February 21, 2018

Musher Details

2014 Iditarod » Mushers » Matthew Failor

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

Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours
Temsco Helicopters
Michael O’Machearley Custom Knives, OH
Beau Ties Lmtd of Vermont

Anchorage Snow Dawgs Cleveland Browns Backers
Highs Adventure Kennel
Daryl/Pam Darnell


2014 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 12:01:00 12
Willow 3/02 15:50:00 16
Yentna Station 3/02 19:27:00 16 3/02 19:30:00 16 0h 3m 3h 37m 11.61 42
Skwentna 3/03 02:05:00 16 3/03 02:10:00 16 0h 5m 6h 35m 4.56 30
Finger Lake 3/03 06:42:00 16 3/03 11:35:00 16 4h 53m 4h 32m 8.82 40
Rainy Pass 3/03 14:50:00 16 3/03 19:40:00 16 4h 50m 3h 15m 9.23 30
Rohn 3/03 23:40:00 16 3/03 23:56:00 16 0h 16m 4h 0m 8.75 35
Nikolai 3/04 18:42:00 16 3/05 01:35:00 15 6h 53m 18h 46m 4.00 75
McGrath 3/05 07:05:00 15 3/05 07:07:00 15 0h 2m 5h 30m 8.73 48
Takotna 3/05 09:26:00 15 3/06 09:52:00 14 24h 26m 2h 19m 7.77 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/06 12:02:00 14 3/06 12:07:00 14 0h 5m 2h 10m 10.62 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/07 00:43:00 14 3/07 00:50:00 14 0h 7m 12h 36m 5.79 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/07 14:15:00 14 3/07 22:15:00 14 8h 0m 13h 25m 5.22 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/08 04:14:00 14 3/08 07:51:00 14 3h 37m 5h 59m 8.36 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/08 13:45:00 14 3/08 17:55:00 13 4h 10m 5h 54m 6.27 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/08 22:07:00 13 3/09 05:00:00 12 5h 53m 4h 12m 11.19 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/09 18:54:00 12 3/09 18:59:00 12 0h 5m 13h 54m 6.12 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/10 00:41:00 12 3/10 06:00:00 12 5h 19m 5h 42m 7.02 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/10 13:09:00 12 3/10 18:09:00 11 5h 0m 7h 9m 6.99 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/10 23:52:00 11 3/11 08:24:00 11 8h 32m 5h 43m 8.40 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/11 14:59:00 11 3/11 22:59:00 11 8h 0m 6h 35m 6.99 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 05:08:00 11 3/12 05:10:00 11 0h 2m 6h 9m 8.94 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/12 07:42:30 11 2h 32m 8.68 ✔ ✔ 22