March 23, 2017

Musher Details

2017 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 41
Hometown: Two Rivers, Alaska
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Biography

Aliy Zirkle, 47, 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 Anthropology 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 18 years and says she “enjoys the community and the surrounding wild lands.” Aliy lists her occupation as “dog musher” and ran the Yukon Quest three years and won that race in 2000. She has finished the Iditarod 15 times. “Iditarod is my passion, my job, my life…Alaskan husky sled dogs are the focus of my life. We breed, raise and train the best individual dogs we possibly can at SP Kennel in Two Rivers. I began mushing dogs over 20 years ago because I enjoyed dogs. I still do. We have some of the most talented, fun-loving, dedicated sled dogs in the world so racing them on the largest stage in the world –the Iditarod—seems only fitting!” Aliy has two adult step daughters, Bridgett and Jennifer. When asked what she enjoys, she says “exploring Alaska and drinking good coffee.”

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2017 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Fairbanks 3/06 12:18:00 16
Nenana 3/06 17:36:00 16 3/06 20:21:00 16 2h 45m 5h 18m 11.32 60
Manley 3/07 08:47:00 16 3/07 09:06:00 16 0h 19m 12h 26m 7.24 90
Tanana 3/07 21:00:00 16 3/08 02:25:00 16 5h 25m 11h 54m 5.55 66
Ruby 3/08 23:23:00 16 3/09 07:40:00 15 8h 17m 20h 58m 5.68 ✔ 119
Galena 3/09 13:33:00 15 3/10 14:37:00 14 25h 4m 5h 53m 8.50 ✔ ✔ 50
Huslia 3/11 03:45:00 14 3/11 04:01:00 13 0h 16m 13h 8m 6.24 ✔ ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/11 20:01:00 13 3/12 01:03:00 13 5h 2m 16h 0m 5.38 ✔ ✔ 86
Nulato 3/12 04:21:00 13 3/12 04:22:00 13 0h 1m 2h 18m 9.57 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/12 08:52:00 13 3/12 09:13:00 13 0h 21m 4h 30m 10.44 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/13 01:03:00 13 3/13 05:03:00 12 4h 0m 15h 50m 5.37 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/13 10:45:00 12 3/13 13:54:00 12 3h 9m 5h 42m 7.02 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 20:43:00 12 3/14 01:20:00 11 4h 37m 6h 49m 7.33 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/14 07:40:00 11 3/14 09:53:00 10 2h 13m 6h 20m 7.58 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 16:39:00 10 3/15 00:42:00 9 8h 3m 6h 46m 6.80 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 07:41:00 9 3/15 07:42:00 9 0h 1m 6h 59m 7.88 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 10:49:42 9 3h 7m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 22