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Matt Failor, in Takotna, on enduring a “wild ride”

“That has to be, hands down, the hardest Iditarod trail anyone’s ever seen,” Matt Failor told KNOM in Takotna on Wednesday afternoon.

Failor was describing the extremely rough, largely snow-free trail, leading into Rohn and Nikolai, that’s given so many mushers trouble over the past few days.

In his interview with Laureli Kinneen, Failor outlined the extent of the damage to his sled, which seemed to take the brunt of the hard trail’s abuse.

His trail experience didn’t seem to shake the good mood from the Willow, Alaska musher, however. With Laureli, Failor said “that was by far the wildest ride I’ve ever encountered on a sled… on anything, (even) a roller-coaster… but we did it, and it was somewhat fun.”


  1. mike failor on March 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Tell Matt Failor I’ll donate a week for him and family in my villa in Jamaica if he gets in the top 10. It has excellent weather! Don’t know Matt but do like his name. I was born in Bucyrus and am a retired doctor.

    • mike failor on March 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      good luck

    • Katie on March 8, 2014 at 8:30 am

      Holy guacamole Mike Failor!!! We’ll take it! We need to connect! We are from Toledo originally but grew up in Mansfield! Winder where our families merge??!!! Please msg our fb page 17th-dog / Team Matthew Failor
      So we can chit chat about our possibly family ties!!!!!

  2. Mike Failor on March 8, 2014 at 4:02 am

    Great to hear you, Matt. Keep up the spirit!

  3. Mike Failor on March 8, 2014 at 4:03 am

    Mike Failor: You didn’t happen to live in Ada many years ago – mid 60’s?

  4. K2 on March 8, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Send this copy to ktuu in anchorage so it can be shared. They seem to be searching out all the folks with very bad attitudes and have turned their reporting into something that resembles a reality show. You know the drill negativity and blame game. This guy is one cool cat with the proper perspectve on life, his chosen sport and demeanor to match. Interviewer does a great job of bringing to us the saga that is Iditarod 42.