October 15, 2018

Musher Details

2014 Iditarod » Mushers » Matthew Failor

Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 57
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

Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours
Temsco Helicopters
Michael O’Machearley Custom Knives, OH
Beau Ties Lmtd of Vermont

Anchorage Snow Dawgs Cleveland Browns Backers
Highs Adventure Kennel
Daryl/Pam Darnell


2014 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 12:01:00 12
Willow 3/02 15:50:00 16
Yentna Station 3/02 19:27:00 16 3/02 19:30:00 16 0h 3m 3h 37m 11.61 42
Skwentna 3/03 02:05:00 16 3/03 02:10:00 16 0h 5m 6h 35m 4.56 30
Finger Lake 3/03 06:42:00 16 3/03 11:35:00 16 4h 53m 4h 32m 8.82 40
Rainy Pass 3/03 14:50:00 16 3/03 19:40:00 16 4h 50m 3h 15m 9.23 30
Rohn 3/03 23:40:00 16 3/03 23:56:00 16 0h 16m 4h 0m 8.75 35
Nikolai 3/04 18:42:00 16 3/05 01:35:00 15 6h 53m 18h 46m 4.00 75
McGrath 3/05 07:05:00 15 3/05 07:07:00 15 0h 2m 5h 30m 8.73 48
Takotna 3/05 09:26:00 15 3/06 09:52:00 14 24h 26m 2h 19m 7.77 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/06 12:02:00 14 3/06 12:07:00 14 0h 5m 2h 10m 10.62 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/07 00:43:00 14 3/07 00:50:00 14 0h 7m 12h 36m 5.79 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/07 14:15:00 14 3/07 22:15:00 14 8h 0m 13h 25m 5.22 ✔ ✔ 70
Galena 3/08 04:14:00 14 3/08 07:51:00 14 3h 37m 5h 59m 8.36 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/08 13:45:00 14 3/08 17:55:00 13 4h 10m 5h 54m 6.27 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/08 22:07:00 13 3/09 05:00:00 12 5h 53m 4h 12m 11.19 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/09 18:54:00 12 3/09 18:59:00 12 0h 5m 13h 54m 6.12 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/10 00:41:00 12 3/10 06:00:00 12 5h 19m 5h 42m 7.02 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/10 13:09:00 12 3/10 18:09:00 11 5h 0m 7h 9m 6.99 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/10 23:52:00 11 3/11 08:24:00 11 8h 32m 5h 43m 8.40 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/11 14:59:00 11 3/11 22:59:00 11 8h 0m 6h 35m 6.99 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 05:08:00 11 3/12 05:10:00 11 0h 2m 6h 9m 8.94 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/12 07:42:30 11 2h 32m 8.68 ✔ ✔ 22