Balto, lead dog of the final stretch of the 1925 serum run, and Leonard Seppala, renowned dog breeder and trainer, were part of the sled dog team that delivered life-saving antitoxin serum to Nome, Alaska.
In 1925 the brave Siberian Husky named "Balto" led a serum run to Nome, Alaska - saving the town from a potentially deadly diphtheria epidemic! His legendary run (with Norwegian driver Gunnar Kaasen, also pictured) is commemorated in the annual Iditarod sled dog race.
A diptheria epidemic was about to hit Nome, Alaska, in 1925. The only cure was in Anchorage, 2,800 miles away. So the serum traveled via a series of dog-sled teams during a blizzard. Finally, the medicine came to Gunnar Kaasen and his dogs, led by a Siberian Husky named Balto. Balto followed the trail all night in whiteout conditions. When they arrived to pass the serum to the final team and found them asleep, Balto continued to Nome. The Iditarod Race commemorates their run.