Located in Willow, Alaska, Matthew owns a kennel of 30+ dogs; 17th-Dog/Team Matthew Failor.
His love for the outdoors and canines is perfectly blended in his career as a mid and long distance musher. In the summer you will find him and his dogs living on the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska; taking tourists on sled rides over the glacier. In the fall and winter Matthew is back home in Willow training for either the Iditarod, Yukon Quest, or both!
Matthew has finished every Iditarod he has started, as well as finishing the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod w/in 4 weeks of each other in 2013. He has finished multiple mid-distance (2-400miles) races as well.
He knows the importance of wearing durable, functional and protective gear; its life or death in negative 50+ degrees with 40-70mph hour winds along the 1,000 mile trails. Matthew is excited to share his passion for distance mushing in partnership with Team WoolX in Action!
Matthew’s team website: 17th-Dog.com