June 19, 2018

Musher Details

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Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 31
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

Matson
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Comfort Inn Ship Creek, Anchorage
Kenai Satellite Phone
Leslie Dean/Don Hopwood
Verizon Wireless
Bob Huston

Pleasant Valley Store/Trailside Mail
Howling Dog Alaska, KS
T Rose Vet Service
North Pole Vet Hospital
Lynne Danielsonm, WA
Tom/Cindy Eckhoff, PA
SPK Dog Sponsor & Team Members

Awards

Humanitarian

2018 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/04 14:58:00 16
Yentna 3/04 18:50:00 16 3/04 18:51:00 16 0h 1m 3h 52m 10.86 42
Skwentna 3/04 22:29:00 16 3/05 02:00:00 16 3h 31m 3h 38m 8.26 30
Finger Lake 3/05 06:53:00 16 3/05 06:58:00 16 0h 5m 4h 53m 8.19 40
Rainy Pass 3/05 15:47:00 16 3/05 15:53:00 16 0h 6m 8h 49m 3.40 30
Rohn 3/05 20:15:00 16 3/05 20:35:00 16 0h 20m 4h 22m 8.02 35
Nikolai 3/06 11:00:00 16 3/06 15:06:00 15 4h 6m 14h 25m 5.20 75
McGrath 3/06 22:51:00 15 3/06 22:53:00 15 0h 2m 7h 45m 6.19 48
Takotna 3/07 01:46:00 15 3/08 03:00:00 15 25h 14m 2h 53m 6.24 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/08 05:38:00 15 3/08 05:47:00 15 0h 9m 2h 38m 8.73 ✔ 23
Iditarod 3/08 20:13:00 15 3/09 00:21:00 14 4h 8m 14h 26m 5.54 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/09 08:52:00 14 3/09 16:53:00 14 8h 1m 8h 31m 6.46 ✔ ✔ 55
Anvik 3/09 20:38:00 14 3/09 20:38:00 14 0h 0m 3h 45m 6.67 ✔ ✔ 25
Grayling 3/09 23:45:00 14 3/10 05:39:00 13 5h 54m 3h 7m 5.78 ✔ ✔ 18
Kaltag 3/11 05:12:00 13 3/11 10:32:00 13 5h 20m 22h 33m 5.41 ✔ ✔ 122
Unalakleet 3/12 01:16:00 13 3/12 06:14:00 10 4h 58m 14h 44m 5.77 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/12 12:41:00 10 3/12 18:02:00 10 5h 21m 6h 27m 6.20 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 03:07:00 10 3/13 09:14:00 10 6h 7m 9h 5m 5.50 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/13 16:25:00 10 3/13 20:26:00 10 4h 1m 7h 11m 6.68 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 03:59:00 10 3/14 11:59:00 10 8h 0m 7h 33m 6.09 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/14 18:43:00 10 3/14 18:45:00 10 0h 2m 6h 44m 8.17 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/14 21:42:22 10 2h 57m 7.46 ✔ ✔ 22