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Matt Failor


Aleah Roeber

on 20 March 2012

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Matt Failor Matt Failor is 29 and was born on in Mansfield, Ohio. He says, “My family taught me a love of the outdoors; camping, fishing, canoeing, backpacking and hunting." He will be racing as a rookie this year. His bib number is number 57. Matt races for the Happy Trails Kennel which is owned and operated by champion Iditarod musher Martin Buser. Matt is running one of Buser's yearling teams this year. When Matt was in college at Ohio State, he spent his summers in Alaska giving sled dog rides. He began racing in 2008. In 2010, he was given the opportunity to work for Buser and has been there ever since. The Buser family's kennel, Happy Trails, has about 60 dogs. They are more husky than hound and weigh 45-55 pounds. They breed and raise their own dogs. The Buser family comes up with theme names for their dogs. If a litter is born around Christmas time, they all have reindeer names. Some of their dogs' names are: Blitzen, Blondie, Fearless, Ingot, Kira, Melkior, Odo, Riptide, Stream, and Worf. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2012/03/01/ohioan-set-to-hit-trail.html
http://www.toledoblade.com/MattMarkey/2012/03/18/Ohio-mans-Iditarod.print This... ...is what... ...they bring. Matt uses mostly Buser's equipment but is starting to collect more and more of his own. Although this is Failor's first time doing the Iditarod, he has run Buser's dogs in the Copper Basin 300 and the Knik 200 earlier this year. Failor has about 3,000 miles of training in with his young team. Matt's goals for his and his team's first Iditarod are to learn the course and care for the dogs. He is planning to run steady and slow. He is not trying to win or anything. He just wants to complete his first Iditarod. An interesting fact about Matt Failor is that he is an Eagle Scout. He also had his 30th birthday while out on the trail.
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