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Bio

2016

Aliy Zirkle, 46, was born in New Hampshire. She spent her childhood in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology and Anthropology and came to Alaska in 1990, where she lived in a wall tent on the Alaskan Peninsula and worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. She’s lived in Two Rivers for the last 18 years and says she “enjoys the community and the surrounding wild lands.” Aliy lists her occupation as “dog musher” and has finished the Iditarod 15 times. “Iditarod is my passion, my job, my life…Alaskan husky sled dogs are the focus of my life. We breed, raise and train the best individual dogs we possibly can at SP Kennel in Two Rivers. I began mushing dogs over 20 years ago because I enjoyed dogs. I still do. We have some of the most talented, fun-loving, dedicated sled dogs in the world so racing them on the largest stage in the world –the Iditarod—seems only fitting!” Aliy has two adult step daughters, Bridgett and Jennifer. When asked what she enjoys, she says “exploring Alaska and drinking good coffee.”

Hometown: Two Rivers, AK

Aliy Zirkle, 43, was born in New Hampshire. She spent her childhood in New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, and Missouri. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Biology and came to Alaska in 1990, where she lived in a wall tent on the Alaskan Peninsula and worked for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. She moved from the "booming metropolis of Bettles, Alaska" to Two Rivers14 years ago and says she “enjoys the community and the surrounding wild lands.”

She began mushing in 1993 and said she started by running a trap line, then ran (and won) the Yukon Quest and now she's doing the Iditarod. For the last eight years has been a dog musher and a carpenter. She says that sled dogs are her life and her passion. She enjoys watching puppies grow, learn and eventually become part of a team with their siblings. "I consider the Iditarod not only a competition of the highest caliber, but also a celebration of true Arctic transportation. "I appreciate the trail crossing the magnificent state of Alaska and can think of no better mode of transportation I'd prefer than a dog team." Aliy is a member of the Two Rivers Dog Mushers and the IOFC. Aliy lists her occupation as “dog musher” and has finished the Iditarod 10 years.

She is married to Allen Moore, also a musher, shares a kennel and has two adult step children, Bridgett and Jennifer. She says she enjoys guiding novice dog mushers on wilderness adventure trips around Alaska and lists her hobby as "sitting in the hot tub watching the Northern Lights."

Results

Aliy was a musher in the 2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (2nd)
Aliy was a musher in the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (11th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (16th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (17th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2008 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (21st)
Aliy was a musher in the 2007 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (28th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2006 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (14th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2005 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (11th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2004 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (34th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2003 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (14th)
Aliy was a musher in the 2002 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (29th)
Aliy was a rookie musher in the 2001 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (33rd)

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