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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 17
Hometown: Willow, Alaska
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Biography

Matthew Failor, 37, 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. “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
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