June 21, 2018

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2009 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.”

Sponsors

Horizon Lines of Alaska
Eagle Pack Holistic Natural Pet Foods, IN
Pleasant Valley Store
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Mcgellan
Chena Ridge Vet Clinic
Wright Air Service
Lynn Budzak
Lynne Danielsom
Thom Swan
Jan Reinhardt
Ann Shillington & friends
Tom Eckhoff
Hank Hiller
David Pennes, MD
Tom Kenaston
Kathe Budzak

Shelly Smith & family
Roger Wasson
Julie Verrette
Tim Esaias
Randy Chappel
Fred Zera
Dr. John & Joanne Wilson
Kim Raymond
Ken & Amy Wheaton
The Joyners
Carol Andrews
Gary & Jan Edwards
Bob & Shirley McConnell
Lynne Witte
Caroline Hite
Eunice Thaeler


2009 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 10:50:00 12
Willow 3/08 14:44:00 16
Yentna 3/08 18:33:00 16 3/08 18:36:00 16 0h 3m 3h 49m 17.29 66
Skwentna 3/08 23:52:00 16 3/09 00:02:00 16 0h 10m 5h 16m 6.46 34
Finger Lake 3/09 09:14:00 16 3/09 09:16:00 16 0h 2m 9h 12m 4.89 45
Rainy Pass 3/09 13:02:00 16 3/09 18:50:00 16 5h 48m 3h 46m 7.96 30
Rohn 3/09 23:23:00 16 3/09 23:40:00 15 0h 17m 4h 33m 10.55 48
Nikolai 3/10 14:41:00 15 3/10 20:58:00 15 6h 17m 15h 1m 4.99 75
McGrath 3/11 03:56:00 15 3/11 03:57:00 15 0h 1m 6h 58m 7.75 54
Takotna 3/11 07:00:00 15 3/12 08:31:00 15 25h 31m 3h 3m 5.90 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/12 11:20:00 15 3/12 11:28:00 15 0h 8m 2h 49m 8.88 ✔ 25
Iditarod 3/13 08:11:00 15 3/13 08:41:00 14 0h 30m 20h 43m 4.34 ✔ 90
Shageluk 3/13 21:11:00 14 3/13 21:16:00 14 0h 5m 12h 30m 5.20 ✔ 65
Anvik 3/14 00:40:00 14 3/14 00:45:00 13 0h 5m 3h 24m 7.35 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/14 03:30:00 13 3/14 08:49:00 13 5h 19m 2h 45m 6.55 ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/14 18:06:00 13 3/15 02:26:00 13 8h 20m 9h 17m 6.46 ✔ ✔ 60
Kaltag 3/15 10:50:00 13 3/15 16:15:00 13 5h 25m 8h 24m 8.33 ✔ ✔ 70
Unalakleet 3/16 06:50:00 13 3/16 12:42:00 11 5h 52m 14h 35m 6.17 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/16 18:52:00 11 3/17 21:12:00 11 26h 20m 6h 10m 6.49 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/18 02:55:00 11 3/18 03:02:00 11 0h 7m 5h 43m 10.15 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/18 13:30:00 11 3/18 13:40:00 11 0h 10m 10h 28m 4.59 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/18 21:04:00 11 3/19 05:07:00 11 8h 3m 7h 24m 6.22 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/19 13:25:00 11 3/19 13:27:00 11 0h 2m 8h 18m 6.63 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/19 16:28:45 11 3h 1m 7.29 ✔ ✔ 22