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Matthew Failor

Bib Number: 29
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.


2020 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/08 14:54:00 14
Yentna 3/08 19:48:00 14 3/08 19:51:00 14 0h 3m 4h 54m 8.57 42
Skwentna 3/09 01:58:00 14 3/09 05:30:00 13 3h 32m 6h 7m 4.90 30
Finger Lake 3/09 10:39:00 13 3/09 13:23:00 12 2h 44m 5h 9m 7.77 40
Rainy Pass 3/09 17:05:00 12 3/09 20:12:00 12 3h 7m 3h 42m 8.11 30
Rohn 3/10 00:25:00 12 3/10 00:37:00 12 0h 12m 4h 13m 8.30 35
Nikolai 3/10 13:22:00 12 3/10 17:43:00 12 4h 21m 12h 45m 5.88 75
McGrath 3/10 23:58:00 12 3/10 23:59:00 12 0h 1m 6h 15m 7.68 48
Takotna 3/11 02:36:00 12 3/12 03:35:00 10 24h 59m 2h 37m 6.88 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/12 06:10:00 10 3/12 06:15:00 10 0h 5m 2h 35m 8.90 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/12 20:38:00 10 3/13 06:45:00 9 10h 7m 14h 23m 5.08 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/13 22:04:00 9 3/14 02:02:00 9 3h 58m 15h 19m 4.57 ✔ 70
Galena 3/14 09:09:00 9 3/14 17:09:00 9 8h 0m 7h 7m 7.03 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/15 01:29:00 9 3/15 06:44:00 9 5h 15m 8h 20m 4.44 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/15 12:29:00 9 3/15 19:20:00 9 6h 51m 5h 45m 8.17 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/16 11:05:00 9 3/16 22:20:00 7 11h 15m 15h 45m 5.40 ✔ ✔ 85
Koyuk 3/17 21:28:00 7 3/18 03:46:00 7 6h 18m 23h 8m 3.89 ✔ ✔ 90
Elim 3/18 11:02:00 7 3/18 18:28:00 7 7h 26m 7h 16m 6.61 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/19 02:48:00 7 3/19 22:56:00 7 20h 8m 8h 20m 5.52 ✔ ✔ Scratched 46