August 20, 2018

Musher Details

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Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 14
Hometown: Two Rivers, Alaska
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Biography

Aliy Zirkle, 49, was born in New Hampshire and was raised in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, St. Louis and Pennsylvania. She graduated with a degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. When she was in her early 20’s, she moved to a small Alaskan town north of the Arctic Circle. During her first winter, she adopted six huskies, built a dog sled and explored the surrounding wilderness with her dog team. The challenges of this first winter taught her many of the skills that she uses today.
This solitary, independent, wilderness lifestyle that Aliy fell in love 25 years ago has now ironically, thrown her into the media spotlight. While she has had many successes in her dog mushing career, she has also had notable disappointments. Aliy finished 2nd place in the Iditarod three times in a row. She is the first, and only, woman to win the Yukon Quest (a 1,000 mile remote mushing adventure race.)
Aliy and her husband, Allen Moore, an Iditarod veteran and Yukon Quest winner, own and operate SP Kennel – a premier sled dog kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska. They strive to be the best they can through complete dedication to their canine teammates and to the sport. They are also committed to the Alaskan community that has given them unwavering support and incredible encouragement through the years. Aliy’s life has revolved around dogs for many years. She says they are the center focus of pretty much all that she and Allen do. She also loves coffee and says grinding and brewing the perfect cup every morning makes her happy!

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