The Canadian Challenge is a distance sled dog race, the only race of its caliber held completely within Canada. We are one of the few official qualifier races for the famous Yukon Quest and Iditarod races held annually in Alaska and the Yukon.
We attract mushers from across Canada, the United States and even, on occasion, Europe. This year, even before the snow flies, we already have entries from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Quebec, and the Yukon! The 2017 race runs from Feb. 21-24, 2017, starting in Prince Albert.
The Canadian Challenge comprises three races. The 12-dog flagship race runs to La Ronge, north through bush trails to Grandmother’s Bay and Stanley Mission and back to La Ronge – a distance of 520 km. The 8-dog race runs 320 km from Prince Albert to La Ronge. The Open race, designed for mushers wanting a shorter race, runs 75 km from Prince Albert to Elk Ridge Resort, on the edge of the Prince Albert National Park.
The excitement at the start line in downtown Prince Albert is always a unique and emotional experience, as up to 20 teams of excited dogs sing their racing songs and strain against the harness waiting for the timer’s flag. As each team starts at two-minute intervals, the dogs become silent and get down to the business of racing.
The Challenge is coordinated by a volunteer board, who raise the funds, take registrations, prepare the trail, arrange checkpoint staffing and food, set up the banquets, and generally make sure the race continues year to year. We have no fixed funding, and are obliged to go to private sponsors every year to raise the required money. The board and other volunteers also fund raise through the summer.
The cash budget for the 2017 race is $60,000. We still have a long way to go to reach that level, and we are asking for your help. There are benefits, depending on the level of contribution.
We would love to count you as one of our Canadian Challenge family by contributing to the race. We have several sponsorship options:
Lead Dog (Main Sponsor), Point Dog, Wheel Dog, Team Dog, Big Dog and finally Friends of the race with a variety of benefits as follows;
If you would like to join our team as the name (Lead Dog) sponsor, we ask for a minimum contribution of $10,000.
For this level we ask for a minimum $5,000 contribution.
This level is reserved for media contributions.
For contributions between $1,001 and $4,999.
A cash contribution of between $500 and $1,000 will get you into this category, and provides:
Any person or organization contributing up to $500 is a designated Friend of the Race, and is recognized by name on our website and in our printed materials.
We also raise money through silent auctions at the Prince Albert Musher’s Meet & Greet and the La Ronge Awards Breakfast events. Any merchandise you could offer for this would be gratefully received.
Whatever the level you are able to commit to, we hope to count you among the individuals and businesses who help make this international race possible.
For more information and to discuss sponsorship, please contact: