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!
- Hometown: Council, Idaho
- Occupation: Mule Trainer
- Hobbies: Spending time in the back country with mules in summer & dogs in winter
- Number of Years Racing: 6
- Kennel Name: Team Warren
- Number of Dogs: 17
- Breed Used: Alaskan Husky
- Lead Dogs: Maya and Conman
- Sponsor: Her family plus Dog and Cat wellenss Center in Weiser, Idaho