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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 15
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

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