In 1954, when everyone in Alaska had a dog team, and having the fastest dogs was a status symbol, the two most prominent mushing families in Tok challenged each other to a race to settle the long standing argument of whose team was the best. Little did they know that this would be the start of one of the longest held sled-dog races in Alaska, the Race of Champions. The race is now part of the Triple Crown of world class sprint mushing, with the Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage and the Open North American in Fairbanks. In 1958 the Tok Dog Mushers' Association was officially formed to raise money for and put on the race. The Race of Champions and the TDMA have now been helping shape the history of Tok and sprint mushing for the last 60 years.