Brendan started leading day tours in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area WIlderness in Minnesota through YMCA Camp Menogyn and Amaroh Kennel in 2011-2012. In 2015-2016 he handled for Kelly Maixner's Iditarod team and started racing. Since then, his mushing highlight was competing in the Northern Lights 300 in 2016 and running dogs in the BWCA in Minnesota.
Brendan hopes to complete in the Beargrease Marathon in Minnesota as well as the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod.
John says he had always wanted to try mushing, and once he did he was hooked! He hopes to run the Iditarod and Yukon Quest someday.
Bryce became interested in the sport of mushing after watching an Iditarod TV show several years ago. He found a local Iditarod musher, Sue Morgan, who offered to take him on a dog sled run. He went with her multiple times and was hooked! He used Sue’s dogs to run his first race in 2009.
Bryce says his mushing highlight was finishing the Race to the Sky. He has hopes of running the Iditarod or Yukon Quest someday.
Bryce recounts a terrifying trail story: “Most Scary Dog Situation: Getting charged by a cow moose. She ran through my entire team and stepped through my sled bag and over top of me as I ducked behind the sled. Luckily, she kept running and all the dogs were unhurt. I never knew moose made such a scary growling sound, but she sure did!”
A funny quote that Bryce resembles: “Every winter my mind turns to mush.”
Neal’s wife had a Husky when he met her 16 years ago. Tired of chasing it down for a year, he devised ways to exhaust its energy by running it with roller blades and other devices. After realizing what Huskies were bred for, he became addicted to their drive. One became 3 which later became 6 and is now 30. After operating a touring outfit for several years, he became fascinated with distance mushing and traveling and camping for days with dogs.
Bowlen describes his mushing highlight as his first overnight camping run. Forgetting to charge the batteries in his head lamp, he ended up running by the light of the full moon and found the perspective of the trail and terrain awe inspiring. Traveling and camping with the team is his favorite aspect of the sport by far.
In the future he hopes to see if qualifying for the Iditarod & the Yukon Quest while maintaining his family is feasible. He’s hoping racing will add perspective, learning opportunities, and the opportunity to meet some amazing dog drivers.
His most embarrassing dog situation in his own words: “I once thought it was appropriate to hook up 6 dogs to my bike and use clip in bindings on a descending road that had 3 speed bumps in the first 200 yards. I’ll let your imagination run with that one. It wasn’t pretty.”
Laurie Warren, 53, started handling for her son Garrett and helping him train his first year mushing. She also helped her younger son, Trevor, when he got a team, and she helped train their puppies. Knowing her competitive nature, Trevor suggested she enter a race herself. She agreed and was hooked!
Warren’s mushing highlights include training, traveling, & spending time with her sons while they run dogs together as a family. She has wonderful, priceless memories of racing each other in the darkness to the backcountry cabin & bringing their favorite dogs in to lay around the fire & warm up.
Maya is Laurie's main leader and she recalls how she worked into the lead spot: "My team was struggling last year for a leader with enthusiasm who would get out there and keep the line taught. I put her up there on a chance since she was still not quite two and she took off! She leads with a drive and excitment that inspres the rest of the team. This shouldn't be too big of a surprise as her father was a leader for Jeff King's team and her mother is a phemoninal leader for my son Garrett's team."
She retells her embarrassing moment: at the Cascade Quest a couple years ago, I ran my first overnight race. Upon arrival at the start, I learned I was supposed to have a cable tie out chain. I was relieved when no one checked to see I was without it. That night while sleeping next to my team, I awoke to a dog licking my face, one exploring my sled bag for food, and another frolicking in the snow. I spent the rest of the night with a leash in each hand, holding on to the trouble makers, learning the importance of having all the required gear, and hoping no one would awake to see my predicament!
Scott moved to the Pacific Northwest from Buffalo, New York in 1989 and became an avid backpacker. In 1995 he needed neck surgery and could no longer carry a backpack, so he bought a couple of Alaskan Malamutes (unintentionally) to carry his gear. After researching and learning about sled dogs, and taking several guided dogsled trips in Alaska, he started returning home from Alaska with Alaskan Huskies and developed a recreational team. When recreational mushing was no longer enough for him, he became interested in racing. In 2003, he met, started training with, and now gets all his dogs from Mark Stamm.
Scott relates an embarrassing dog story: "One of my dogs escaped from my yard several years ago, in the middle of the winter, and went next door and killed one of my neighbor's chickens. Their snow-covered backyard looked like a scene from Fargo for a week; except with feathers everywhere in addition to the blood-stained snow."
Scott says his mushing highlight was finishing the Iditarod in 2010, but his goal is to complete the Iditarod again, this time more competitively.
Mark is employed in the boat repair/construction trade. He’s been racing sled dogs since 1976 and completed the Yukon Quest in 1988 and the Iditarod in 2005.
He’s won the Race to the Sky twice (2007 and 2009). He’s also run the Beargrease marathon multiple times dating back to 1991 and finished 3rd (his best finish) in 2001.
Jennifer Campeau is stepping up to the Eagle Cap Extreme 200 mile race again this year after running the 200 mile race last year and our 31 mile, 2 day pot race (her first ever race) 3 years ago! Her husband took up racing 5 years ago, and now mushing is a family affair.
She hopes to just be able to enjoy the dogs and the new challenges and experiences they have together.
She lists the time one of her dogs peed on the teacher of a group of students she was talking to as her most embarrassing dog situation.
Jason Campeau, 42, has always wanted to mush. Four years ago, he and his wife moved to Alberta near the mountains to make that dream come true. They love to spend time in the Rocky Moutnains camping and enjoying the great outdoors. Mushing was a life long dream of Jason's and when the chance arose to get into it, his family went all in.
His hobbies include spending time in the mountains with his family either on their side by side ATV or out riding their horses.
His mushing highlight was in 2015 finishing 7th in the Yukon quest and 18th in Iditarod as a rookie in both races. What a year!
In the future, he would love to have his wife, Jenn, and daughters, Jessica and Mackenzie, all do a race together at some point.
He lists an embarassing dog moment when he was doing a presentation on dog sledding and leadership to a gymnasium full of kids when one of his lead dogs, Lenny, decided he liked one of the sponsors and started marking his territory on her leg!!!
Favorite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you dont take!" ~Wayne Gretzky
Brett, 46, became interested in mushing when reading books with his son, Spencer, about the Yukon and sled dogs. “My son made me do it!”
His mushing highlight was receiving the Red Lantern award at Race to the Sky in 2012 as well as midnight runs under a full moon and mushing and camping with his son. Brett was the winner of the ECX 200 mile race the last 2 years!
He lists an embarrassing dog situation as being when he was being dragged through Lincoln, Montana on Hiway 200 at midnight and couldn’t stop on the pavement. He ended up in the parking lot of the local steakhouse. He relates a funny story as being when his veterinarian told him his dogs were awfully fat to be running the Race to the Sky, and he told the veterinarian she was awfully fat to be calling his dogs fat.
His goals for the future are to eventually run the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod…and perhaps find a new veterinarian.