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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ID: So Close

Aliy and the SP Kennel Red Team have finished second, by just couple of minutes!

77 comments:

Dawn E said...

Aliy as always, kept what was important foremost in her race. The safety of her team and herself! Be proud of the accomplishment of this year and the records you set!
SO PROUD OF YOU!

Katerina said...

Aliy and Quito and the rest of the furry athletes, you are simply amazing!!!! The biggest inspiration ever!

LOVE YOU and Congratulations!

Cal OSME said...

Good run! Be proud! So happy you arrived safely.

Lourdes, VT said...

Congratulations Aliy and the Red Team. In my heart you WON the 2014 Iditarod!!!!

Carol Schiffler said...

Love to see that smile! Fantastic run Aliy! Big hugs to you and your team.

Anonymous said...

Great race Red Team. You have made us all proud!

Klaus Lembke Lembke said...

...the legendary bright smile :-)

Krista Moore- Ar said...

So proud of you.

Cathy Pearson said...

So proud of you, Aliy and the Red Team! You gave it your all!

Terry,MacTIER ONT said...

GREAT RACE !!glad everyone is home safe.. now to wait for Allen and the new puppies.
You are still FIRST in my books!
YEAH! SPK TEAM still winners..

Rachel L. said...
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Harry W. said...

It's tough to be so close and not hit the line first. Kudos to Aliy and the entire team, you ran one heck of a race and everyone is proud of you.

Bet the dogs will be enjoying those steaks!

Amy Falise said...

It was a truly phenomenal race! I have witness history in the making and am thrilled. What an exciting and nail-biter finish. And Aliy being the true sportsman she is jumps off her sled to give Dallas a hug! She is a truly classy woman and a champion!

A-town's Becky said...

Awesome job Aliy and Red Team

Aliy VS Aliy

If my math is right...

Aliy 2014 finished the Iditarod in less than 8 days 14 hours!

and, I believe...

over 15 hours faster than

Aliy 2012!!!

Aliy 2014 is absolutely Superb.

I am so proud of you, and so proud you took care of yourself and your team and got to Nome safely through that storm.

Anonymous said...

Aliy, you will always be number one to your fans. Your care and commitment to your dogs puts you in our hearts and shows the true dog-first spirit. Congratulations from Hoss, and Tom and Cindy in Pennsylvania!! Well done.

Nessmuk said...

You did great girl!! So very proud!! You did your BEST and we all know and appreciate your effort! Your smile warms our hearts....you just faced a life and death mushing experience and you came through with a smile!! You got a lot to be proud of....and so do we as SPK Fans! Thanks to the SPK Crew and my fellow Dog Loggers....it's been nice sharing the race with you all!

Anonymous said...

She took Dallas' lead out of safety, of 9 minutes down to 2 minutes 22 seconds!

Leandro Helou said...

Amazing race!! Congratz!.. cheers from Argentina!

stormylntz said...

SO P-R-O-U-D of you, ALIY ZIRKLE! !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on a great run, Aliy, Quito and the rest of the SPkennel team!
Amazing that two teams crushed the previous record. Glad everyone is safe and sound in Nome.

Fay Wenger said...

We love you Red Team!

Sharona said...

Well-done!

tmcaleer said...

Aliy, you have victory ... you have and your team have won our hearts forever! What a wonderful sports woman and athlete you are. An amazing role model for others to emulate. We are so very proud of you and your entire team that supports your efforts!

Best, Trish McAleer

Kiz said...

Fabulous race - glad the team made it safely to Nome. Proud of you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Aliy on an incredible race. I continue to be impressed and amazed by you and your fabulous canine athletes - champions all. It's an honor to be a sponsor of SPK.
Ann Shillington

Deb said...

Congratulations Aliy! What a race. You and your team are safe and you came in with a smile on your face. You know what's important.

Ingrid said...

What an amazing finish to an amazing race!
Aliy and her fantastic team could not have been more winners than they are if they had crossed the finish line first.
So very, very happy that the Red Team arrived safely, and that's the most important thing.
What a night!!! Rest is well deserved for all of you.
Cheers and Blessings,
Ingrid and Russ, Canada

Anonymous said...

Silver, silver, silver ~ for a woman with a heart of gold. So proud !

What an AMAZING group of athletes and their girl !

Sending love & good cheer across the miles.
eyes to the moon
Team Miller
Live long & prosper ~

Anonymous said...

Yay Red Team and Aliy!! You ran your race and that was such an awesome 1000 mile run. You were so right to stop in Safety to rest and regroup. It was a harrowing experience in that wind and fighting for your and the doggies lives. The puppies and you are very important to so many. A well deserved rest and recoup before Allen and the Black team come in. SPKennel rocks the trail!!

artgyrll said...

