Most recent. Balto had a 20-muinite silent film made about him, called Balto's Race to Nome. And having a racing body was THE measure of breeding material back then. With the port closed … Quote. EDIT: As allowed by the commissioner I adjusted some colours around a bit and made Togo more brown (as Agouti is a bit more brown in colour), changed his eyes to an icier blue and lightened his nose a bit to be a bit more 'liver' if anything. While Kaasen and Balto were given much of the glory, it was Seppala and Togo who insiders knew had truly saved the day. His eyes were also lightened as well. They worried that the fatality rate for those infected would be 100 percent. Another musher, Gunnar Kaasen, put his faith in a green youngster, 3-year-old Balto. After the race, Kaasen, who by then owned Balto, took his leader and other team members on a celebrity tour of the West Coast for a year. And those who lost against Seppala's lean, smaller-frame dogs disdainfully called them "Siberian rats." Their owner, Norwegian-born Leonhard Seppala, came to Nome during the height of its gold rush on June 14, 1900. Looking for something else? Balto vs. Togo Developed by: Kelly Villar Discipline / Subject: ELA Topic: Compare and contrast two of the great dogs of the Serum Run, Balto and Togo. That talent served Togo well on the serum run: at one point, the intrepid pup led the team across 40 miles of Bering Sea ice in the face of an oncoming storm. Subscribe to our newsletters to stay up-to-date on the latest outdoor news. Togo, named for the Japanese admiral Togo Heihachiro (1848-1934), was born in 1913 and developed into Seppala's favorite. On an interesting side note, despite Gunnar Kaasen being the musher that guided Balto, Leonhard Seppala owned both Balto and Togo. Several years earlier, a flu epidemic had killed off half of Nome’s indigenous population. Nome’s medical team put out a call for help—and found that the nearest supply of serum was in a storehouse outside Anchorage. He achieved fame when he led a team of sled dogs on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease. FACTS ABOUT TOGO . Seppala was stung that it was Balto, not Togo, who was the darling of the country. Of the 20 mushers on the relay, Seppala ran the greatest distance, and through some of the most dangerous conditions on the trail. He was, however, not considered breeding material by his owner, Leonhard Seppala, as he did not "cut" a racing profile. Sadly, Balto was sold, along with other dogs to Cleveland Zoo, where he lived until 14 years of age. With Togo in the lead in what would be his final race, the much-smaller Siberians triumphed. Seppala collected it, turned and carried it to Golovin, another 91 miles. “He was the best dog [owner Leonhard Seppala] had at navigating sea ice, and would often run well ahead of the team on a long lead in order to pick out the safest and easiest route across Norton Sound or other parts of the Bering Sea,” the Salisburys write. A short film titled Balto's Race to Nome was made to honor the lead dog. Though Balto often gets the credit for saving the town of Nome, it was Togo, a Siberian Husky, who led his team across the most dangerous leg of the journey. In the winter of 1925, Nome had a supply of antitoxin, the serum then used to treat diphtheria, but it had all expired. Balto is the titular main protagonist of the Balto trilogy. He was a back up dog after TOGO. Chinook could not even start the load until Walden had kicked the runners loose from the snow. Kingiak, my Eskimo helper, hid one of Walden's farm chickens under his parka and stepped out ahead of Togo a distance of 20 feet or so. Balto did lead the canine team over the final 55-mile stretch of the journey (he was still leading the pack when it arrived in the city itself). Even though he covered more distance (260 miles) than his co-sledder Balto (55 miles), he didn't get as much fame. An outbreak of diphtheria had bloomed in Nome and without a delivery of antitoxin, the population of the entire region would be exposed. In later years he and his wife Constance would split their time between Seattle and Fairbanks. When the expedition was cancelled, the team was given to Seppala. Balto had a good rest of his life, wallowing in fame and fourtune, while Togo got none.Togo was awarded an award in front of a small crowd, but that wasn't enough to top Balto's fame. In the 1916 All-Alaska Sweepstakes he traveled 410 miles in 80 hours, 38 minutes, and 5 seconds. Seppala traveled all the way to New England and took on a team of local Chinooksin a friendly sled dog race. Most popular Most recent. To deliver the antitoxin, more than 20 mushers and 100 dogs carried the medicine from a train line near Fairbanks (where temperatures hovered around minus 50 degrees), along the Yukon River, over a frozen bay, and finally along the Bering Sea coast. He led the team through many miles and dangerous types of weather to reach Nome but, after being replaced by Balto in the last leg of the journey, the misunderstanding took place. Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. Both Balto and Togo were part of the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, where a diphtheria outbreak plagued the town's children. The 1995 movie Balto immortalized it for a generation: the eponymous dog rallied the team that brought the lifesaving serum through the Alaskan wilds, heroically saving the city’s children. Togo and Balto, both Seppala Siberians, would perform spectacularly, demonstrating their superior bloodlines and training. The saga began when a doctor diagnosed the first case of diphtheria, a deadly illness, in a young boy in Nome in January 1925. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. So Balto was larger than Togo. Seppala felt that Balto was not good enough to put on his own team for the Serum Run. In one account of Togo's bravery, Seppala and the team were stranded for several hours on a Norton Sound ice floe after the ice on which they were traveling broke free. While many details of the great Serum Run of 1925 have faded into history, the names of two famous Alaska dogs, Togo and Balto, have spanned the decades. In the end, Togo and the Seppala team ran 260 miles, while other mushers ran between 25 and 40 miles each. Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today. Long after his death, he was toasted in children's books, television specials, and even in an animated feature film produced by Steve Spielberg. He is the main protagonist of Balto and the deuteragonist of Balto II: Wolf Quest and Balto III: Wings of Change. I knew that Togo could do better but felt that here was an opportunity to inject a little comedy into the act. The nearest stores of medicine were hundreds of miles away, across the state’s snowy interior. the sleds would pass the medicene down to each team to bring back the medicene. Trains could bring it to within around 700 miles of Nome, and the team hoped bush planes could take it from there. Guuner Kaasen with Balto… Balto’s remains were mounted by a taxidermist and exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Still, Togo was arguably the team’s most impressive canine in sheer distance—he ran more than 350 miles total, more than any dog in the pack—as well as heroics. While many details of the great Serum Run of 1925 have faded into history, the names of two famous Alaska dogs, Togo and Balto, have spanned the decades. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. This—and we cannot stress this enough—actually happened. Suggen, who was part Malamute, was Seppala's leader in the All Alaskan Sweepstakes in 1914. Togo, which stars Willem Dafoe, promises to chart the life of the historically overlooked pup who made the crucial delivery of medicine possible. Since 1925, Balto has earned universal acclaim, legions of fans, and a commemorative bronze statue in New York City’s Central Park. While Balto got all of the credit for the serum run, it was actually another dog, Togo, that covered the longest and most hazardous section of the trail. When Togo was very young, an ailment caused his throat to swell. Balto received an outsized portion of the fame from the journey, including more acclaim than Togo. The temperature was estimated at 30 F (34 C) and the gale force winds causing a wind chill of 85 F (65 C). Named after Heihachiro Togo, a Japanese Admiral who fought in the war between Russia and Japan (1904-05), Togo was the lead sled dog of Leonhard Seppala. Togo was born in Little Creek, AK sometime in October of 1913. Togo (1913 – December 5, 1929) was the lead sled dog of Leonhard Seppala and his dog sled team in the 1925 serum run to Nome across central and northern Alaska. balto is a famous lead dog in 1925, when there was a desiese spreading in Nome alaska. In the winter of 1925, a deadly illness struck the city of Nome, Alaska. - Unlike Togo, Balto ran more true to the usual size for Siberian huskies at the time...about 55-60 pounds. The sled dog who did the lion's share of the work was Togo. Enter our story’s hero: Togo, who was already a champion racer by 1925 but whose running days were largely behind him. The people of Nome realized that sled dogs would have to carry the 20-pound package of medicine to their city through the storm. Balto is now actually more black in colour than brown and I added some spotting on his front forelegs. But that week, record-setting cold weather and gale-force winds swept across