Aliy Zirkle 4th to Nome in 2019 Iditarod
Beloved musher Aliy Zirkle has completed her 19th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Wednesday evening, finishing in fourth place.
She arrived in Nome at 5:26 p.m. with 11 dogs in harness. She finished her race in 10 days, 2 hours and 26 minutes.
Wearing bib No. 19 in 2019 on her 19th run, Zirkle earlier said she hoped it would be a lucky combination to finally grab the win she's been chasing.
That wouldn't be the case with two other veteran mushers fighting to the finish. Peter Kaiser arrived at the burled arch Wednesday at 3:39 a.m. with eight dogs. He finished the race in 9 days, 12 hours and 39 minutes. Joar Leifseth Ulsom came in a close second, finishing the race at 3:51 a.m., just 12 minutes later.
Jessie Royer, the 42-year-old veteran musher from Idaho, checked in to Nome at 9:34 a.m. Wednesday, taking third place in the 2019 Iditarod.
This is Zirkle's seventh time placing in the top 10 and her third sixth time making it into the top five; all of which has been achieved since 2012.
The highest she's finished was second place in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Last year, she dropped to finish in 15th place. However, a strong run in 2019 — including her arriving first to the Iditarod checkpoint and winning the Dorothy G. Page Halfway award — shows that she's still a fierce competitor in the sport.
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