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Balto

by Serene from Yucaipa


Balto, a Siberian husky, is my hero because he led a sled dog team to Nenana, Alaska to run a crate of Diphtheria Antitoxin to his home town in Nome, Alaska. In Nome, there was a deadly disease going around.

Balto was born in 1919 in Nome, Alaska. He was six years old when he ran to Nenana to transport the Antitoxin. He ran almost 1,000 miles!


Balto achieved the 1925 run to Nenana and saved hundreds of lives! After that, Balto became a hero. After Balto became famous, Fredrick Roth sculpted a statue in his honor bearing this inscription: "Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed Antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, over treacherous water, through arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the winter of 1925. Endurance- Fidelity-Intelligence "


Balto died in 1933. After Balto died, he was mounted in a glass case and is now found in the Anchorage museum of Art & History in Anchorage, Alaska. He ran six hundred miles to Nenana and back and saved hundreds of young lives. He will surely be remembered for that! If I could meet Balto I would scream because I have never met a famous being before! Balto is my hero because he ran six hundred miles to Nenana and saved hundreds of lives. That's why Balto is my hero.

Page created on 5/22/2010 12:00:00 AM

Last edited 5/22/2010 12:00:00 AM

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