November 18, 2017

Musher Details

2016 Iditarod » Mushers » Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 13
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
Ruth Ann Nevils, MO
Lynne Davnielson, WA
Tom/Cindy Eckhoff, PA
Macgellan
Howling Dog Alaska
T Rose Vet Service
North Pole Vet Hospital

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

Awards

Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award — Sponsored by Alaska Airlines

2016 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Anchorage 3/05 10:24:00 16 3/05 10:24:00 16 0h 0m
Willow 3/06 14:22:00 16
Yentna 3/06 18:35:00 16 3/06 18:36:00 16 0h 1m 4h 13m 9.96 42
Skwentna 3/06 22:11:00 16 3/07 02:05:00 16 3h 54m 3h 35m 8.37 30
Finger Lake 3/07 06:57:00 16 3/07 07:01:00 15 0h 4m 4h 52m 8.22 40
Rainy Pass 3/07 15:28:00 15 3/07 15:34:00 15 0h 6m 8h 27m 3.55 30
Rohn 3/07 19:46:00 15 3/07 20:01:00 15 0h 15m 4h 12m 8.33 35
Nikolai 3/08 09:55:00 15 3/08 14:00:00 15 4h 5m 13h 54m 5.40 75
McGrath 3/08 19:38:00 15 3/08 19:40:00 15 0h 2m 5h 38m 8.52 48
Takotna 3/08 21:59:00 15 3/10 00:25:00 15 26h 26m 2h 19m 7.77 ✔ 18
Ophir 3/10 02:46:00 15 3/10 02:52:00 15 0h 6m 2h 21m 9.79 ✔ 23
Cripple 3/10 15:33:00 15 3/10 15:45:00 15 0h 12m 12h 41m 5.76 ✔ 73
Ruby 3/11 04:24:00 15 3/11 04:32:00 15 0h 8m 12h 39m 5.53 ✔ 70
Galena 3/11 10:46:00 15 3/11 18:46:00 15 8h 0m 6h 14m 8.02 ✔ ✔ 50
Nulato 3/12 02:17:00 15 3/12 06:16:00 14 3h 59m 7h 31m 4.92 ✔ ✔ 37
Kaltag 3/12 10:44:00 14 3/12 10:53:00 14 0h 9m 4h 28m 10.52 ✔ ✔ 47
Unalakleet 3/13 01:24:00 14 3/13 06:42:00 13 4h 18m 14h 31m 5.86 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/13 12:45:00 13 3/13 12:52:00 13 0h 7m 6h 3m 6.61 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/13 22:34:00 13 3/14 01:32:00 13 2h 58m 9h 42m 5.15 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/14 07:57:00 13 3/14 09:24:00 13 1h 27m 6h 25m 7.48 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/14 15:45:00 13 3/14 23:51:00 13 8h 6m 6h 21m 7.24 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/15 06:41:00 13 3/15 06:45:00 13 0h 4m 6h 50m 8.05 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/15 09:42:36 13 2h 57m 7.46 ✔ ✔ 22