Once upon a time there was a small town in Alaska called Nome. The people of the town were very sick and didn't have the needed medicine. It was the dead of winter and the planes were broken. The townspeople needed another way to transport the medicine more than 500 miles so it was sent by train to the town of Nenana. There it was given to a sled dog team. This team was the first of 20 who would travel, relay style, to reach Nome. The medicine was delivered at 5:30 on the morning of February 2, 1925. The lead sled dog of that team, Balto, was honored with a statue in Central Park.