My name is Josh McNeal and I am the owner of Crooked Creek Kennel, a competitive long distance racing kennel in Kasilof, Alaska. I first began mushing while attending college in Fairbanks, Alaska. My senior year, I worked for an Iditarod musher and helped train his team for his final Iditarod. A year later, I ended up buying his team and my kennel was born. Since then I have bought more dogs and have had two successful breeding bringing my total number of dogs to 30. My goal is to maintain a small competitive kennel by having the best blood lines, and giving my dogs the best food, vet care, training, and equipment available. Furthermore, by keeping a small kennel I can foster a deeper, more personal relationship with all my dogs.
This last winter I raced in two races non-competitively. I placed 14th (out of 20) in the Tustemena 200, and 9th (Out of 16) in the Kobuk 440. This coming winter I plan to once again run the Kobuk 440, this time competitively, as well as the Kuskokwim 300. These are the toughest and most competitive mid distance sled dog races in the world. I will enter my younger dogs in a few mid distance races as well to gain experience for the future. My goal is to compete in my rookie Iditarod in 2021, where I will race 1000 miles from Anchorage to Nome, across some of the harshest terrain on earth.
As you can imagine, running a competitive kennel, and feeding 30 dogs is very expensive, especially when traveling to races that are off the road system where all the dogs and gear required to race must be flown on a cargo plane to the race start. Your sponsorship dollars would help cover food costs for the dogs, bootie costs, training costs, vet costs, and travel costs to and from the races. As a sponsor you will get exclusive CCK gear that you can proudly show off. The sponsorship levels that I have come up with are on the following page, however I am open to anything! If there is something else that you would like to do, or receive in return for your sponsorship just let me know!
If you are a retuning sponsor, you will be contacted directly to figure out which CCK gear is right for you. To not be repetitive, I want to make sure that you are getting new gear, and to make sure that you know how much your continued support is appreciated. I hope to have you join me on my journey of getting to Nome in 2021. If you have any questions, feel free to reach me by email at or by phone at +1 (360)-907-0260. Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing back from you!
Josh and Dogs
Platinum Partner ($5000+)
This is the top sponsor for the kennel. You will get maximum exposure for your business from this sponsorship. This includes first mention in all events and media inquiries, logo or name displayed on banner, website, Facebook, Instagram, Josh’s Parka, and potentially the dog’s coats, and any other place that your business would like. On top of the advertising, you will also receive 4 CCK sweatshirts, 4 Beanies, 8 Koozies, memorabilia from a race, a signed picture of Josh and team, exclusive behind the scenes access at race starts, a summer BBQ at the kennel, and an overnight winter mushing excursion to a remote cabin for two people. Josh can also be available for company events to talk about setting goals, teamwork, motivation, or any other related topics.
Kennel Partner ($1000+)
Lead Dog Sponsor ($500)
From this sponsorship you will get 2 official Crooked Creek Kennel Sweatshirts, 2 CCK Beanies, 4 CCK Koozies, memorabilia from one of the races of the season, and a signed picture of Josh and team. You will also be invited to a summer BBQ to visit the kennel. As a business, you will get your logo proudly displayed on our website, our Facebook page, and a CCK banner that will be proudly displayed at all events. For a larger sponsor amount, more logo placement can be discussed. You will also be mentioned as a sponsor at any given chance.
Sponsor one of our lead dogs! These are the stars of CCK. With this sponsorship you will get a CCK Sweatshirt, LS or SS shirt, beanie, 2 koozies, and a framed picture of your sponsored athlete. As a business, you will get your logo proudly displayed on our website, our Facebook page, and a CCK banner that will be proudly displayed at all events. You will also be mentioned as a sponsor at any given chance. Dogs available to sponsor are Jenna, Suka, Hoagie, and Orca.
Swing Dog Sponsor ($400)
Team Dog Sponsor ($300)
With this sponsorship you will get CCK sweatshirt, beanie, 2 koozies, and a framed picture of your sponsored athlete. Dogs available to sponsor are Quickdraw, Junior, Hydra, and Mara.
With this sponsorship you will get CCK LS shirt, beanie, 2 koozies, and a framed picture of your sponsored athlete. Dogs available to sponsor are Jimmy, Brownie, and Johnny.
Wheel Dog Sponsor ($200)
Yearling Dog Sponsor ($150)
With this sponsorship you will get a beanie, 2 koozies, and a framed picture of your sponsored athlete. Dogs available to sponsor are Jake, Douglas, Apollo, and Athena.
With this sponsorship you will receive a post card every few months with an updated picture of your sponsored athlete to see how they are progressing, and an official CCK beanie. Dogs available to sponsor are Betty, Hera, Aphrodite, Zeus, and Poseidon.
Puppy Sponsor ($100)
These are the up and coming stars of CCK! With this sponsorship you will receive a post card every few months with an updated picture of your sponsored athlete to see how they are progressing, and an official CCK koozie. Puppies available to sponsor are Earl, Alfred, Thelma, Doris, and Edith.