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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

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