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Tok Race of Champions - dog sled race
$180 raised
4% of $5k goal
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Ended Apr 5, 2014
Tok's Race of Champions is the last dog sled race of the year in North America. Mushers from all over the world come to compete in Tok, the last place to consistently have enough snow for a good race. It costs a great deal to create and maintain ...

Tok's Race of Champions is the last  sled dog race of the year in North America. Mushers from all over the world come to compete in Tok, where we have enough snow for a good race in usually ideal conditions long after the snow is mostly gone in other easily accessible areas. Creating and maintaining safe trails for the dogs and mushers, communication equipment for checkpoints and highway crossings, heat and lights for the start, race marshall, veterinarian, marking equipment, signs, trophies, etc., is a huge challenge for a community of our size, but with your support we can ensure this activity remains top-notch.  We are pursuing many other fund raising activites; but we are a very small community with limited employment opportunities, so we are hoping for $5,000.00 from FundRazr to help with these expenses plus a purse for the winners and prizes for the kids in the Junior Race of Champions.  We'd love it if you'd join our efforts!

Our races and activities provide a safe environment where kids can learn sportsmanship, perpetuate their cultural heritage, and learn how to maintain an active lifestyle. In 2013, 45 kids from the ages of 2 to 16 participated in the Junior Race of Champions and we are looking forward to keeping those numbers growing.  The Tok Dog Mushers' Association strives to provide a healthy community activity that the whole family can participate in.

Tok Dog Mushers’ celebrates the history of dog mushing in the Upper Tanana as deeply ingrained in the tradition of Alaska Natives and the local villages. Dog Teams were once vital to transportation and the economic and social lives of Natives. The Tok Race of Champions honors its many Native Mushers who have participated in the race since its beginning. TDMA’s Race of Champions has been a local event supported by the villages of Tanacross and Tetlin for 60 years. Residents and visitors from the surrounding area, including the villages of Northway, Dot Lake, Eagle, and Mentasta, actively enjoy and participate in the race. They eagerly look forward to attending and competing as they have for generations.

Dog mushing has been a way of life in Alaska for hundreds of years. Native cultures and early settlers relied on dogs for transportation and to provide for their subsistence lifestyles. With the advent of the snow machine, the use of sled dogs has decreased dramatically over the years but the dogs still prove their reliability, joy in racing, and capabilities with an enthusiasm that no machine can match.  People began racing sled dogs for sport in the early 1900’s. Sprint mushing has a long history in our state and has enabled rural communities and Alaskan native cultures to keep the tradition of mushing alive. The 2014 Race of Champions will be the 60th running of the race in Tok.

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Perks

$250 USD
Jade Sponsor
  • 0 claimed
• Name (medium text) listed in race program
• Listed as jade sponsor on TDMA website
• Sponsorship acknowledgement during race
• Unique limited edition sponsorship gift !
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$500 USD
Bronze Sponsor
  • 0 claimed
• Business name (large text) listed in race program
• Listed as bronze sponsor on TDMA website
• Sponsorship acknowledgement during race
• Unique limited edition sponsorship gift !
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$2,000 USD
Gold Sponsor
  • 0 claimed
• Sponsorship acknowledgement during race and awards banquet
• Medium logo displayed on banner at starting line
• Medium logo displayed on TDMA website homepage
• Half page advertisement in race program
• Unique limited edition gold sponsorship plaque
• Logo displayed on 8 dog class racing bibs
• VIP race access during 8 dog class
• Photo opportunity with 8 dog class racers !
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$5,000 USD
Platinum Sponsor
  • 0 claimed
• Lodging for 2 provided for weekend of ROC
• Sponsorship acknowledgement during race and awards banquet
• Large logo displayed on banner at starting line
• Large logo displayed on TDMA website homepage
• Full page advertisement in race program
• Unique limited edition platinum sponsorship plaque
• Logo displayed on open class racing bibs
• VIP race access during open class
• Photo opportunity with open class racers !
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