June 18, 2018

Musher Details

2008 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 17
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.”

Sponsors

Horizon Lines, LLC
Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food, IN
Dr. Jean Battig/Chena Ridge Vet Clinic
Reilly's - An Irish Bar in Alaska
Ann Shillington, GA
Fred Zera, NC
Lynn Budzak, WI
Shelly Smith & family, OR
Roger Wasson
Tom Swain
Tom Eckhoff, PA
Julie Verrette,WI
Jan Reinhardt, PA
Lynne Davidson, WA

Jeff Long, TN
Wright Air Service
David Pennes, MI
Tim Esias, PA
Tom Kenaston, FL
Beaver Sports
Folkestone Inn, NC
Hawthorne Suites
Midnight Sun Brewing Company
Macgellan, WA
Bill Ferguson
Carol Andrews, CA
Mike Jaskoweitz, VA
Suzi Reno, TX


2008 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 10:35:00 12
Willow 3/02 14:30:00 16
Yentna 3/02 18:14:00 16 3/02 18:17:00 16 0h 3m 3h 44m 11.25 42
Skwentna 3/02 23:46:00 16 3/02 23:51:00 16 0h 5m 5h 29m 6.20 34
Finger Lake 3/03 09:57:00 16 3/03 09:59:00 16 0h 2m 10h 6m 4.46 45
Rainy Pass 3/03 13:29:00 16 3/03 19:00:00 16 5h 31m 3h 30m 8.57 30
Rohn 3/03 23:36:00 16 3/04 04:45:00 16 5h 9m 4h 36m 10.43 48
Nikolai 3/04 19:21:00 16 3/04 19:27:00 16 0h 6m 14h 36m 5.14 75
McGrath 3/05 01:58:00 16 3/05 08:09:00 16 6h 11m 6h 31m 8.29 54
Takotna 3/05 10:39:00 16 3/05 10:48:00 16 0h 9m 2h 30m 7.20 18
Ophir 3/05 13:45:00 16 3/05 20:30:00 15 6h 45m 2h 57m 8.47 25
Cripple 3/06 08:53:00 15 3/07 11:36:00 13 26h 43m 12h 23m 4.76 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/08 00:08:00 13 3/08 06:10:00 12 6h 2m 12h 32m 8.94 ✔ 112
Galena 3/08 13:12:00 12 3/08 21:12:00 12 8h 0m 7h 2m 7.39 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/09 04:53:00 12 3/09 09:37:00 12 4h 44m 6h 41m 7.78 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/09 14:48:00 12 3/09 19:57:00 12 5h 9m 5h 11m 8.10 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/10 07:22:00 12 3/10 13:11:00 11 5h 49m 11h 25m 7.88 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/10 19:45:00 11 3/11 01:43:00 11 5h 58m 6h 34m 6.40 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/11 08:56:00 11 3/11 13:13:00 11 4h 17m 7h 13m 6.65 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/11 19:38:00 11 3/11 21:39:00 11 2h 1m 6h 25m 7.48 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 04:34:00 11 3/12 12:34:00 11 8h 0m 6h 55m 6.65 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 19:19:00 11 3/12 19:22:00 11 0h 3m 6h 45m 8.15 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/12 22:10:21 11 2h 48m 7.86 ✔ ✔ 22