Mansfield Native Remembers Ohio Roots When Racing In Iditarod


It was last Thursday that Mansfield's Matt Failor finished 28th in Alaska's Iditarod.

He and his team of dogs covered the 1,000 mile race in 10 days 13 hours and 39 minutes.

Failor talked with 10TV Sports’ Dom Tiberi from Big Lake, Alaska, on Wednesday.

“It is basically 10 1/2 days of straight work,” Failor said. “(There is no) down time, even when you are resting. You are thinking of your next move.”

Matt first traveled to Alaska in 2006 for work to help pay for his education at Ohio State University.

That is when he fell in love with the sport of sled dog racing.

He now lives year round in Alaska with his dogs.

Though Failor spent nearly 11 days racing by himself, he said the sport is anything but lonely.

“For me it is not lonely at all, because I am with my best buddies, I am with my dogs that I have been training with for years now and that is what you are supposed to be doing,” Failor said.

The Mansfield native said his goal is to win the race overall.

“That's the goal, yeah.”

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