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Going beyond Balto, film shows life-saving dog run

December 5, 2013 • National News


In this March 2010 photo provided by Anker Productions, a film crew follows a dog team during the making of the documentary “Icebound,” in Nenana, Alaska. The movie detailing a 1925 delivery of life-saving serum by Alaska sled dog relay teams is opening the Anchorage International Film Festival on Friday Dec. 6, 2013. The 5 ½-day run to Nome after a diphtheria breakout was done by New York filmmaker Daniel Anker. (AP Photo/Anker Productions, Daniel Anker)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A deadly epidemic had gripped a gold rush town in the impenetrable U.S. territory of Alaska nearly 90 years ago, transfixing the nation.

A cure existed, but there was no way to deliver it. There were no roads available, and air supply drops weren’t an option.

The only solution was a nearly 700-mile sled dog relay in 1925 to deliver a life-saving serum to those threatened by a diphtheria outbreak in the rugged coastal town of Nome.

A new film, “Icebound,” documents the race against death and will open the Anchorage International Film Festival this week. The 95-minute picture is narrated by Patrick Login to read more

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