What a phenomenal race Aliy! You did the right thing in Safety, taking care of your champion teammates. Congrats on your record breaking finish. So relieved you are all safe. Best of luck to Allen as he finishes his run.

Boris said...

Dear Aliy,

my son Tilman and his science class here in NJ were following you throughout the race and were really excited that you did that well. A couple of days ago we had no idea about sled dog racing and now we know so much about it. Great. Thanks so much!

The Laymans said...

Congratulations to Aliy and the awesome canine athletes! We are proud of you all! You, Allen, your canine athletes, and everyone involved at SPKennel are champions to us!

Holly Freeman said...

Fantastic race Red Team!! Thank you for racing masterfully and keeping your team SAFE from harm!

Congratulations on a twisty, turn
race that kept us all riveted.
YOU ARE ROCK STARS facing that storm head on and slimming the Dallas lead to a ribbon.

Get some rest and pampering!

Anonymous said...

Great job Aliy and the Red Team! Wow, we couldn't be more proud.

Anonymous said...

Great job Aliy and the Red Team! Wow, we couldn't be more proud.

marilyn cozzens said...

Great race Aliy. Sp proud of you and team. Fantastic race & finish. we are so proud of you. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the most exciting race ever!!!

I am in awe.

And oh so proud of SP Kennel and the Red Team!!!

--Margaret
P.S. Ditto to all the nice things everyone else has said!!!

Recfun1co said...

Well done, Aliy! So glad you made it safely! Rest up, Champ!

Anonymous said...

Good run Aliy and team!!! So close!!!
Now watching to see how Allen and the young team are doing... :)

We love you guys!
Crystal from Florida

Recfun1co said...

Well done, Aliy! So glad that you stayed safe on this unpredictable trail. Rest up, Champ!

Recfun1co said...

Well done, Aliy! So glad you made it safely! Rest up, Champ!

Lisa B said...

Really really really great racing Red Team! I'm always so impressed by what the fabulous SPK canines and their musher "parents" can do. Aliy & Quito rock!

Anonymous said...

aliy congratulations! you and your pups did an awesome race considering how tuff or i should say lack of snow there is on the trails and I hope your leg heals quickly.

Jennie B. said...

Absolutely amazing, Aliy. I agree with what someone said above. YOU AND YOUR DOGS WON THIS RACE! I think the many, many people on the finish line chanting your name over and over would agree with that. I hope you and the dog team take a big long rest now. You all deserve it!

Darcy Gillan said...

What an amazing race! Congratulations, Aliy and Red Team!! We are so proud of you! Thanks for all of the excitement!

Ali said...

Ally I have watched you race since the beginning, You are amazing and I am so proud of the job you have done. Congratulations on an amazing and exciting race.
Ali P

Kristen Kemerling said...

Congratulations Aliy and the Red Team! Aliy, your positive attitude and care for your dogs is outstanding and you embody the true spirit of the Iditarod. Your athleticism, humor, and grace is unparalleled and the joyful energy you and your team exude is amazing and contagious. You are not only an incredible musher–you are an incredible person!!! Thank you for bringing so much to so many!!!

Karen Morss said...

Awww you and your team are just AWESOME! It's been so thrilling to follow your journey. You are such an inspiration to women and girls all over the world! We are so PROUD of you!!!

Anonymous said...

The love and honor you show your canine teammates is inspiring. Congratulations!

Kathryn Northcut said...

Great race. Your win will come, but you're a winner to us already!

Kathryn Northcut said...

Great Race, Aliy! Your win will come, but you're already the winner to all your fans.

Kecia said...

Aliy you are such an inspiration! So proud of you and your team, congratulations on the amazing finish!

Billie Rhodes said...

So amazing Aliy! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! Congrats to you and your Red team on a great 2nd place finish! Hugs to you all!

Anonymous said...

Aliy

We all want you to reach your Iditarod goal. But I hope that you take pride in the every day, ongoing difference that you affect and, probably don't even realize the full extent. People who have never met you, love you and what you exude every day. That with determination and passion you can accomplish great things. For the young women and everyone who adopts this attitude--it is priceless and life changing. just listening to the crowd cheer volume when you arrived shows how much people appreciate you. Those of us who support you and the dogs--we don't care what place you finish because you have already won so much. But we will support your dreams and goals because of who you are and what you stand for. I'm assuming the planning starts now.

Heck if you can help LZi realize he is a big tough sled dog, you can do anything. And look at him go!!

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Unknown said...

Congrats Aliy.
Mike Flood

Unknown said...

Congrats Aliy.
Mike Flood

Wendy Fick said...

