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The Original 1925 Serum Run Story
The History of the 1025 "Race to Nome"

 

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The original Serum Run occurred in 1925, when a diphtheria outbreak occurred in Nome in the dead of winter.  The fastest method of delivery was by dog sled from the rail line in Nenana.  The 'Race To Nome' drew public attention across the nation, as 20 mushers and their teams bravely fought artic conditions to save lives in Nome. 

This was not a race for pride or honor, it was a race to save lives and every effort was made to get the Serum through.

For more detailed information and some great reading, I suggest you read the two books that have been written about  the original 'Race To Nome.

The Quick Story:

Information for the following text was gathered from 'The Race to Nome' by Kenneth A. Ungermann, which is out of print.  Kenneth attempted to compile as much accurate and factual information as he could about the Serum Race to produce the book.  It's an easy reading short book that gives you a good history of the Epidemic in Nome and the Race to save lives. 

 

While the race to Nome began when Dr. Curtis Welch in Nome diagnosed a Diphtheria outbreak.  With very little serum in Nome a call for help was sent out.  While serum was being rushed north the logistics of how to transport it Nome where settled.  It was decided that the fastest way to get the serum to Nome was to dog sled it over 600 miles from Nenana.  Initially one musher was going to make the trip, then a second musher starting from the other end would meet him on the trail. Later it was decided a relay of mushers and dog teams would cover the 647 mile trail.  The best mushers from each community along the way was selected.  Dog teams where assemble by selecting the best dogs from all the teams.  This was not a race for pride or honor, it was a race to save lives and every effort was made to get the Serum through.

There are many background stories behind the decision mush the serum to Nome, and behind the 20 mushers and their journey's, which you can find by reading the books about the 1925 'Race to Nome'. 

 

 

 

"The Race to Nome" by Kenneth A. Ungermann

This book is out of print but may still be found at used book stores like Title Wave Bookswww.half.com or www.amazon.com

This is an quick read, and covered more of the details of each individual mushers journey on the trail along with some background information.

"The Cruelest Miles" by Gay and Laney Salisbury

This was published in 2003. This book provides more background and historic details surrounding the original run, with less detail on the mushers journey over the trail. Great Read!

Musher Coordinator, Erin Mclarnon & I, with Fritz in Nome 2006.

Fritz was a lesser know lead dog on the 1925 run.

 

Today's Serum Run Expedition travels the same route as those original 20 dog teams in attempt to keep the history alive.

 

 

Use the Links Below to Navigate my Serum Run Pages

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