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Atta Boy 300 sled dog race from Mt. Bachelor into the Cascades Range















Photos Copyright© 2004 by Robert Speik. All Rights Reserved.


Friday, July 18, 2003
CONTACT: Cheryl Rhea, Race Coordinator 541-350-3049


Bend, Oregon. A field of elite sled dog racers from around the world will return to Central Oregon this winter for the third running of the Atta Boy 300 Oregon World Cup sled dog race. Dates for the 2004 Oregon World Cup event are scheduled for January 3rd through January 11th. Events will be hosted in Bend at Mt. Bachelor, In Sisters at Hoodoo, In Prineville at Walton Lake Snow Park, In La Pine at 10 Mile Snow Park and will finish up the final two days of race again at Mt. Bachelor.

Title Sponsor Atta Boy Dog Food leads the list of returning major sponsors which include The Bend Bulletin Newspaper, Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, and Horizon Broadcasting Group. The 2003 Atta Boy 300 drew all of the top 10 mushers in the world in the International Federation of Sled dog Sport (IFSS) standings. Sam Perrino of Yellowknife, Northwest Territory was first, followed by Melanie Shirilla of Lincoln, MT and Gwen Holdmann of Fox, AK, second and third, respectively.

Early registration in this years’ Atta Boy include Grant Beck an Indian musher from Yellowknife Northwest Territory. Beck is considered by many as one of the greatest sled dog racers of all time having won more than 300 races in his career dating back to the early 1950's. Jacques Phillip a medical doctor from Paris France is a multiple time European Champion. Jacques is an Iditarod Veteran and is one of only two people in history to have reached the summit the tallest mountain in North America, Denali, in Alaska by sled dog team. Rachael Scdoris from Bend Oregon a recent graduate of Redmond High School was the first to sign up for the Atta Boy 300 for the third consecutive year. Scdoris a seasoned veteran of World Cup competition is a sixth generation Central Oregon girl who has grown up running the tricky and at times treacherous back country trails in the Ochoco and Cascade Mountains. A field of 45 mushers is expected for this year’s race, partly in anticipation of the 2005 Atta Boy 300 which has been designated as the 2005 World Sled Dog Championship.

Last year the Atta Boy 300, "RACE for VISION", gave away to qualified Central Oregon residents nearly $20,000 worth of free eye examinations in partnership with several eye care professionals of Central Oregon. Efforts to secure glasses and other low vision aids and vision exams are underway. Dr. Ida Alul is spearheading the "vision part" of the Atta Boy 300 Oregon World Cup Sled Dog Race for Vision. Race Director Jerry Scdoris estimates between $50,000 and $60,000 worth of free exams and glasses will be available to qualified Central Oregon residents. Once again COCAAN will coordinate appointments for vision care applicants.

Fund raising efforts are under way for this year’s events. Rachael Scdoris also serves as the Race Spokesperson and is heading up local sponsorships. Sponsorships and membership in the 300 Mile Club are available to all local businesses and individuals. If you would like Rachael to speak at your business, club, church, or fraternal organization function, or would like to receive sponsorship information, please contact Race Coordinator Cheryl Rhea at 350-3049 or email for details.

For more information on the Atta Boy 300 Oregon World Cup Sled Dog Race visit our website at





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