Celebrating the Life-Saving Heroism of Alaskan Dog Mushers (and their Sled Dogs)
James J. S. Johnson, JD, ThD, CNHG
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10
Imagine a celebration of Siberian husky sled dogs, harnessed together as a racing team, guided by their human driver (called a “musher”), zooming across frigid snow trails in rural Alaska: this is what happens in a commemorative festival/event called the IDITAROD TRAIL RACE. (See the YouTube video footage below.)
The Iditarod is an outdoors reenactment-like celebration of dogsled mushing, to remember the heroic relay race – through day and night, blizzard winds, snow, and ice – to save human lives, during a life-or-death crisis in January-February AD1925, when a highly contagious diphtheria plague struck like a serial killer, menacing the almost-unreachable population of Nome, Alaska.