Alaska, grounding the only rickety planes in the area. Seppala moved to the East Coast for several years, splitting his time between Maine and Alaska, and developing another kennel of racers. Ultimately, Seppala and New England musher Elizabeth Ricker chose to open a kennel of Sib… Correction: Bursting with pride, Seppala would later say that his old Togo had never performed better. This is accurately depicted in the movie. THE GREAT ALASKAN RACE tells the historical, true story of Leonhard ‘Sepp’ Seppala (Brian Presley; Home of the Brave, Touchback) and his champion mushing dogs, Togo and Balto, during the great serum run of 1925. Gunnar Kaasen, an assistant to Seppala, chose a three-year-old freight dog named Balto to lead on his portion of the relay. Thank you. Balto later inspired a 1995 animated movie that was loosely based on his story. Seppala chose his most experienced dog, 12-year-old Togo, as his leader. (A vaccine was later developed that has virtually eliminated the disease.) (Jan 2, 2020) Due to an editing error, this story has been updated to correct the distributor of the 1995 Balto movie. Did the serum run to Nome need a reboot? The dog and his companions were moved to the Cleveland Zoo, and thousands came to cheer him on his first day in retirement. Seppala and Togo were celebrities. He was later mounted and added to the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He investigated some gold claims of his own, and later worked for a mining company, employed by Jafet Lindeberg, one of the three famous "Lucky Swedes" who discovered gold on Anvil Creek in 1898. Hence, Seppala bred, named, raised and trained Balto but did not race with him. Thousands would die. Originally Seppala and one other musher were going to carry the serum all the way, the first musher traveling from Nenana to Nulato; Seppala, from Nulato to Nome. Seppala had been winning races with Togo for years and considered Togo his finest dog, says Laney Salisbury, coauthor of The Cruelest Miles, a history of the serum run. A racing body was the darling of the work was Togo much …... 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Walden was a good sport and conceded that Togo had won the cigars for me." A new Disney movie starring Willem Dafoe promises to chart the life of a historically overlooked pup who made the lifesaving delivery of medicine possible. As the story goes, his harness snapped from the strain of pulling, but Togo jumped into the water after it, took the harness in his teeth and kept pulling, closing the gap so the team could get to shore. our entire suite of free newsletters here. At Seppala's urging, Togo jumped across a five-foot gap to shore ice in his harness to pull the floe closer to shore. Many of you may know the story of Balto and other sled dogs delivering the diphtheria antitoxin to Nome, Alaska in 1925. Thinking it would be up to him and the other man, Seppala was already on the trail when territorial Governor Scott Bone amended the plan to incorporate mail-carrier mushers and make it a 20-team relay. Audio. Both dogs were Siberian huskies, a breed brought to Alaska from Siberia by William Goosak, a Russian fur trader. Share your thoughts, experiences and the tales behind the art. Apr 19, 2020 - Explore Summer Bentley's board "balto and togo" on Pinterest. For all the true dogsledding aficionados out there, we broke down the real history of Togo and Balto’s now legendary run to Nome. Outside regrets the error. All posts. His competitor was a large mixed-breed dog named Chinook, owned by another musher and dog breeder, Arthur Walden, who had prospected in the Yukon. Check out our entire suite of free newsletters here. It was the only way. Togo and Balto were the lead dogs on Leonhard Seppala’s and Gunnar Kaasen’s teams which helped deliver antitoxin to Nome in 1925 to stem a diphtheria epidemic. Leonhard Seppala, the legendary musher who piloted Togo’s sled, and who happened to breed and raise Balto as well, later said that he was bothered by all the fame Balto gained while Togo got widely forgotten. The dogs were imports from Siberia, a team of huskies that were intended for a polar expedition headed by Roald Amundsen. It is important to note that Balto was not the original name of this dog, but Togo. With Seppala, 19 other dog mushers and their teams were enlisted to carry the life-saving diphtheria serum in a relay across 675 miles of wilderness during the dead of winter. "The sled was loaded with several sacks of cement onto which Walden hooked his dog. To inspire active participation in the world outside through award-winning coverage of the sports, people, places, adventure, discoveries, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends and events that make up an active lifestyle. Togo the Sled Dog who lost his fame to Balto. Link. And in December 1925, a statue of Balto was erected in New York City's Central Park. He was voiced by Kevin Bacon in the first film and Maurice LaMarche in the sequels. Within weeks, Togo had had enough of domestic life. He commented: "It was almost more than I could bear when the ‘newspaper dog' Balto received a statue for his ‘glorious achievements.'" Togo was 12 years old when he and Seppala were called to assist in the epic rescue effort in 1925. In his book, Early Sled Dog Racing in Maine: A Frying Pan of Hot Meat Wrecked My Chances in the First Race, Seppala described how Togo, now in his teens, entered a weight-pull contest against another dog twice his size. Today he stands in a glass case at Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Headquarters in Wasilla, Alaska, where admirers can view the husky who was Nome's dog hero in the Serum Run of 1925. May 3, 2018 By Divya. After touring, Kaasen sold Balto and the rest of the team to a vaudeville sideshow. He was the offspring of Dolly, one of the original female Huskies Lindenburg placed in the Pioneer's Kennel, and Suggen. "Walden had bragged that his Chinook would break out and pull a heavier load than any dog in the country," Seppala wrote. However, another musher put together a team using seppalas other dogs, one of which was balto, to go to the final checkpoint and grab the serum. He broke through a window and ran back to Seppala’s sledding kennels, a scene that occurs early in the movie. During 10 days in 1929, they drew 20,000 people to New York City's Madison Square Garden. No single dog deserves all the credit for saving Nome. He competed with his beloved sleek, lightweight Siberian huskies and enjoyed watching the aged Togo continue to beat the odds. Unaware of the change, Seppala took a shortcut across Norton Sound in perilous conditions. Balto was Kaasen’s lead dog during the serum run and thus was at the forefront as the team entered Nome carrying the lifesaving serum. As it turns out, Balto was just one of more than 100 pups who made that lifesaving dogsled relay to Nome possible. Balto lived there comfortably until his death in 1933 at age 11. On my command, Togo leaped to one side with his full weight straining against the collar, then another leap to the left and the sled runners were loosened. Balto … When a Cleveland businessman called attention to the dogs' horrible living conditions, the city's people held fundraisers to purchase them, with children donating their pennies for the cause of rescuing Balto. See more ideas about Dog sledding, Togo, Iditarod. The heavier black husky was named after one of the first men to cross the Greenland Ice Cap, Samuel J. Balto. He’d been born a smaller-than-average puppy in 1913 but quickly distinguished himself as a sled dog, running 75 miles his first time in a harness. Outside does not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Gunnar Kaasen and Balto in their race to Nome. But a different dog, Togo, ran more than double the distance of any other dog on the team and led it through some of the riskiest spots. The dog that often gets credit for eventually saving the town is Balto, but he just happened to run the last, 55-mile leg in the race. Known from the Great Race for Mercy carrying diptheria serum 365 miles across the Alaskan wilderness saving thousands of children. Video. But Togo, a new movie that hits the Disney+ platform on December 20, corrects the historical record in favor of an underdog. Diphtheria was called the “strangling angel of children,” because it releases a toxin that shuts down its victim’s windpipe. Balto (1919 – March 14, 1933) was a Siberian Husky and sled dog belonging to musher and breeder Leonhard Seppala. Chat. The basic conceit of “Togo” is by itself amusing – namely, that the story everyone thinks they know is actually wrong. Just then Kingiak let the chicken clap his wings and Togo was upon him in a couple of jumps with a loaded sled following easily behind. He was given this name in memory of the Norwegian explorer Samuel Balto, popular in Nome during the gold rush. Gunnar Kaasen was exhausted, frostbitten and snowblind when Balto led him into Nome on February 2, 1925, after treading 53 miles of rugged trail. Grid View List View. The dog he thought deserved praise, instead of Balto, was Togo. Their owner, Norwegian-born Leonhard Seppala, came to Nome during the height of its gold rush on June 14, 1900. He is the mate of Jenna and father of Aleu, Kodi, Dingo, Saba, and two other unnamed pups. Although neither of us smoked, we bet two cigars on the result. He was tapped to anchor the serum relay team. Young children were