December 11, 2017

Musher Details

2014 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 10
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

Horizon Lines of Alaska
Clarion Suites Downtown Anchorage
Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food, MA
North Pole Veterinary Hospital
TRose Veterinary Service
Gene’s Chrysler Dodge Ram
Quality Suites near Convention Center Anchorage
Pleasant Valley Store

Northern Outfitters FL
Howling Dog Alaska
Tom/Cindy Eckhoff, PA
Mrs. Chevie McDonald
SP Kennel Dog and Puppy Sponsors
SP Kennel Team Members
SP Kennel Dog Fans

Awards

Alaska Gold Coast — Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank
Fish First — Sponsored by Bristol Bay Native Corporation

2014 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 10:17:00 12
Willow 3/02 14:16:00 16
Yentna Station 3/02 18:04:00 16 3/02 18:07:00 16 0h 3m 3h 48m 11.05 42
Skwentna 3/02 21:09:00 16 3/03 00:50:00 15 3h 41m 3h 2m 9.89 30
Finger Lake 3/03 05:04:00 15 3/03 05:06:00 15 0h 2m 4h 14m 9.45 40
Rainy Pass 3/03 08:23:00 15 3/03 13:32:00 15 5h 9m 3h 17m 9.14 30
Rohn 3/03 17:12:00 15 3/03 17:22:00 15 0h 10m 3h 40m 9.55 35
Nikolai 3/04 07:34:00 15 3/04 11:39:00 15 4h 5m 14h 12m 5.28 75
McGrath 3/04 16:53:00 15 3/04 16:54:00 15 0h 1m 5h 14m 9.17 48
Takotna 3/04 19:06:00 15 3/05 21:06:00 15 26h 0m 2h 12m 8.18 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/05 23:06:00 15 3/05 23:25:00 15 0h 19m 2h 0m 11.50 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/06 11:45:00 15 3/06 11:56:00 15 0h 11m 12h 20m 5.92 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/07 00:09:00 15 3/07 00:18:00 14 0h 9m 12h 13m 5.73 ✔ 70
Galena 3/07 06:10:00 14 3/07 14:16:00 14 8h 6m 5h 52m 8.52 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/07 19:47:00 14 3/07 22:54:00 12 3h 7m 5h 31m 6.71 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/08 03:11:00 12 3/08 03:18:00 11 0h 7m 4h 17m 10.97 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/08 16:39:00 11 3/08 20:48:00 11 4h 9m 13h 21m 6.37 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/09 03:51:00 11 3/09 07:12:00 11 3h 21m 6h 3m 6.61 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/09 14:07:00 11 3/09 17:51:00 11 3h 44m 6h 55m 7.23 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/09 23:47:00 11 3/10 01:01:00 11 1h 14m 5h 56m 8.09 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/10 07:59:00 11 3/10 16:00:00 11 8h 1m 6h 58m 6.60 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/10 22:57:00 11 3/11 01:35:00 10 2h 38m 6h 57m 7.91 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/11 04:06:41 10 2h 31m 8.74 ✔ ✔ 22