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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.


2021 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Deshka Landing N 3/07 14:54:00 14
Skwentna N 3/07 22:08:00 14 3/07 23:30:00 14 1h 22m 7h 14m 9.26 67
Finger Lake N 3/08 03:55:00 14 3/08 07:54:00 14 3h 59m 4h 25m 9.06 40
Rainy Pass N 3/08 10:56:00 14 3/08 14:35:00 14 3h 39m 3h 2m 9.89 30
Rohn N 3/08 18:28:00 14 3/08 23:11:00 13 4h 43m 3h 53m 9.01 35
Nikolai N 3/09 12:35:00 13 3/09 17:20:00 12 4h 45m 13h 24m 5.60 75
McGrath N 3/10 00:26:00 12 3/11 01:04:00 11 24h 38m 7h 6m 6.76 ✔ 48
Ophir N 3/11 05:29:00 11 3/11 10:51:00 11 5h 22m 4h 25m 9.28 ✔ 41
Iditarod N 3/11 23:08:00 11 3/12 04:29:00 11 5h 21m 12h 17m 6.51 ✔ 80
Ophir S 3/12 18:47:00 11 3/13 00:27:00 11 5h 40m 14h 18m 5.59 ✔ 80
McGrath S 3/13 05:25:00 11 3/13 13:29:00 11 8h 4m 4h 58m 8.26 ✔ ✔ 41
Nikolai S 3/13 19:36:00 11 3/14 00:27:00 11 4h 51m 6h 7m 7.85 ✔ ✔ 48
Rohn S 3/14 17:53:00 11 3/14 22:30:00 11 4h 37m 16h 26m 4.56 ✔ ✔ 75
Rainy Pass S 3/15 03:11:00 11 3/15 03:18:00 11 0h 7m 4h 41m 7.47 ✔ ✔ 35
Finger Lake S 3/15 12:28:00 11 3/15 12:31:00 11 0h 3m 9h 10m 3.27 ✔ ✔ 30
Skwentna S 3/15 18:26:00 11 3/16 02:26:00 9 8h 0m 5h 55m 6.76 ✔ ✔ 40
Deshka Landing S 3/16 12:03:12 9 9h 37m 6.97 ✔ ✔ 67