Musher Details

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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 17
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
Alaska Icefield Expeditions
17th-Dog Booster Family
K2 Woodworking

Highs Adventure
Wool X, NY
Powerstroke Performance
O’Machearley Custom Knives, 0H


2019 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/03 14:30:00 14
Yentna 3/03 18:21:00 14 3/03 20:32:00 14 2h 11m 3h 51m 10.91 42
Skwentna 3/03 23:42:00 14 3/04 02:33:00 14 2h 51m 3h 10m 9.47 30
Finger Lake 3/04 07:09:00 14 3/04 10:48:00 14 3h 39m 4h 36m 8.70 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 14:04:00 14 3/04 17:25:00 14 3h 21m 3h 16m 9.18 30
Rohn 3/04 21:21:00 14 3/04 21:33:00 14 0h 12m 3h 56m 8.90 35
Nikolai 3/05 10:44:00 14 3/05 15:32:00 13 4h 48m 13h 11m 5.69 75
McGrath 3/05 21:49:00 13 3/05 21:51:00 13 0h 2m 6h 17m 7.64 48
Takotna 3/06 00:12:00 13 3/07 01:24:00 13 25h 12m 2h 21m 7.66 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 04:07:00 13 3/07 04:12:00 13 0h 5m 2h 43m 8.47 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/07 19:12:00 13 3/08 00:18:00 12 5h 6m 15h 0m 5.33 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 07:56:00 12 3/08 15:56:00 12 8h 0m 7h 38m 7.21 ✔ ✔ 55
Anvik 3/08 19:12:00 12 3/08 19:14:00 12 0h 2m 3h 16m 7.65 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/08 21:22:00 12 3/09 02:13:00 12 4h 51m 2h 8m 8.44 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 08:41:00 12 3/09 08:46:00 11 0h 5m 6h 28m 9.59 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/09 23:35:00 11 3/10 08:01:00 11 7h 26m 14h 49m 4.05 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/10 23:30:00 11 3/11 03:40:00 11 4h 10m 15h 29m 5.49 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/11 09:09:00 11 3/11 13:37:00 11 4h 28m 5h 29m 7.29 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 17:37:00 11 3/13 04:49:00 10 11h 12m 28h 0m 1.79 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 11:36:00 10 3/13 15:27:00 10 3h 51m 6h 47m 7.08 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 22:51:00 10 3/14 06:51:00 10 8h 0m 7h 24m 6.22 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 13:17:00 10 3/14 13:18:00 10 0h 1m 6h 26m 8.55 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 16:03:21 10 2h 45m 8.00 ✔ ✔ 22