May 23, 2018

Musher Details

2015 Iditarod » Mushers » Matthew Failor

Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 15
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

Alaska Icefield Expeditions (akdogtour.com)
Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours
Temsco
O'Machearley Custom Knives
Highs Adventure Kennel


2015 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 10:28:00 12
Fairbanks 3/09 10:26:00 16
Nenana 3/09 16:14:00 16 3/09 16:30:00 16 0h 16m 5h 48m 10.34 60
Manley Hot Springs 3/10 10:46:00 16 3/10 17:05:00 16 6h 19m 18h 16m 4.93 90
Tanana 3/11 00:31:00 16 3/11 08:44:00 15 8h 13m 7h 26m 8.88 ✔ 66
Ruby 3/12 04:17:00 15 3/13 06:40:00 15 26h 23m 19h 33m 6.09 ✔ ✔ 119
Galena 3/13 12:30:00 15 3/13 19:32:00 14 7h 2m 5h 50m 8.57 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/14 13:49:00 14 3/15 08:03:00 13 18h 14m 18h 17m 4.48 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/15 18:17:00 13 3/16 01:58:00 12 7h 41m 10h 14m 8.40 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/16 04:30:00 12 3/16 04:32:00 12 0h 2m 2h 32m 8.68 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/16 09:25:00 12 3/17 06:02:00 12 20h 37m 4h 53m 9.62 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/17 16:27:00 12 3/17 23:02:00 10 6h 35m 10h 25m 8.16 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/18 05:13:00 10 3/18 20:12:00 10 14h 59m 6h 11m 6.47 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/19 06:25:00 10 3/19 16:49:00 10 10h 24m 10h 13m 4.89 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/19 23:21:00 10 3/20 08:08:00 10 8h 47m 6h 32m 7.35 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/20 15:09:00 10 3/20 23:10:00 10 8h 1m 7h 1m 6.56 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/21 05:57:00 10 3/21 06:02:00 10 0h 5m 6h 47m 8.11 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/21 08:42:42 10 2h 40m 8.25 ✔ ✔ 22