especially vulnerable to it. The little dog with the big heart died on December 5, 1929, at age 16, and his remains were mounted and returned to Alaska. Balto would be celebrated in newspapers across the national as the dog who delivered the serum and saved the town. Kaasen had relied heavily on Balto to find the way during whiteout conditions, and the young dog had performed admirably. Of Togo and Balto. He later spoke of how difficult it was to say goodbye and hit the trail without Togo for the first time in 12 years. In a feat of athleticism and frankly un-doglike ingenuity, Togo grabs the lead rope in his mouth and pulls the sled ashore. When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. Includes the aftermath as it affected Leonhard Seppala and his lead dog Togo and Gunnar Kaasen and his … According to Gay and Laney Salisbury’s The Cruelest Mile, a 2003 history of the serum run, Togo was a living legend among Alaskan dogsledders, “a natural-born lead dog.” Although Togo was 12 years old in January 1925, he was still fast and strong. Balto was the name of a Siberian Husky, born in 1923 and died 1933. Subscribe to our What You Missed newsletter for the top headlines from the outdoor world, in your inbox six days a week. Step aside, Balto, Disney+ is giving us another very good doggo his due in the Dec. 20 premiere of the streaming site's original movie based on a true story, Togo… An in-depth look at the "Great Race of Mercy" that involved 20 mushers and 150 sled dogs. In one dramatic scene, Togo has reached shore, but the sled with the medicine has gotten stuck on floating ice on the other side of a frigid channel of water. The serum run trail trekked nearly 700 miles from Anchorage to Nome in treacherous blizzard conditions. Filter by post type. balto and togo < > Most recent. Balto had a 20-muinite silent film made about him, called Balto's Race to Nome. And having a racing body was THE measure of breeding material back then. With the port closed … Quote. EDIT: As allowed by the commissioner I adjusted some colours around a bit and made Togo more brown (as Agouti is a bit more brown in colour), changed his eyes to an icier blue and lightened his nose a bit to be a bit more 'liver' if anything. While Kaasen and Balto were given much of the glory, it was Seppala and Togo who insiders knew had truly saved the day. His eyes were also lightened as well. They worried that the fatality rate for those infected would be 100 percent. Another musher, Gunnar Kaasen, put his faith in a green youngster, 3-year-old Balto. After the race, Kaasen, who by then owned Balto, took his leader and other team members on a celebrity tour of the West Coast for a year. And those who lost against Seppala's lean, smaller-frame dogs disdainfully called them "Siberian rats." Their owner, Norwegian-born Leonhard Seppala, came to Nome during the height of its gold rush on June 14, 1900. Looking for something else? Balto vs. Togo Developed by: Kelly Villar Discipline / Subject: ELA Topic: Compare and contrast two of the great dogs of the Serum Run, Balto and Togo. That talent served Togo well on the serum run: at one point, the intrepid pup led the team across 40 miles of Bering Sea ice in the face of an oncoming storm. Subscribe to our newsletters to stay up-to-date on the latest outdoor news. Togo, named for the Japanese admiral Togo Heihachiro (1848-1934), was born in 1913 and developed into Seppala's favorite. On an interesting side note, despite Gunnar Kaasen being the musher that guided Balto, Leonhard Seppala owned both Balto and Togo. Several years earlier, a flu epidemic had killed off half of Nome’s indigenous population. Nome’s medical team put out a call for help—and found that the nearest supply of serum was in a storehouse outside Anchorage. He achieved fame when he led a team of sled dogs on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease. FACTS ABOUT TOGO . Seppala was stung that it was Balto, not Togo, who was the darling of the country. Of the 20 mushers on the relay, Seppala ran the greatest distance, and through some of the most dangerous conditions on the trail. He was, however, not considered breeding material by his owner, Leonhard Seppala, as he did not "cut" a racing profile. Sadly, Balto was sold, along with other dogs to Cleveland Zoo, where he lived until 14 years of age. With Togo in the lead in what would be his final race, the much-smaller Siberians triumphed. Seppala collected it, turned and carried it to Golovin, another 91 miles. “He was the best dog [owner Leonhard Seppala] had at navigating sea ice, and would often run well ahead of the team on a long lead in order to pick out the safest and easiest route across Norton Sound or other parts of the