November 17, 2017

Musher Details

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Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 32
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
Ruth Ann Nevils, MO
Paula Medlin, AR
Tom/Cindy Eckhoff, PA
Macgellan
Ibex, NH
Algyval
Dixie Storage, LA
T Rose Vet Service

North Pole Vet Hospital
Mrs. Chevie McDonald, TX
Bob Huston (Raymond James Anchorage)
Gene’s Chrysler Dodge
Pleasant Valley Store
Comfort Inn at Ship Creek
Eagle Pack Natural Pet Food/WellPet, MA
Verizon Wireless
All of the SP Kennel Dog Sponsors and Team Members


2015 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/07 11:06:00 12
Fairbanks 3/09 11:00:00 16
Nenana 3/09 16:18:00 16 3/09 16:25:00 16 0h 7m 5h 18m 11.32 60
Manley Hot Springs 3/10 05:14:00 16 3/10 10:22:00 16 5h 8m 12h 49m 7.02 90
Tanana 3/10 16:55:00 16 3/10 22:17:00 16 5h 22m 6h 33m 10.08 66
Ruby 3/11 19:17:00 16 3/11 23:20:00 16 4h 3m 21h 0m 5.67 119
Galena 3/12 05:54:00 16 3/13 07:28:00 16 25h 34m 6h 34m 7.61 ✔ 50
Huslia 3/13 20:08:00 16 3/13 20:20:00 16 0h 12m 12h 40m 6.47 ✔ 82
Koyukuk 3/14 11:15:00 16 3/14 11:19:00 16 0h 4m 14h 55m 5.77 ✔ 86
Nulato 3/14 13:48:00 16 3/14 21:48:00 14 8h 0m 2h 29m 8.86 ✔ ✔ 22
Kaltag 3/15 02:34:00 14 3/15 02:48:00 14 0h 14m 4h 46m 9.86 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/15 18:06:00 14 3/15 22:59:00 13 4h 53m 15h 18m 5.56 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/16 05:42:00 13 3/16 06:55:00 13 1h 13m 6h 43m 5.96 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/16 15:18:00 13 3/16 21:11:00 13 5h 53m 8h 23m 5.96 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/17 06:10:00 13 3/17 10:31:00 13 4h 21m 8h 59m 5.34 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/17 19:09:00 13 3/18 03:24:00 13 8h 15m 8h 38m 5.33 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/18 11:30:00 13 3/18 11:35:00 13 0h 5m 8h 6m 6.79 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/18 14:44:25 13 3h 9m 6.98 ✔ ✔ 22