Originally from Massachusetts, Matt Hayashida moved west to pursue a career in the outdoors. Achieving success as a river guide, Matt began to investigate additional recreational opportunities in the outdoors. In 1993, Matt was introduced to dog mushing while living in Wyoming; his first time on the runners he decided that he would pursue the world famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Determined to compete, Matt moved to Alaska to be closer to the mentors of the sport. Matt trained alongside professional racers, gaining the skills necessary to take on the “Last Great Race.” Matt has raced professionally for more than a decade and looks forward to the future progression of the sport.