Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A Vaccine Race ... With Dogs

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race was one of the few spring 2020 American sports events not cancelled or postponed by the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.

The winner: Thomas Waerner of Norway and his dog team, who completed the 1,000-mile race in 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes, 47 seconds.

Waerner is the fourth non-Alaskan and the third musher from Norway — the second in three years — to win the Iditarod.

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race commemorates the 674-mile 1925 diphtheria serum run to Nome completed by 20 mushers and about 150 sled dogs in 5 ½ days, saving the small town of Nome.

When was the diphtheria vaccine first created, and what’s that have to do with dogs? See here for that story.

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