December 12, 2018

Musher Details

2008 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 17
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

Horizon Lines, LLC
Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food, IN
Dr. Jean Battig/Chena Ridge Vet Clinic
Reilly's - An Irish Bar in Alaska
Ann Shillington, GA
Fred Zera, NC
Lynn Budzak, WI
Shelly Smith & family, OR
Roger Wasson
Tom Swain
Tom Eckhoff, PA
Julie Verrette,WI
Jan Reinhardt, PA
Lynne Davidson, WA

Jeff Long, TN
Wright Air Service
David Pennes, MI
Tim Esias, PA
Tom Kenaston, FL
Beaver Sports
Folkestone Inn, NC
Hawthorne Suites
Midnight Sun Brewing Company
Macgellan, WA
Bill Ferguson
Carol Andrews, CA
Mike Jaskoweitz, VA
Suzi Reno, TX


2008 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/01 10:35:00 12
Willow 3/02 14:30:00 16
Yentna 3/02 18:14:00 16 3/02 18:17:00 16 0h 3m 3h 44m 11.25 42
Skwentna 3/02 23:46:00 16 3/02 23:51:00 16 0h 5m 5h 29m 6.20 34
Finger Lake 3/03 09:57:00 16 3/03 09:59:00 16 0h 2m 10h 6m 4.46 45
Rainy Pass 3/03 13:29:00 16 3/03 19:00:00 16 5h 31m 3h 30m 8.57 30
Rohn 3/03 23:36:00 16 3/04 04:45:00 16 5h 9m 4h 36m 10.43 48
Nikolai 3/04 19:21:00 16 3/04 19:27:00 16 0h 6m 14h 36m 5.14 75
McGrath 3/05 01:58:00 16 3/05 08:09:00 16 6h 11m 6h 31m 8.29 54
Takotna 3/05 10:39:00 16 3/05 10:48:00 16 0h 9m 2h 30m 7.20 18
Ophir 3/05 13:45:00 16 3/05 20:30:00 15 6h 45m 2h 57m 8.47 25
Cripple 3/06 08:53:00 15 3/07 11:36:00 13 26h 43m 12h 23m 4.76 ✔ 59
Ruby 3/08 00:08:00 13 3/08 06:10:00 12 6h 2m 12h 32m 8.94 ✔ 112
Galena 3/08 13:12:00 12 3/08 21:12:00 12 8h 0m 7h 2m 7.39 ✔ ✔ 52
Nulato 3/09 04:53:00 12 3/09 09:37:00 12 4h 44m 6h 41m 7.78 ✔ ✔ 52
Kaltag 3/09 14:48:00 12 3/09 19:57:00 12 5h 9m 5h 11m 8.10 ✔ ✔ 42
Unalakleet 3/10 07:22:00 12 3/10 13:11:00 11 5h 49m 11h 25m 7.88 ✔ ✔ 90
Shaktoolik 3/10 19:45:00 11 3/11 01:43:00 11 5h 58m 6h 34m 6.40 ✔ ✔ 42
Koyuk 3/11 08:56:00 11 3/11 13:13:00 11 4h 17m 7h 13m 6.65 ✔ ✔ 48
Elim 3/11 19:38:00 11 3/11 21:39:00 11 2h 1m 6h 25m 7.48 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 04:34:00 11 3/12 12:34:00 11 8h 0m 6h 55m 6.65 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/12 19:19:00 11 3/12 19:22:00 11 0h 3m 6h 45m 8.15 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/12 22:10:21 11 2h 48m 7.86 ✔ ✔ 22