A year after snowmobile attack, musher Aliy Zirkle to return to Iditarod

Aliy Zirkle, one of dog mushing’s leading figures, has suffered panic attacks in the year since she and musher Jeff King were attacked by a drunken snowmobile driver on an isolated stretch of the Iditarod race across Alaska. Both Zirkle and King are slated for the 2017 race.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — One of dog mushing’s leading figures has suffered panic attacks and undergone therapy in the year since she was stalked by a drunken snowmobile driver on an isolated stretch of the Iditarod race across Alaska.

“I had a really hard time this first half of the season, a really hard time,” musher Aliy Zirkle told The Associated Press on Friday.

Zirkle, who has five straight top-five finishes in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, plans to run in this year’s race, which starts March 6.

“I feel like I should tell people, ‘Yeah, I’m going back out there,’ but I wish I could say I was fine. But there will be some struggles out there,”…

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