (Sarah’s friends!), and 19 dogs from... Read More

Ophelia is Pregnant!!!
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Ophelia is getting wider by the day! In case you didn’t know, this spring (during Iditarod time!) we bred Ophelia to a neighboring heckuva leader named Brock. Both Ophelia and Brock are BIG... Read More

New Recruits!
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Pretty exciting news… Today we added two more faces to the ATAO team. You may recall that Max and R2 will be leaving the race team for bigger and betterment pursuits- Max will... Read More