Dog mushing harkens back to the early means of travel for the people of the Artic and the life-saving 1925 serum run. This extraordinary event brought a life-saving diphtheria vaccine to Nome that was devastated by the diphtheria pandemic. This wasn’t done by one person nor a successful science event in a far off land, but rather science depending on the will and determination of the human spirit and the tenacity of their Artic sled dogs.
Communities came together to relay the vaccine by dog sled to Nome. Along the way, neighbors helped neighbors and villages helped villages, people came together to save lives.
This year, we are running the Iditarod with the vaccine to commemorate the 1925 serum run, and highlight the hope that it brings not only to the people of Alaska but to the whole world, as we vaccinate, come together and heal our planet.
Science is only as good as the people who come together to share its opportunity, an opportunity we now have as Alaskans. In this year of hope, we are running to highlight the importance that the Covid vaccine can make, bringing health and safety to our people and elders, and bringing our communities back together.