December 8, 2016

Musher Details

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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 61
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.


2013 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/02 11:58:00 12
Willow 3/03 15:58:00 16
Yentna 3/03 19:59:00 16 3/03 20:06:00 16 0h 7m 4h 1m 10.46 42
Skwentna 3/03 23:20:00 16 3/03 23:25:00 16 0h 5m 3h 14m 9.28 30
Finger Lake 3/04 04:30:00 16 3/04 04:42:00 15 0h 12m 5h 5m 7.87 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 09:00:00 15 3/04 09:10:00 15 0h 10m 4h 18m 6.98 30
Rohn 3/04 14:11:00 15 3/05 14:23:00 15 24h 12m 5h 1m 6.98 ✔ 35
Nikolai 3/06 05:11:00 15 3/06 05:20:00 14 0h 9m 14h 48m 5.07 ✔ 75
McGrath 3/06 11:40:00 14 3/06 16:20:00 14 4h 40m 6h 20m 7.58 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/06 19:10:00 14 3/06 19:16:00 14 0h 6m 2h 50m 6.35 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/06 22:38:00 14 3/07 03:10:00 13 4h 32m 3h 22m 6.83 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/07 20:22:00 13 3/08 01:30:00 13 5h 8m 17h 12m 4.65 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 09:43:00 13 3/08 09:47:00 13 0h 4m 8h 13m 6.69 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/08 13:36:00 13 3/08 21:45:00 11 8h 9m 3h 49m 6.55 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 00:52:00 11 3/09 05:08:00 11 4h 16m 3h 7m 5.78 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 12:54:00 11 3/09 17:50:00 10 4h 56m 7h 46m 7.98 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/10 11:15:00 10 3/10 21:55:00 10 10h 40m 16h 25m 3.65 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/11 13:46:00 10 3/11 22:29:00 10 8h 43m 15h 51m 5.36 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 04:09:00 10 3/12 04:13:00 10 0h 4m 5h 40m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 10:36:00 10 3/12 18:18:00 10 7h 42m 6h 23m 7.83 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 00:32:00 10 3/13 04:45:00 10 4h 13m 6h 14m 7.70 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 11:00:00 10 3/13 19:02:00 10 8h 2m 6h 15m 7.36 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 01:47:00 10 3/14 01:48:00 10 0h 1m 6h 45m 8.15 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 04:39:46 10 2h 51m 7.72 ✔ ✔ 22