This is a photograph of Togo, the lead dog of musher Leonhard Seppala, one of the team of mushers who helped take the diptheria serum to Nome in 1925. The trail that the mushers took is now the route for the Iditarod Race. Seppala and Togo received awards from the explorer Roald Amundsen.
Gunnar Kaasen, musher of Balto's team, along with nine of the thirteen members of the team. Balto is second from left in the upper tier of the rack behind Kaasen, and Fox third from left (next to Balto).
Balto Statue in Central Park--Back in 1925 Nome, Alaska was stricken with a horrific diphtheria outbreak. Not enough antitoxin was available to treat all the sick until teams of mushers and sled dogs battled a blinding blizzard and traveled 674 miles to d
Due to the 1925 Nome Serum Run, the people of Nome were saved from a diphtheria epidemic and two sled dog leaders became famous. Balto led the final leg of the relay into Nome and the media made him famous. But Togo led his team the longest number of miles in the relay, and went on to be a foundation stud of the Siberian Husky breed. Learn more.