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Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 26
Hometown: Two Rivers, Alaska
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Biography

Aliy Zirkle, 50, 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 26 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. Huskies, dog mushing and Iditarod have been the center of my life…not just ‘part of my life’ for over 20 years. However, over the past few years Allen and my lives have evolved. The dogs that were the life forces of our amazing teams have mostly retired or passed away. While we still have their amazing genetics and we still have our skills to train and race, we are admittedly following in the paw prints our our retired dogs. Allen will not be racing in 2021 after racing in 11 Iditarods and 10 Yukon Quests. After the 2021 race, I will retire as will many of the dogs that have brought me some of the greatest joys in my life. Let’s have a fantastic 2021!

Sponsors

Eagle Pack Pet Foods
Horizon Lines of Alaska
Alaska West Express
Randy & D’Ann Chappel
Mrs. Chevie McDonald
Mr. Sam Zirkle
Beaver Sports
Chena Ridge Vet Clinic
Eagle Pack Holistic Natural Pet Foods
Horizon Lines of Alaska
Beaver Sports
Chena Ridge Veterinary Clinic
Reilly’s – An Anchorage Irish Pub
Folkstone Inn
Wright Air Service
Randy & D’Ann Chappel

Ken & Amy Wheaton
Tom Eckhoff
Mrs. Robert McDonald
Sam Zirkle
Mr & Mrs. Jerry Farrington
Folkestone Inn, NC
Myles & Creighton Consulting, LLC
Alaska West Express
Carol Andrews
Patrons of the Pioneer Bar , The Buckaroo and Reilly’s
Bill Ferguson
Mary Ann & Jean Eschrich
Caroline Hite
Hank Hiller
Jan & Suye Suwinski
Mike Jaskifwicz


2006 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/04 10:55:00 12
BLM 3/04 12:02:00 12 1h 7m 0.00
Willow 3/05 14:48:00 16 3/05 14:48:00 16 0h 0m 59
Yentna 3/05 18:26:00 16 3/05 18:26:00 16 0h 0m 3h 38m 12.39 45
Skwentna 3/06 00:11:00 16 16 5h 45m 5.91 34
Finger Lake 3/06 09:58:00 16 3/06 10:03:00 15 0h 5m 45
Rainy Pass 3/06 13:42:00 15 3/06 19:44:00 15 6h 2m 3h 39m 8.22 30
Rohn 3/07 00:01:00 15 3/07 00:11:00 15 0h 10m 4h 17m 11.21 48
Nikolai 3/07 14:37:00 15 3/07 19:45:00 14 5h 8m 14h 26m 6.44 93
McGrath 3/08 02:18:00 14 3/08 02:21:00 14 0h 3m 6h 33m 7.33 48
Takotna 3/08 04:59:00 14 3/09 06:57:00 14 25h 58m 2h 38m 8.73 ✔ 23
Ophir 3/09 09:14:00 14 3/09 09:20:00 14 0h 6m 2h 17m 16.64 ✔ 38
Cripple 3/09 23:30:00 14 3/09 23:43:00 14 0h 13m 14h 10m 4.24 ✔ 60
Ruby 3/10 15:00:00 14 3/10 23:00:00 14 8h 0m 15h 17m 7.33 ✔ ✔ 112
Galena 3/11 05:20:00 14 3/11 11:35:00 14 6h 15m 6h 20m 8.21 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/11 17:35:00 14 3/11 22:11:00 14 4h 36m 6h 0m 8.67 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/12 03:24:00 14 3/12 03:37:00 14 0h 13m 5h 13m 8.05 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/12 22:57:00 14 3/13 04:42:00 12 5h 45m 19h 20m 4.66 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/13 10:45:00 12 3/13 13:44:00 11 2h 59m 6h 3m 6.61 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 21:33:00 11 3/13 21:42:00 10 0h 9m 7h 49m 7.42 ✔ ✔ 58
Elim 3/14 10:45:00 10 3/14 12:30:00 10 1h 45m 13h 3m 3.68 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 20:04:00 10 3/15 04:07:00 9 8h 3m 7h 34m 6.08 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 11:28:00 9 3/15 11:30:00 9 0h 2m 7h 21m 7.48 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 14:36:50 9 3h 6m 7.10 ✔ ✔ 22