Mari Troshynski

Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

Join host Robert Forto as he welcomes Mari Troshynski to Mushing Radio.


Mari Troshynski started mushing dogs at 15 with Martin Buser at Happy Trails Kennel. She ran her first race— the Jr. Iditarod— in 2001, and has been mushing ever since. She has handled for a wide range of mushers all over the state. She has run eight mid distance races, placing 13th in the Copper Basin 300 and 8th in the Northern Lights 300. In 2017 she officially started her own kennel, ATAO Kennel, in Two Rivers, Alaska. ATAO stands for Adventure, Truth, Accountability, Onward. Mari keeps a small kennel. She believes that with enough time, love, and investment, each dog can bloom to his or her full potential. Mari’s first priority is a happy pack of dogs who know they are home at ATAO. ATAO aims to run Iditarod in 2021. This year is a yearling year— ATAO is hoping to run the Copper Basin on a “puppy” schedule.

Favorite Quote: 

It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.

And, to sneak another thought in there, our kennel motto is simply: ONWARD.

What we discuss on this episode:

  • How Mari got started in mushing
  • Stories about her dogs
  • The Copper Basin race
  • The Iditarod?

Host, Robert Forto’s Bio:

Robert is the training director for Alaska Dog Works where they train dogs for canine obedience, working dogs, therapy dogs and service dogs for clients all over North America. He is also a dog musher and he and his wife operate a 40-dog mushing kennel in Willow, Alaska, called Team Ineka. They can often be seen at local races and leading expeditions in the Alaska backcountry with outdoor leadership students at the University of Alaska. Robert is the producer of Dog Works Radio that has been on the air since 2009 and is currently simulcast on a local radio station, KVRF in Palmer, Alaska.

Host, Alex Stein’s Bio:

Alex M. Stein is a writer, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller living in Los Angeles while pining for the Northern Lights. He is the author of the personal essay collection NO, MR. BOND, I EXPECT YOUR DREAMS TO DIE and directed the Iditarod documentary MUSH. He was married in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, at the northernmost saloon in the world, by the bartender. Alex has been a host on Dog Works Radio since 2012 and he can be heard on our mushing broadcasts and during our annual nightly Iditarod coverage each March. 

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Robert Forto

Robert Forto

@robertforto | Executive producer and co-host of Dog Works Radio

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