Leonhard Seppala (1877 – 1967) was a Norwegian-born American Sled dog musher who played a pivotal role in the 1925 serum run to Nome and participated in the 1932 Winter Olympics. Seppala introduced the work dogs used by Native Siberians at the time to the American public; the breed came to be known as the Siberian Husky in the English-speaking world. The Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award, which honors excellence in sled dog care is named in honour of him
Gunnar Kasson with Balto, one of the heroic dogs that raced across Alaska to deliver diphtheria serum to Nome in More than 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs raced 674 miles in 126 hours (about days). The nighttime lows reached
Although sled dogs are now synonymous with Huskies, the Siberian Husky had not yet been bred in the early century. In fact, it is believed that Seppala himself developed the breed that we now recognize as the Husky.