November 15, 2018

Musher Details

2015 Iditarod » Mushers » Matthew Failor

Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 15
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 (akdogtour.com)
Gold Rush Sled Dog Tours
Temsco
O'Machearley Custom Knives
Highs Adventure Kennel


2015 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 10:28:00 12
Fairbanks 3/09 10:26:00 16
Nenana 3/09 16:14:00 16 3/09 16:30:00 16 0h 16m 5h 48m 10.34 60
Manley Hot Springs 3/10 10:46:00 16 3/10 17:05:00 16 6h 19m 18h 16m 4.93 90
Tanana 3/11 00:31:00 16 3/11 08:44:00 15 8h 13m 7h 26m 8.88 ✔ 66
Ruby 3/12 04:17:00 15 3/13 06:40:00 15 26h 23m 19h 33m 6.09 ✔ ✔ 119
Galena 3/13 12:30:00 15 3/13 19:32:00 14 7h 2m 5h 50m 8.57 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/14 13:49:00 14 3/15 08:03:00 13 18h 14m 18h 17m 4.48 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/15 18:17:00 13 3/16 01:58:00 12 7h 41m 10h 14m 8.40 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/16 04:30:00 12 3/16 04:32:00 12 0h 2m 2h 32m 8.68 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/16 09:25:00 12 3/17 06:02:00 12 20h 37m 4h 53m 9.62 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/17 16:27:00 12 3/17 23:02:00 10 6h 35m 10h 25m 8.16 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/18 05:13:00 10 3/18 20:12:00 10 14h 59m 6h 11m 6.47 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/19 06:25:00 10 3/19 16:49:00 10 10h 24m 10h 13m 4.89 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/19 23:21:00 10 3/20 08:08:00 10 8h 47m 6h 32m 7.35 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/20 15:09:00 10 3/20 23:10:00 10 8h 1m 7h 1m 6.56 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/21 05:57:00 10 3/21 06:02:00 10 0h 5m 6h 47m 8.11 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/21 08:42:42 10 2h 40m 8.25 ✔ ✔ 22