March 4, 2021

The 49th running of the Iditarod Dogsled Race will begin on March 8, 2021. The race commemorates (at least around here) the 1925 serum run from Anchorage to Nome, when teams of mushers faced blizzard conditions to bring life-saving serum to victims of a diphtheria epidemic. Balto was the lead dog of the team that reached Nome. Balto is enshrined at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in a display the tells the story of this heroic run. I believe every Cleveland kid learned about Balto in elementary school. At least they did when I was in school.

Official Iditarod site

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