Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Iditarod Update

going thru Finger Lake to Rainy Pass checkpoint

Mushers entered the Rohm Checkpoint (263 miles from Anchorage) last night and are now heading for the Nikolai checkpoint. The mushers are making about 8 to 9 miles an hour.

Aliy Zirkle was the first out of Rohm last night with her 16 dogs

Aliy Zirkle, 41, 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’s lived in Two Rivers for the last 14 years and says she “enjoys the community and the surrounding wild lands.” Aliy lists her occupation as “dog musher” and has finished the Iditarod 10 years. She and her husband, Allen Moore, also an Iditarod musher, share the kennel. Aliy has two adult step daughters, Bridgett and Jennifer. She says she enjoys guiding novice dog mushers on wilderness adventure trips around Alaska.

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