Posted by Barbara Swenson

Iditarod Musher Aliy Zirkle is thrilled to join AER on Wednesday, November 22 as our guest speaker for our annual Military Appreciation luncheon.  Aliy will break from her racing season training to share in the opportunity to recognize and thank our service men & women for the phenomenal job they do every day to preserve our freedom and keep us safe!

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 is the only woman to ever win the Yukon Quest 1,000-mile race!  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 and 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 Huskies are and their incredible dedication to us as human beings. I am amazed year after year by my dogs.”