Athenian - The Cruelest Mile

Professional Development Committee

The Cruelest Miles - By Gay Salisbury, Laney Salisbury

The Heroic Story of Dogs and Men in a Race Against an Epidemic.    When a deadly diphtheria epidemic swept through Nome, Alaska, in 1925, the local doctor knew that without a fresh batch of antitoxin, his patients would die. The lifesaving serum was a thousand miles away, the port was icebound, and planes couldn't fly in blizzard conditions―only the dogs could make it. The heroic  dash of dog teams across the Alaskan wilderness to Nome inspired the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and immortalized Balto, the lead dog of the last team whose bronze statue still stands in New York City's Central Park. This is the greatest dog story, never fully told until now.

COST = $100.00

Facilitator:  Deb Hladky  (Tami Kelly)

Hosted by Kathy Patton

Location: City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave., Medina, OH  44256

Hotel:  Holiday Inn Express, 5185 Gateway Drive, Medina, OH 44256

Rate:   $115.54  (with tax exempt form)  Contact: Kristina Asmann  330.722.6006


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