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.

Sponsorship levels

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.

Benefits include:

  • Key logo recognition on our website and in our program.
  • Large banner at the Musher’s Meet & Greet, the start line and the finish line. (The start line is important since it is normally covered live by CTV, giving you great visibility).
  • Photo ops with your representatives at the start line.
  • A framed souvenir photo.
  • Up to 8 tickets to the Musher’s Meet & Greet and the Awards Breakfast.
  • Speaking opportunity at the Musher’s Meet & Greet and the Awards Breakfast to the media, and help present the prizes.
  • We can negotiate additional benefits
  • With a multi-year commitment we can add your logo to our race bibs.

For this level we ask for a minimum $5,000 contribution.

Benefits include:

  • Logo recognition on our website and program.
  • Medium banner at the Musher’s Meet & Greet, the start line and the finish line.
  • Photo ops with your representatives at the start line.
  • Up to 4 tickets to the Musher’s Meet & Greet and the Awards Breakfast.
  • A framed souvenir photo if requested
  • You may also have an opportunity to speak to the gathered audience.

This level is reserved for media contributions.

For contributions between $1,001 and $4,999.

Benefits include:

  • A small banner at start and finish lines, and at the Awards Breakfast.
  • Logo recognition on our website and in our program.
  • Two tickets to our Musher’s Meet & Greet and the Awards breakfast.

A cash contribution of between $500 and $1,000 will get you into this category, and provides:

  • Name and logo recognition on our website and in our printed materials.

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:

  • Gill Gracie, President, 306-425-7280, email Gill: aurora(at)sasktel.net
  • Allan Sheremata, Vice President, 306-961-4139, email Allan: asheremata(at)hotmail.com