June 21, 2018

Musher Details

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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 57
Hometown: Willow, Alaska
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Biography

Matthew Failor, 34, was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, and a graduate of The Ohio State University (2007, Fine Arts Photography). Matthew is an Eagle Scout, an honor which he shares with each of his four brothers.

Matthew first fell in love with Alaska and its culture while working summers during college on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. Through Gold Rush Dog Tours, Matthew formed a relationship with Veteran Iditarod Musher, Matt Hayashida; and through that relationship Matthew was able to earn a handler position with 4-time Iditarod Champion, Martin Buser (Happy Trails Kennel) in 2010. In 2012, Matthew ran a team of Buser puppies in ‘The Last Great Race’, and he hasn’t looked back. He has raced the Iditarod every year since, as well as multiple mid and long distance races, including the Yukon Quest (2013) and Kuskokwim 300 (2011).

In 2013 Matthew opened his own kennel, 17th-Dog/Team Matthew Failor. Carved out of the Birch & Black Spruce in Willow, AK, amongst numerous winter trails near the Mountains of Hatcher Pass, you can find home to 48 of the “hardest working athletes and truest friends [he] has ever known.” Matthew is proud to promote the lifestyle and sport of dog mushing through every day life, as well as tourism and racing.

Matthew has not forgotten his roots. He supports, promotes, and empowers his home community (and beyond) by giving back; through Catholic Charities, local schools, Boy Scouts of America, or National Awareness. While Matthew remains focused on his future, he is firmly rooted in the values he learned growing up in Ohio.

Sponsors

Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food, A Division of WellPet, IN
Big Lake Susitna Veterinary Hospital
Northern Outfitters, FL
Alaska Icefield Expeditions
O’Machearley Custom Knives, OH

The Alaskan Wet Dog Race
The Jones Family, IL
Linda Leady
Sew Unique & Unique Skinz
Geocent


2012 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/03 12:01:00 12
Willow 3/04 15:50:00 16
Yentna Station 3/04 20:02:00 16 3/05 02:39:00 16 6h 37m 4h 12m 10.00 42
Skwentna 3/05 05:48:00 16 3/05 11:52:00 16 6h 4m 3h 9m 9.52 30
Finger Lake 3/05 18:08:00 16 3/06 03:01:00 16 8h 53m 6h 16m 6.38 40
Rainy Pass 3/06 06:18:00 16 3/06 12:21:00 16 6h 3m 3h 17m 9.14 30
Rohn 3/06 16:28:00 16 3/06 23:45:00 16 7h 17m 4h 7m 8.50 35
Nikolai 3/07 12:25:00 16 3/07 21:52:00 16 9h 27m 12h 40m 5.92 75
McGrath 3/08 03:43:00 16 3/08 12:54:00 14 9h 11m 5h 51m 8.21 48
Takotna 3/08 15:08:00 14 3/08 18:23:00 14 3h 15m 2h 14m 8.06 18
Ophir 3/08 20:47:00 14 3/09 21:15:00 14 24h 28m 2h 24m 9.58 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/10 09:47:00 14 3/10 17:29:00 14 7h 42m 12h 32m 5.82 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/11 08:40:00 14 3/11 16:42:00 14 8h 2m 14h 11m 4.94 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/11 22:04:00 14 3/12 05:27:00 14 7h 23m 5h 22m 9.32 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/12 10:59:00 14 3/12 20:12:00 14 9h 13m 5h 32m 6.69 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/13 00:06:00 14 3/13 10:30:00 14 10h 24m 3h 54m 12.05 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/14 01:17:00 14 3/14 07:51:00 14 6h 34m 14h 47m 5.75 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/14 12:45:00 14 3/14 23:20:00 14 10h 35m 4h 54m 8.16 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/15 06:59:00 14 3/15 19:13:00 14 12h 14m 7h 39m 6.54 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/16 00:28:00 14 3/16 09:00:00 14 8h 32m 5h 15m 9.14 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 14:31:00 14 3/17 00:45:00 14 10h 14m 5h 31m 8.34 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 06:36:00 14 3/17 06:40:00 14 0h 4m 5h 51m 9.40 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 09:10:20 14 2h 30m 8.80 ✔ ✔ 22