UPDATE 8 a.m. Friday
From Kevin Klott --
In 13 Iditarod finishes, Aliy Zirkle has racked up $225,239 in prize money. She added $1,000 more to that total Friday morning when she pulled into Galena first to win the Bristol Bay Native Corp. Fish First Award.
BOB HALLINEN — Anchorage Daily News
Along with the cash, the Two Rivers musher also bagged 25 pounds of Bristol Bay salmon and a commemorative jacket. She was also presented with a supply of canned salmon as well as smoked salmon strips to help fuel her down the Yukon River.
Zirkle, 44, will need all the sustenance she can get to capture her first Iditarod win and become the first woman to accomplish the feat since 1990, when Susan Butcher won her fourth Iditarod.
Zirkle checked into Galena at 6:10 a.m. after clocking the 50-mile run from Ruby in a little less than six hours. Her lead is hardly safe, though. Four-time champion Martin Buser, who left Ruby two hours and 26 minutes after Zirkle, is on his way along with Aaron Burmeister and Robert Sorlie.
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