Mushers place in races

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A thousand miles is quite a trip -- especially by dog and sled through the wilderness. Allen Moore of Two Rivers, Alaska, a native of Manila, completed the 2011 Yukon Quest Race with an impressive sixth place finish. He finished the race on Feb. 16. He also was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.

Allen Moore with Cha Cha and Ranger. (photos provided)

Three weeks later Moore was ready for the Iditarod, the 1,000 mile trail sled dog race from Anchorage to Nome. He finished in 24th place (out of 62 racers) and again won the Sportsmanship Award.

Moore did not even think about where he would place in the race as he turned aside during the race to assist a fellow musher, Karin Hendrickson. According to reports, she was in trouble - soaking wet, cramping, and getting hypothermic.

Moore said when he reached her she was dizzy. He helped her to her feet and walked her around giving her fluids before attaching Hendrickson's team to the back of his own.

Moore said Hendrickson was not disqualified for attaching to a fellow musher's sled because it was a safety matter and neither gained a competitive advantage.

Aliy Zirkle-Moore with Quito and Nacho.

Moore helped her to the next check point encouraging her to continue after she rested. Hendrickson did continue, but later she did scratch.

Moore went on to finish the race.

Moore's wife, Aliy Zirkle, a veteran musher, finished the Iditarod in 11th place. She received the Humanitarian Award.

Moore's mother, Donnie Moore, of Manila, was among family and friends at Nome waiting to congratulate Aliy and Allen as they arrived across the finish line.

Donnie said it was great to be there again. She has been at the finish line in Nome four or five times.

"I am glad I was there this year," she said. "The banquet was very nice and I am glad I could be there when they received their sportsmanship and humanitarian awards. Allen's daughter, Bridgett, and her husband, Scotty Watkins, live in Nome. Their home was filled with family and friends. We had such a nice time."

Allen's other daughter, Jennifer Smith, and family live in Fairbanks.

Donnie said she enjoyed seeing her son, granddaughters and her great-grandson, Jacob Allen.

Aliy and Allen own Skunk's Place Kennel, a premier sled dog kennel, in Two Rivers.

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