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Aliy Zirkle

Bib Number: 19
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

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Pleasant Valley Store
North Pole Vet Hospital

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Head-Lites.com, CANADA
SPK Dog Sponsors and Team Members


2019 Standings

Checkpoint Time In Dogs In Time Out Dogs Out Rest Time Previous Layover Status Distance
Enroute Time Speed (mph) 8hr 24hr
Willow 3/03 14:34:00 14
Yentna 3/03 18:36:00 14 3/03 18:38:00 14 0h 2m 4h 2m 10.41 42
Skwentna 3/04 00:43:00 14 3/04 00:47:00 14 0h 4m 6h 5m 4.93 30
Finger Lake 3/04 05:29:00 14 3/04 08:32:00 14 3h 3m 4h 42m 8.51 40
Rainy Pass 3/04 11:43:00 14 3/04 15:19:00 14 3h 36m 3h 11m 9.42 30
Rohn 3/04 19:12:00 14 3/04 19:54:00 14 0h 42m 3h 53m 9.01 35
Nikolai 3/05 08:58:00 14 3/05 12:54:00 14 3h 56m 13h 4m 5.74 75
McGrath 3/05 19:47:00 14 3/06 00:00:00 14 4h 13m 6h 53m 6.97 48
Takotna 3/06 02:35:00 14 3/06 02:38:00 14 0h 3m 2h 35m 6.97 18
Ophir 3/06 06:04:00 14 3/06 08:09:00 14 2h 5m 3h 26m 6.70 23
Iditarod 3/07 01:38:00 14 3/08 02:46:00 14 25h 8m 17h 29m 4.58 ✔ 80
Shageluk 3/08 09:57:00 14 3/08 12:23:00 14 2h 26m 7h 11m 7.66 ✔ 55
Anvik 3/08 15:44:00 14 3/08 15:47:00 14 0h 3m 3h 21m 7.46 ✔ 25
Grayling 3/08 18:20:00 14 3/08 23:35:00 14 5h 15m 2h 33m 7.06 ✔ 18
Eagle Island 3/09 06:58:00 14 3/09 11:14:00 13 4h 16m 7h 23m 8.40 ✔ 62
Kaltag 3/09 22:24:00 13 3/10 07:37:00 13 8h 13m 11h 10m 5.37 ✔ ✔ 60
Unalakleet 3/10 20:43:00 13 3/11 01:00:00 12 4h 17m 13h 6m 6.49 ✔ ✔ 85
Shaktoolik 3/11 06:40:00 12 3/11 10:20:00 11 3h 40m 5h 40m 7.06 ✔ ✔ 40
Koyuk 3/11 19:21:00 11 3/12 00:29:00 11 5h 8m 9h 1m 5.55 ✔ ✔ 50
Elim 3/12 08:06:00 11 3/12 12:11:00 11 4h 5m 7h 37m 6.30 ✔ ✔ 48
White Mountain 3/12 19:47:00 11 3/13 03:47:00 11 8h 0m 7h 36m 6.05 ✔ ✔ 46
Safety 3/13 13:16:00 11 3/13 13:42:00 11 0h 26m 9h 29m 5.80 ✔ ✔ 55
Nome 3/13 17:26:56 11 3h 44m 5.89 ✔ ✔ 22