GCI technician Bob James presented Zirkle with the Halfway Award today. In choosing between the iPhone or the gold nuggets, Zirkle opted for the latter. 

"I can't share my phone with Allen my husband, but I can share my gold. So, this is for Allen and me," she said.

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Aliy Zirkle was the first musher to reach the Iditarod checkpoint, the halfway point of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Zirkle arrived at 1:38 a.m. with 14 dogs.

Zirkle is the winner of the Dorothy G. Page Halfway Award which is sponsored by GCI. She has a choice of either a new iPhone XS 64GB in gold or $3,000 in gold nuggets.

As of this writing, the Iditarod GPS tracker shows that Zirkle is resting in Iditarod.

Zirkle laughed when asked at the checkpoint if she would be continuing forward.

"That's funny," she said.

This is the 25th year for the award and it honors the late “Mother of the Iditarod,” Dorothy G. Page. The award will be represented in Nome at the Iditarod awards banquet on Sunday, March 17, at the Nome Recreation Center.

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