March 7, 2019
Zirkle arrived at the Iditarod’s namesake checkpoint early Thursday
IDITAROD, Alaska – Aliy Zirkle led Iditarod competitors into the race’s halfway point Thursday morning, winning the GCI Dorothy G. Page Award. As the first musher into the Iditarod’s namesake checkpoint, Zirkle will take home a trophy and $3,000 in gold nuggets.
Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle and GCI Technician Bob James pose with the GCI Dorothy G. Page Award.
“I’d like to extend a sincere congratulations from all of us at GCI to Aliy and their amazing dog team for this incredible accomplishment. There’s still a lot of race left to go, but making it this far, this fast is no easy feat,” said GCI Chief Marketing Officer Kate Slyker. “From the ceremonial start in Anchorage to the burled arch in Nome, GCI is proud to be a longtime sponsor of the Last Great Race.”
GCI is a Principle Partner and Official Communication Sponsor of the 2019 Iditarod, connecting checkpoints along the trail to laptops, mobile phones and living rooms across the globe. GCI has been a leading supporter of the race since 1994.
GCI is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Over the past 5 years, GCI has donated more than $10 million in cash, products, scholarships and grants to Alaska organizations. GCI provides employees with 16 hours of paid leave to volunteer with local organizations. In 2018, more than 660 GCI employees volunteered nearly 8,200 hours. For more information about how GCI supports organizations across Alaska, visit https://www.gci.com/why-gci/gcigives.
GCI provides data, mobile, video, voice and managed services to consumer and business customers throughout Alaska and nationwide. Headquartered in Alaska, GCI has delivered services for nearly 40 years to some of the most remote communities and in some of the most challenging conditions in North America. Learn more about GCI at www.gci.com. GCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of GCI Liberty, Inc. (Nasdaq: GLIBA, GLIBP). Learn more about GCI Liberty at www.gciliberty.com.