August 17, 2018

Musher Details

2018 Iditarod » Mushers » Matthew Failor

Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 55
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

17th-Dog Boosters
Wool-X, NY
K2 Woodworking

Awards

Most Improved Musher — Sponsored by Matsom

2018 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/04 15:46:00 16
Yentna 3/04 22:01:00 16 3/04 22:05:00 16 0h 4m 6h 15m 6.72 42
Skwentna 3/05 01:04:00 16 3/05 04:36:00 16 3h 32m 2h 59m 10.06 30
Finger Lake 3/05 09:08:00 16 3/05 12:55:00 16 3h 47m 4h 32m 8.82 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 16:20:00 16 3/05 20:03:00 16 3h 43m 3h 25m 8.78 30
Rohn 3/05 23:47:00 16 3/06 04:18:00 16 4h 31m 3h 44m 9.38 35
Nikolai 3/06 17:28:00 16 3/06 20:30:00 16 3h 2m 13h 10m 5.70 75
McGrath 3/07 03:02:00 16 3/07 03:20:00 16 0h 18m 6h 32m 7.35 48
Takotna 3/07 05:38:00 16 3/08 06:04:00 16 24h 26m 2h 18m 7.83 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/08 08:24:00 16 3/08 08:28:00 16 0h 4m 2h 20m 9.86 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/08 22:14:00 16 3/09 03:03:00 16 4h 49m 13h 46m 5.81 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/09 10:59:00 16 3/09 19:01:00 16 8h 2m 7h 56m 6.93 ✔ ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 22:20:00 16 3/09 22:25:00 16 0h 5m 3h 19m 7.54 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/10 00:54:00 16 3/10 07:07:00 16 6h 13m 2h 29m 7.25 ✔ ✔ 18
Kaltag 3/11 07:40:00 3/11 07:54:00 15 0h 14m 23h 33m 5.18 ✔ ✔ 122
Unalakleet 3/12 01:15:00 15 3/12 06:05:00 14 4h 50m 17h 21m 4.90 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 12:06:00 14 3/12 17:18:00 12 5h 12m 6h 1m 6.65 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 01:40:00 12 3/13 09:04:00 12 7h 24m 8h 22m 5.98 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 15:53:00 12 3/13 20:32:00 12 4h 39m 6h 49m 7.04 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 03:28:00 12 3/14 11:28:00 12 8h 0m 6h 56m 6.63 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 18:07:00 12 3/14 18:09:00 11 0h 2m 6h 39m 8.27 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 20:53:52 11 2h 44m 8.05 ✔ ✔ 22