Aliy Zirkle, leading the 1200 mile Iditarod, cutting a corner tighty, fighting to keep her sled upright.
11 March 2012
IN PRAISE OF HARD WOMEN
ALIY ZIRKLE LEADS IDITAROD, TOUGHEST RACE IN THE WORLD
The Iditarod is truly The Greatest Race on Earth, 1200 miles running behind a dogsled just a fraction short of the Arctic Circle. It is the only modern race that bears comparison with the Marathon of the Ancient Greeks, the ultimate test.
Women run on equal terms with men. Aliy Zirkle, if she can stay in front of the hard men who want her spot (and a hard woman too, DeeDee Jonrowe, currently in tenth place), will be the third woman in 40 years to win.
Aliy Zirkle, ultra-endurance sled dog racer, with her characteristic big smile. Photo by Mike Criss.