February 17, 2018

Musher Details

2012 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 14
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

Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food, a division of WellPet
Horizon Lines of Alaska
Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage
Quality Suites Near Convention Center
Pleasant Valley Store

Northern Outfitters, FL
North Pole Veterinary Hospital
Howling Dog Alaska
All the SP Kennel Dog Sponsors and Dog Log Supporters

Awards

Alaska Gold Coast — Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank
Spirit of Alaska — Sponsored by Pen Air

2012 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/03 10:26:00 12
Willow 3/04 14:24:00 16
Yentna Station 3/04 18:23:00 16 3/04 18:28:00 16 0h 5m 3h 59m 10.54 42
Skwentna 3/04 21:34:00 16 3/05 01:37:00 16 4h 3m 3h 6m 9.68 30
Finger Lake 3/05 06:19:00 16 3/05 06:20:00 16 0h 1m 4h 42m 8.51 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 09:40:00 16 3/05 15:28:00 16 5h 48m 3h 20m 9.00 30
Rohn 3/05 19:17:00 16 3/05 19:26:00 16 0h 9m 3h 49m 9.17 35
Nikolai 3/06 09:14:00 16 3/06 13:49:00 16 4h 35m 13h 48m 5.43 75
McGrath 3/06 20:32:00 16 3/06 20:36:00 16 0h 4m 6h 43m 7.15 48
Takotna 3/06 23:30:00 16 3/08 01:16:00 15 25h 46m 2h 54m 6.21 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/08 03:57:00 15 3/08 04:01:00 15 0h 4m 2h 41m 8.57 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/08 18:26:00 15 3/08 18:32:00 15 0h 6m 14h 25m 5.06 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/09 08:55:00 15 3/09 09:04:00 14 0h 9m 14h 23m 4.87 ✔ 70
Galena 3/09 15:53:00 14 3/09 23:53:00 14 8h 0m 6h 49m 7.33 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/10 06:13:00 14 3/10 06:20:00 14 0h 7m 6h 20m 5.84 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/10 11:14:00 14 3/10 16:55:00 12 5h 41m 4h 54m 9.59 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/11 07:28:00 12 3/11 13:01:00 12 5h 33m 13h 33m 6.27 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/11 19:14:00 12 3/11 21:15:00 12 2h 1m 6h 13m 6.43 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/12 04:53:00 12 3/12 08:51:00 12 3h 58m 7h 38m 6.55 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/12 15:51:00 12 3/12 17:48:00 10 1h 57m 7h 0m 6.86 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/13 01:25:00 10 3/13 09:25:00 10 8h 0m 7h 37m 6.04 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/13 16:49:00 10 3/13 16:51:00 10 0h 2m 7h 24m 7.43 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/13 20:29:10 10 3h 38m 6.06 ✔ ✔ 22