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Paul Asay - published on 04/21/18

Balto (1919-1933)

Film: Balto (1995)

BALTO
Wikipedia PD | Universal City Studios Inc. Amblin Entertainment Inc.

A deadly diphtheria epidemic was raging in upper Alaska in the winter of 1925, and the children of Nome were at grave risk. Alas, the only serum was in Anchorage, more than 600 miles away. And with a massive blizzard hammering the territory, it looked nigh impossible to get the medicine to the town on time. The only option: Dog sleds. Several sleds took part, but Norwegian Gunnar Kaasen and lead dog Balto pushed through the final stretch — staying on the trail in whiteout conditions and saving the rest of the team at the Topkok River. When the team cruised into Nome with the serum intact, Kaasen was naturally greeted as a hero. But Kaasen deflected some of the praise to Balto, his four-legged partner. Not only were the children saved, but the event inspired the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which takes place every winter.

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