August 20, 2018

Musher Details

2016 Iditarod » Mushers » Matthew Failor

Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 63
Hometown: Willow, Alaska
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Biography

Matthew Failor, 36, was born and raised in Ohio. He says, “My family taught me a love of the outdoors; camping, fishing, canoeing, backpacking, hunting, were all things we did on family vacations. My mom and dad and brothers and sister all enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. My three brothers and I are Eagle Scouts.” He moved to Alaska in 2006 for a summer college job as a dog handler at Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Photography from Ohio State University in 2007. He moved to Alaska permanently in 2008 to work with Matt Hayashida and train with him and his dogs. He has worked for various mushers and in 2010, he started handling for Martin Buser and ran his first Iditarod as Martin’s handler. He recently moved to Willow to run dogs under his own name. 17th Dog, Team Matthew Failor, is excited and eager to get back out onto dog mushing’s greatest stage, the Iditarod. “The dogs and I spend all summer, fall and winter together living as a family and learn to work towards a common goal, improving in everything we do and never stop learning. Twenty eight canines have become my immediate family now, however, Ohio will forever be called home.” Matthew is currently a dog trainer and has been manager of Alaska Icefield Expeditions for 12 years. He says he enjoys sports, staying active and is an avid outdoorsman.

Sponsors

Alaska Icefield Expeditions
Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours
Temsco
K2 Woodworking
Seiler & Associates LLC

Wool X
High’s Adventure Kennel
O’Machearley Custom Knives
17th Dog Boosters & Supporters

Awards

Musher\'s Choice Award

2016 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/05 12:14:00 16 3/05 12:14:00 16 0h 0m
Willow 3/06 16:02:00 16
Yentna 3/06 19:57:00 16 3/06 20:00:00 16 0h 3m 3h 55m 10.72 42
Skwentna 3/07 03:15:00 16 3/07 03:23:00 16 0h 8m 7h 15m 4.14 30
Finger Lake 3/07 11:59:00 16 3/07 12:02:00 16 0h 3m 8h 36m 4.65 40
Rainy Pass 3/07 15:58:00 16 3/07 20:59:00 16 5h 1m 3h 56m 7.63 30
Rohn 3/08 01:42:00 16 3/08 05:14:00 16 3h 32m 4h 43m 7.42 35
Nikolai 3/08 14:17:00 16 3/09 15:10:00 16 24h 53m 9h 3m 8.29 ✔ 75
McGrath 3/09 20:20:00 16 3/10 10:02:00 16 13h 42m 5h 10m 9.29 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/10 12:02:00 16 3/10 12:04:00 16 0h 2m 2h 0m 9.00 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/10 14:30:00 16 3/11 14:00:00 16 23h 30m 2h 26m 9.45 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/12 05:43:00 16 3/12 12:24:00 16 6h 41m 15h 43m 4.64 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/13 03:25:00 16 3/13 11:26:00 16 8h 1m 14h 1m 4.99 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/13 17:29:00 16 3/14 01:39:00 16 8h 10m 6h 3m 8.26 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/14 07:34:00 16 3/14 16:00:00 16 8h 26m 5h 55m 6.25 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/14 19:41:00 16 3/15 02:08:00 14 6h 27m 3h 41m 12.76 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/15 16:12:00 14 3/16 00:23:00 14 8h 11m 14h 4m 6.04 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/16 05:14:00 14 3/16 12:09:00 14 6h 55m 4h 51m 8.25 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/16 17:18:00 14 3/16 23:20:00 13 6h 2m 5h 9m 9.71 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/17 04:10:00 13 3/17 11:20:00 13 7h 10m 4h 50m 9.93 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/17 16:23:00 13 3/18 00:53:00 12 8h 30m 5h 3m 9.11 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/18 07:20:00 12 3/18 07:28:00 12 0h 8m 6h 27m 8.53 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/18 09:54:45 12 2h 26m 9.04 ✔ ✔ 22