July 23, 2017

Musher Details

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Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 27
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
Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage
Quality Suites-Near Convention Center

Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food, Well Pet, MA
Pleasant Valley Store
Northern Outfitters, FL


2013 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
Willow 3/03 14:50:00 16
Yentna 3/03 18:38:00 16 3/03 18:43:00 16 0h 5m 3h 48m 11.05 42
Skwentna 3/03 21:38:00 16 3/04 01:25:00 16 3h 47m 2h 55m 10.29 30
Finger Lake 3/04 05:48:00 16 3/04 05:50:00 16 0h 2m 4h 23m 9.13 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 09:19:00 16 3/04 15:08:00 15 5h 49m 3h 29m 8.61 30
Rohn 3/04 19:18:00 15 3/04 19:30:00 15 0h 12m 4h 10m 8.40 35
Nikolai 3/05 09:02:00 15 3/05 13:13:00 14 4h 11m 13h 32m 5.54 75
McGrath 3/05 19:17:00 14 3/05 19:18:00 14 0h 1m 6h 4m 7.91 48
Takotna 3/05 21:35:00 14 3/06 22:55:00 14 25h 20m 2h 17m 7.88 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/07 01:25:00 14 3/07 01:34:00 14 0h 9m 2h 30m 9.20 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/07 17:10:00 14 3/07 17:20:00 14 0h 10m 15h 36m 5.13 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 03:50:00 14 3/08 04:05:00 13 0h 15m 10h 30m 5.24 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/08 07:20:00 13 3/08 07:21:00 13 0h 1m 3h 15m 7.69 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/08 09:54:00 13 3/08 17:54:00 13 8h 0m 2h 33m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 01:42:00 13 3/09 05:51:00 13 4h 9m 7h 48m 7.95 ✔ ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/09 17:52:00 13 3/09 18:11:00 11 0h 19m 12h 1m 4.99 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/10 13:40:00 11 3/10 17:51:00 11 4h 11m 18h 29m 4.60 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/10 23:59:00 11 3/11 03:16:00 11 3h 17m 6h 8m 6.52 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/11 09:28:00 11 3/11 13:23:00 10 3h 55m 6h 12m 8.06 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/11 20:42:00 10 3/11 22:25:00 10 1h 43m 7h 19m 6.56 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 05:24:00 10 3/12 13:24:00 10 8h 0m 6h 59m 6.59 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 20:01:00 10 3/12 20:02:00 10 0h 1m 6h 37m 8.31 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/12 23:03:35 10 3h 1m 7.29 ✔ ✔ 22