Aliy, I am so proud of you and how you ran this race. You are an inspiration to so many. Your hard work and love for your dogs makes you such a great role model. Everyone loves your big, beautiful smile and even though you may be dissapointed, please remember you and the Red Team are hero's to so many.

Looking forward to many more years of exciting racing from SP Kennels.

Sue said...

Race well run Aliy..Congratulations on making it to Nome in 2nd! and THATS a big deal! You put your dogs and your safety 1st and for that, your always a winner!! Rest well and rest well Quito and friends because next year is your year!!

Joe Kuhn In PA said...

2nd place and STILL SMILING ATTA Girl thanks again for another great ride on the Iditarod trail

Joe Kuhn In PA said...

2nd place and STIL SMILING ATTA Girl!! thanks again for another GREAT RIDE on the Iditarod tail

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Inge said...

You are truly amazing and a winner! Keep smiling!

Rachel L. said...

Great job, Aliy! The way you deal with life when it doesn't go your way has been really inspiring to me. We Iditarod fans in Northwest Ohio are SO proud of you!

Anonymous said...

Aliy I am sitting here full of running over emotions and have been since seeing you cross the finish line. I was yelling at Dallas and hoping something would go a rye for him and allow you to capture those 2 minutes and then add a few more to push you over the line. I am wiping my eye for I did so want you to take the winner place. Aliy you did take a very special place you finished within 2 minutes of the lead after 975 miles of grueling trail challenges and all you went through. YOU ARE & WILL ALWAYS BE A CHAMP! thank You for such a great race, you made it special. i sure would like to meet you some day. Get so well deserved rest along with the Red Team. Treat yourself to something special for you are special to all of us. Congratulations CHAMP! Welcome to Nome. Ron in AZ ragodfrey@yahoo.com

Kathryn Northcut said...

Thanks for smiling.

Kathryn Northcut said...

Thanks for smiling!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! We were all rooting for you all the way - what a race!! Thank you for keeping us informed and allowing us to be armchair mushers for this event. What diligence it had to take to get through that storm - very impressed.

Adrienne in Chicago said...

Alaska - where men are men and women are awesome! Congratulations on a fantastic race by an outstanding gal and her adorable team! And a big hug to Dee Dee - will wait for next year, girl! From a 60+er who follows the race from snow-overfilled Chicago. Next year we'll send it all to Alaska to help with the Burn.

Lisa - Illinois said...

Aliy - You are truly an inspiration to all of us! The teams dedication and perseverance and your compassion for the team and for the race are amazing. An absolutely fantastic run this year as always!

Unknown said...

Congrat's Aliy and the Red Team!!! You guys ROCK!!! At the beginning I prayed for you to win--then as the race went on and the drama of injuries and broken sleds unfolded--I prayed for your safety. This has been such an unforseeable race and you perservered to the end!

Anonymous said...

Aliy congratulations to you and your team of superb athletes.From a Husky owner in Richmond,VA. It's been an inspirational thriller to follow your quest over the last week via the Iditarod app and your website posts.What a run of strength, heart and courage! Kodiaktopdog@verizon.net

weedabble said...

What struck me, was when Aliy said that it was "life and death mushing" because that was what I was thinking. When I read about Jeff King, I KNEW that Aliy would stop in Safety and protect her dogs...she always does what is right for her dogs and that is what makes her a superstar!!!
This year was an incredibly hard year for the Ididtarod, and I think that anyone who even finishes this race should have Champion after their name!
Aliy, your fans are so proud of you and the herculean effort you gave to this race...you put it all out there, and finished with that huge smile and Pride for everything you accomplished...A Champion in everyone's books, and my IDOL!!!

Joanne Dixon said...

You and your team ran an amazing race!!! Stellar in every way. Thank you for the care and dedication you give to your dogs. Look forward to the next one!
Amazed by your accomplishments!

Chris K said...

Great Run!!! You are still the best.
I have watched your career from the beginning, and you just keep on getting better. I will continue to follow you for as long as I can, and look forward to seeing you first under the arch.
Best to you and yours,
Chris Kriendler
formally of Arctic Circle Hot Springs.
Now living in God's waiting room, Florida.

Syd said...

Ally, your finish was a wonderful display of sportswomanship and grace. It's amazing that others weren't blown off the trail last night. Cheers, Syd

A frog in the US said...

Congratulation Aliy! What an epic race! And what a fantastic finish! I am in awe of what you and your team have accomplished.

Emily said...

Congratulations Aliy and the Red Team!! What an amazing performance! You continue to be an invaluable inspiration to dog sport and women everywhere. Thank you!

France said...

Congratulations thank you for a great race from start to finish be proud be very proud