August 21, 2017

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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 55
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
Gold Rush Dog Tours
Temsco
K2 Woodworking
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Highs Adventure Kennel & Gear
Seiler & Associates
Michael O'Machearley Custom Knives
17th-Dog Boosters!


2017 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Fairbanks 3/06 12:46:00 16
Nenana 3/07 01:55:00 16 3/07 02:09:00 16 0h 14m 13h 9m 4.56 60
Manley 3/07 18:05:00 16 3/08 02:36:00 15 8h 31m 15h 56m 5.65 90
Tanana 3/08 14:54:00 15 3/08 22:15:00 14 7h 21m 12h 18m 5.37 66
Ruby 3/09 23:43:00 14 3/10 06:36:00 14 6h 53m 25h 28m 4.67 119
Galena 3/10 12:03:00 14 3/11 13:54:00 14 25h 51m 5h 27m 9.17 ✔ 50
Huslia 3/12 06:36:00 14 3/12 15:30:00 13 8h 54m 15h 42m 5.22 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/13 08:35:00 13 3/13 15:49:00 13 7h 14m 17h 5m 5.03 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/13 17:50:00 13 3/13 17:54:00 13 0h 4m 2h 1m 10.91 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/13 22:05:00 13 3/14 05:28:00 11 7h 23m 4h 11m 11.24 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/14 22:01:00 11 3/15 06:31:00 11 8h 30m 16h 33m 5.14 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/15 11:28:00 11 3/15 20:00:00 11 8h 32m 4h 57m 8.08 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/16 01:00:00 11 3/16 15:03:00 11 14h 3m 5h 0m 10.00 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/16 20:26:00 11 3/17 05:17:00 10 8h 51m 5h 23m 8.92 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/17 10:46:00 10 3/17 23:18:00 10 12h 32m 5h 29m 8.39 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/18 05:12:00 10 3/18 05:12:00 10 0h 0m 5h 54m 9.32 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/18 08:19:03 10 3h 7m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 22