Matt Hall

27 year old Yukon Quest veteran

My Sponsors:
Princeton Tec, Two Rivers Outpost, 24 Mile Java, Herbal Instincts, Ultra Cruz Animal Supplements, Alaska Icefield Expeditions, Bush Alaska Expeditions, Santa Cruz Animal Health, Last Frontier Mushing Co-op, Western Mountaineering, Boundary Fur Sewing, LyteShow + HiLyte, and Raven Veterinary Services.

Nationality: American
Current Residence: Two Rivers, AK
Occupation(s): Tour Guide, Musher
Kennel Name: Smokin' Ace Kennels
Name Origination: I like to play poker.
Kennel Bloodlines: Hall, Swingley, Little, Gatt, Kleedehn, Hayashida
Breeds: Alaskan Husky
# of Dogs in Kennel: 44

Musher Question & Answer

How many years have you been running dogs?

Tell us about your dogs?
Our team will be comprised of our core veterans and our 3 year olds Critter and Bugger who were rookies in last years Yukon Quest and Iditarod

How did you get started running dogs?
I started running a trap line with my dad and our sled dogs.

What do you love most about running sled dogs?
The solitude of being out there, deep in the wilderness with just your dogs. The bond that develops from that is strong

Why did you enter the Yukon Quest? What are your goals for the race?
I grew up around the race, being from Eagle. My goals are to run a competitive race with a team of strong, healthy and happy canines!

What music do you listen to on the trail?
I listen to a variety, but mostly lots of dance music - it's upbeat and keeps me awake.

How did your dogs get their names?/ How do you choose names?
We follow the alphabet, so we have an "A" litter (Anchor & Ace), "B" & "C" litters, etc. We like to pick names that suit the dogs' personalities, so we don't usually name them until they're a little older. We also like to pick strong names for the dogs, naming them after inspiring people, places, musicians and explorers or the world. Just like the people, dogs deserve names that will reflect their future accomplishments.

List recent sled dog races and/or best performances
2018 Yukon Quest - 2nd 2018 Iditarod - 11th 2017 Yukon Quest - 1st 2016 Copper Basin 300 - 1st 2016 Solstice 50 - 1st 2016 Two Rivers 200 - 3rd

Past Yukon Quest Race Results

Year Position Time
2018 2 10d 2h 24m
2017 1 10d 1h 7m
2016 4 9d 6h 45m
2015 - Scratched
2014 3 10d 4h 24m