1,000 mile Dog Sled Race North of 60
The Rescue of Nome, 1925: The next time I feel the need to complain about the cold weather or grouse about having to drive to the corner drugstore for some medication, I’ll think about the 1925 serum run and the rescue of Nome, which became the inspiration for Saturday's Iditarod race. It was a group effort of 20 men, 150 dogs . . . and it is one of the most gripping and heroic stories in American history. Read their story in my blog!
Balto was the lead sled dog on the last leg of a famous, life-saving medical delivery to Nome, Alaska, in 1925. There was a serious outbreak of diphtheria in the city, and medical officials needed antitoxins to prevent the upper respiratory tract infection from spreading. The nearest doses were in Anchorage. Officials were forced to rely on dogsleds to deliver the antitoxins because the extreme cold made other modes of transport impossible. The run took seven days.
Correction: This article has been changed to reflect the following correction. Friday's article "Four-time Iditarod winner Jeff King returning to Yukon Quest in 2015" switched the orders of the Iditarod and the Kobuk 440 dog sled races. The Iditarod is held first, in March, with the Kobuk 440 race following in April.