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
Togo, pictured here with legendary sled-dog musher Leonhard Seppala, achieved fame when in 1925 he led a team of dogs to carry a diphtheria antitoxin on a long relay to Nome, Alaska, saving the isolated community from an epidemic.
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