June 18, 2018

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2002 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 24
Hometown: Two Rivers, Alaska
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Biography

Aliy Zirkle, 48, was born in New Hampshire and raised in Puerto Rice then Missouri. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania (Go Quakers!) with a degree in Biology. She came to Alaska 25 years ago to work for US Fish and Wildlife. Aliy traveled around Alaska assisting with studies on fish, moose, caribou, beaver, wolves and other wildlife. She then settled in a small village above the Arctic Circle, Bettles, for her first winter. Aliy adopted her first sled dog, Skunk, and built a sled. She then spent several years exploring the Arctic by dog team while living in Bettles. Aliy and her dogs moved to Two Rivers, Alaska and lived in a cabin along the Yukon Quest trail. In 1998, Aliy raced her first 1,000 mile sled dog race, the Yukon Quest. She went on to win the Yukon Quest in the year 2000. Aliy began racing the Iditarod in 2001 and has started, and finished, every Iditarod since then. Aliy and her husband, Allen Moore, own and operate SP Kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska. Aliy’s goal is to win the Iditarod with the wonderful dogs that she breeds, raises, and trains. She says that she began mushing years ago because she simply enjoyed being with dogs, she still does. Aliy considers the Iditarod the ultimate statement for the dog-human bond. “Until you go out along the Iditarod trail and find your team in an extreme blizzard or an impossible wilderness situation, you will never truly know how awesome Alaskan Huskys are and their incredible dedication to us as human beings. I am amazed year after year by my dogs.”


2002 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/02 10:50:00 12
Eagle River 3/02 13:49:00 12 2h 59m 0.00
Wasilla 3/03 10:50:00 16 29
Knik 3/03 11:57:00 16 3/03 11:59:00 16 0h 2m 1h 7m 12.54 14
Yentna Station 3/03 20:25:00 16 3/03 20:28:00 16 0h 3m 8h 26m 6.17 52
Skwentna 3/03 23:34:00 16 3/03 23:40:00 16 0h 6m 3h 6m 10.97 34
Finger Lake 3/04 10:59:00 16 3/04 11:05:00 15 0h 6m 11h 19m 3.98 45
Rainy Pass 3/04 14:56:00 15 3/04 21:52:00 15 6h 56m 3h 51m 7.79 30
Rohn 3/05 01:54:00 3/05 02:04:00 12 0h 10m 4h 2m 11.90 48
Nikolai 3/05 17:38:00 12 3/06 01:17:00 11 7h 39m 15h 34m 5.97 93
McGrath 3/06 07:24:00 11 3/07 09:14:00 11 25h 50m 6h 7m 7.85 ✔ 48
Takotna 3/07 11:06:00 11 3/07 11:21:00 10 0h 15m 1h 52m 12.32 ✔ 23
Ophir 3/07 13:57:00 10 3/07 18:38:00 9 4h 41m 2h 36m 14.62 ✔ 38
Cripple 3/08 11:35:00 9 3/08 11:47:00 9 0h 12m 16h 57m 3.54 ✔ 60
Ruby 3/09 03:02:00 9 3/09 11:07:00 9 8h 5m 15h 15m 7.34 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/09 19:54:00 9 3/10 02:23:00 8 6h 29m 8h 47m 5.92 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/10 08:30:00 8 3/10 14:12:00 8 5h 42m 6h 7m 8.50 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/10 19:29:00 8 3/11 00:30:00 8 5h 1m 5h 17m 7.95 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/11 12:38:00 8 3/11 16:55:00 8 4h 17m 12h 8m 7.42 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/11 22:30:00 8 3/12 03:57:00 8 5h 27m 5h 35m 7.16 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 10:02:00 8 3/12 16:02:00 8 6h 0m 6h 5m 9.53 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/12 22:02:00 8 3/13 03:54:00 7 5h 52m 6h 0m 8.00 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 09:36:00 7 3/13 18:08:00 7 8h 32m 5h 42m 8.07 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 00:44:00 7 3/14 00:49:00 7 0h 5m 6h 36m 8.33 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 04:01:45 7 3h 12m 6.88 ✔ ✔ 22