September 21, 2018

Musher Details

2016 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 13
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

Matson
Ruth Ann Nevils, MO
Lynne Davnielson, WA
Tom/Cindy Eckhoff, PA
Macgellan
Howling Dog Alaska
T Rose Vet Service
North Pole Vet Hospital

Mrs. Chevie McDonald, TX
Bob Huston(Raymond James Anchorage)
Verizon Wireless
Pleasant Valley Store
Comfort Inn at Ship Creek
Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food/WellPet, MA
All of the SP Kennel Dog Sponsors and Team Members

Awards

Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award — Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

2016 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/05 10:24:00 16 3/05 10:24:00 16 0h 0m
Willow 3/06 14:22:00 16
Yentna 3/06 18:35:00 16 3/06 18:36:00 16 0h 1m 4h 13m 9.96 42
Skwentna 3/06 22:11:00 16 3/07 02:05:00 16 3h 54m 3h 35m 8.37 30
Finger Lake 3/07 06:57:00 16 3/07 07:01:00 15 0h 4m 4h 52m 8.22 40
Rainy Pass 3/07 15:28:00 15 3/07 15:34:00 15 0h 6m 8h 27m 3.55 30
Rohn 3/07 19:46:00 15 3/07 20:01:00 15 0h 15m 4h 12m 8.33 35
Nikolai 3/08 09:55:00 15 3/08 14:00:00 15 4h 5m 13h 54m 5.40 75
McGrath 3/08 19:38:00 15 3/08 19:40:00 15 0h 2m 5h 38m 8.52 48
Takotna 3/08 21:59:00 15 3/10 00:25:00 15 26h 26m 2h 19m 7.77 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/10 02:46:00 15 3/10 02:52:00 15 0h 6m 2h 21m 9.79 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/10 15:33:00 15 3/10 15:45:00 15 0h 12m 12h 41m 5.76 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/11 04:24:00 15 3/11 04:32:00 15 0h 8m 12h 39m 5.53 ✔ 70
Galena 3/11 10:46:00 15 3/11 18:46:00 15 8h 0m 6h 14m 8.02 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/12 02:17:00 15 3/12 06:16:00 14 3h 59m 7h 31m 4.92 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/12 10:44:00 14 3/12 10:53:00 14 0h 9m 4h 28m 10.52 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/13 01:24:00 14 3/13 06:42:00 13 4h 18m 14h 31m 5.86 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/13 12:45:00 13 3/13 12:52:00 13 0h 7m 6h 3m 6.61 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 22:34:00 13 3/14 01:32:00 13 2h 58m 9h 42m 5.15 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/14 07:57:00 13 3/14 09:24:00 13 1h 27m 6h 25m 7.48 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 15:45:00 13 3/14 23:51:00 13 8h 6m 6h 21m 7.24 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 06:41:00 13 3/15 06:45:00 13 0h 4m 6h 50m 8.05 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 09:42:36 13 2h 57m 7.46 ✔ ✔ 22