April 18, 2014

Musher Details

2013 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 27
Hometown: Two Rivers, Alaska
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Biography

Aliy Zirkle, 44, was born in New Hampshire. She spent her childhood in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology and came to Alaska in 1990, where she lived in a wall tent on the Alaskan Peninsula and worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. She’s lived in Two Rivers for the last 16 years and says she “enjoys the community and the surrounding wild lands.” Aliy lists her occupation as “dog musher” and has finished the Iditarod 12 times. “The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is part of my lifestyle at this point. Allen and I have a great kennel of SPK dogs and we work with them throughout the season: training them, encouraging them and conditioning them to their physical and mental peak. When the first weekend in March arrives, our kennel clears out because that is the goal of many of the dogs – to race in the Iditarod. My goal is to have a team of SP Kennel dogs win the Iditarod and look incredibly strong and upbeat at the finish line. These dogs are born and raised at our kennel and are as committed to the Iditarod as we mushers are! It makes our jobs much easier to have a group of happy, talented, upbeat team mates to work with and ultimately race the Iditarod.” Aliy has two adult step daughters, Bridgett and Jennifer. When asked what she enjoys, she says “a good cup of coffee.”

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