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In late 1924, an epidemic of diphtheria broke out in Nome, Alaska, greatly affecting its Inuit children and the other inhabitants of the small town. It was decided that a relay of sled dog teams would be commissioned in the efforts to transport the antitoxin serum from Nenana to Nome. Shortly after, the Norwegian born dog breeder, musher, and owner of famous dogs Togo and Balto, Leonhard Seppala began to ready his sled dogs for the 600 mile trek. He, along with 20 other teams, was a part of the relay which delivered the life saving medicine to Nome. His team, with 12-year-old husky Togo in the lead, made a tremendous contribution to the relay efforts. They drove 170 miles to retrieve the medicine down in Shaktoolik, and 91 miles back north to the next check point at Golovin, traveling a total of 261 miles, farther than any other team.

Though Seppala's team ran the furtherest and just as diligently under the extreme weather conditions of blizzards and snow storms, it was Gunner Kaasen's team who completed the final leg of the relay, reaching Nome on February 2, 1925 with Balto as lead dog.

Kaasen and Balto became celebrities for finishing the the relay with medicine intact, the medicine which had a tremendous impact on Nome's fight against diphtheria. They were invited down to the lower 48 to star in a film about their heroic efforts, "Balto's Race to Nome."

The Annual Iditirod race held in Alaska is a tribute to what Balto, his fellow team, and the rest of the dog teams accomplished in the winter of 1925.

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No, he was not. The real Balto was 100% dog.

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What famous dog helped bring medicine to Alaska during an out break of diphtheria?

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Who is Balto and what heroic thing did he do?

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Who was Balto and why was he famous?

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