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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 57
Hometown: Willow, Alaska
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Biography

Matthew Failor is a veteran Iditarod musher, Kuskokwim 300 Champion, and multi-time humanitarian award winner in mid-distance racing.

He and his wife Liz own and operate Alaskan Husky Adventures in Willow, Alaska, where they offer locals and visitors a chance to meet their Iditarod team and experience the joy of dog mushing for themselves.

Their race team name, 17th-Dog, is a tribute to their supporters. For many years, mushers could take 16 dogs on the Iditarod. Family, friends, and fans of the team are symbolically dubbed the 17th-Dog that make it possible to race.

Originally from Ohio, Matthew’s passion for Alaska’s official sport started with a summer job at a dogsledding camp in Juneau. There, he adopted his first Alaskan Husky, Fionn. Matthew’s love for mushing eventually grew into a full-time profession when, with the help of friends, family, and mentors Martin Buser and Matt Hayashida, he established his own kennel in 2013.

Five years later, the Iditarod Trail lead Matthew to his biggest prize yet. He met his wife Liz, a former news anchor, while competing in Iditarod 2018. Their wedding, which included their 53 dogs, was featured in The New York Times.

Through racing, Matthew strives to empower and support young people to pursue their dreams. He remains heavily involved as an Ohio State University alumni, in Catholic charities, Boy Scouts, and local schools.

Matthew would like to thank his handlers, the 17th-Dog Booster Club, Alaskan Husky Adventures, Powerstroke Performance, K2 Woodworking, Dr. Carson’s All Natural Products, WoolX, O’Machearley Custom Knives, and Emerson Tibuni for their sponsorship of the team.

Sponsors

Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food, A Division of WellPet, IN
Big Lake Susitna Veterinary Hospital
Northern Outfitters, FL
Alaska Icefield Expeditions
O’Machearley Custom Knives, OH

The Alaskan Wet Dog Race
The Jones Family, IL
Linda Leady
Sew Unique & Unique Skinz
Geocent


2012 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/03 12:01:00 12
Willow 3/04 15:50:00 16
Yentna Station 3/04 20:02:00 16 3/05 02:39:00 16 6h 37m 4h 12m 10.00 42
Skwentna 3/05 05:48:00 16 3/05 11:52:00 16 6h 4m 3h 9m 9.52 30
Finger Lake 3/05 18:08:00 16 3/06 03:01:00 16 8h 53m 6h 16m 6.38 40
Rainy Pass 3/06 06:18:00 16 3/06 12:21:00 16 6h 3m 3h 17m 9.14 30
Rohn 3/06 16:28:00 16 3/06 23:45:00 16 7h 17m 4h 7m 8.50 35
Nikolai 3/07 12:25:00 16 3/07 21:52:00 16 9h 27m 12h 40m 5.92 75
McGrath 3/08 03:43:00 16 3/08 12:54:00 14 9h 11m 5h 51m 8.21 48
Takotna 3/08 15:08:00 14 3/08 18:23:00 14 3h 15m 2h 14m 8.06 18
Ophir 3/08 20:47:00 14 3/09 21:15:00 14 24h 28m 2h 24m 9.58 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/10 09:47:00 14 3/10 17:29:00 14 7h 42m 12h 32m 5.82 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/11 08:40:00 14 3/11 16:42:00 14 8h 2m 14h 11m 4.94 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/11 22:04:00 14 3/12 05:27:00 14 7h 23m 5h 22m 9.32 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/12 10:59:00 14 3/12 20:12:00 14 9h 13m 5h 32m 6.69 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/13 00:06:00 14 3/13 10:30:00 14 10h 24m 3h 54m 12.05 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/14 01:17:00 14 3/14 07:51:00 14 6h 34m 14h 47m 5.75 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/14 12:45:00 14 3/14 23:20:00 14 10h 35m 4h 54m 8.16 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/15 06:59:00 14 3/15 19:13:00 14 12h 14m 7h 39m 6.54 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/16 00:28:00 14 3/16 09:00:00 14 8h 32m 5h 15m 9.14 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/16 14:31:00 14 3/17 00:45:00 14 10h 14m 5h 31m 8.34 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/17 06:36:00 14 3/17 06:40:00 14 0h 4m 5h 51m 9.40 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/17 09:10:20 14 2h 30m 8.80 ✔ ✔ 22