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.

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).

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).

Photo of Aliy Zirkle holds up her lead dog Quito shortly after finishing in second place for the 2014 Iditarod in Nome on Tuesday, March 11, during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2014.

Photo of Aliy Zirkle holds up her lead dog Quito shortly after finishing in second place for the 2014 Iditarod in Nome on Tuesday, March during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race

the real Balto

balto == long since stuffed and put on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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 deliver the medicine.

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.

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.

Togo, lead sled dog for the team that ran the longest distance in the relay of diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome in 1925; via Best Made #icons

Best Made Man: Togo Pictured above: Perhaps the most famous lead dog of them all, Togo (with his musher Leonard Seppala) who lead the team that ran the longest distance in the relay of diphtheria.

Balto, with Anna & Gunnar Kaasen on the steamship Alameda, docked in Seattle, Washington in late February,1925.

Balto, with Anna & Gunnar Kaasen on the steamship Alameda, docked in Seattle, Washington in late

2012IditarodPoster_300x.jpg (300×399)      Jon Van Zyle Art Gallery - Iditarod Posters  www.jonvanzyle.com

Iditarod Poster" The 2012 Iditarod poster by Alaskan artist, Jon Van Zyle. The poster is celebrating 40 years of the Iditarod and "continuing the tradition.

Balto and his musher, Gunnar Kaasen, after saving the town of Nome, Alaska (1925)

Balto and his musher, Gunnar Kaasen, after saving the town of Nome, Alaska

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