Bering Sea,” the Salisburys write. A short film titled Balto's Race to Nome was made to honor the lead dog. Though Balto often gets the credit for saving the town of Nome, it was Togo, a Siberian Husky, who led his team across the most dangerous leg of the journey. In the winter of 1925, Nome had a supply of antitoxin, the serum then used to treat diphtheria, but it had all expired. Balto is the titular main protagonist of the Balto trilogy. He was a back up dog after TOGO. Chinook could not even start the load until Walden had kicked the runners loose from the snow. Kingiak, my Eskimo helper, hid one of Walden's farm chickens under his parka and stepped out ahead of Togo a distance of 20 feet or so. Balto did lead the canine team over the final 55-mile stretch of the journey (he was still leading the pack when it arrived in the city itself). Even though he covered more distance (260 miles) than his co-sledder Balto (55 miles), he didn't get as much fame. An outbreak of diphtheria had bloomed in Nome and without a delivery of antitoxin, the population of the entire region would be exposed. In later years he and his wife Constance would split their time between Seattle and Fairbanks. When the expedition was cancelled, the team was given to Seppala. Balto had a good rest of his life, wallowing in fame and fourtune, while Togo got none.Togo was awarded an award in front of a small crowd, but that wasn't enough to top Balto's fame. In the 1916 All-Alaska Sweepstakes he traveled 410 miles in 80 hours, 38 minutes, and 5 seconds. Seppala traveled all the way to New England and took on a team of local Chinooksin a friendly sled dog race. Most popular Most recent. To deliver the antitoxin, more than 20 mushers and 100 dogs carried the medicine from a train line near Fairbanks (where temperatures hovered around minus 50 degrees), along the Yukon River, over a frozen bay, and finally along the Bering Sea coast. He led the team through many miles and dangerous types of weather to reach Nome but, after being replaced by Balto in the last leg of the journey, the misunderstanding took place. Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. Both Balto and Togo were part of the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska, where a diphtheria outbreak plagued the town's children. The 1995 movie Balto immortalized it for a generation: the eponymous dog rallied the team that brought the lifesaving serum through the Alaskan wilds, heroically saving the city’s children. Togo and Balto, both Seppala Siberians, would perform spectacularly, demonstrating their superior bloodlines and training. The saga began when a doctor diagnosed the first case of diphtheria, a deadly illness, in a young boy in Nome in January 1925. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. So Balto was larger than Togo. Seppala felt that Balto was not good enough to put on his own team for the Serum Run. In one account of Togo's bravery, Seppala and the team were stranded for several hours on a Norton Sound ice floe after the ice on which they were traveling broke free. While many details of the great Serum Run of 1925 have faded into history, the names of two famous Alaska dogs, Togo and Balto, have spanned the decades. In the end, Togo and the Seppala team ran 260 miles, while other mushers ran between 25 and 40 miles each. Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today. Long after his death, he was toasted in children's books, television specials, and even in an animated feature film produced by Steve Spielberg. He is the main protagonist of Balto and the deuteragonist of Balto II: Wolf Quest and Balto III: Wings of Change. I knew that Togo could do better but felt that here was an opportunity to inject a little comedy into the act. The nearest stores of medicine were hundreds of miles away, across the state’s snowy interior. the sleds would pass the medicene down to each team to bring back the medicene. Trains could bring it to within around 700 miles of Nome, and the team hoped bush planes could take it from there. Guuner Kaasen with Balto… Balto’s remains were mounted by a taxidermist and exhibited in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Still, Togo was arguably the team’s most impressive canine in sheer distance—he ran more than 350 miles total, more than any dog in the pack—as well as heroics. While many details of the great Serum Run of 1925 have faded into history, the names of two famous Alaska dogs, Togo and Balto, have spanned the decades. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. This—and we cannot stress this enough—actually happened. Suggen, who was part Malamute, was Seppala's leader in the All Alaskan Sweepstakes in 1914. Togo, which stars Willem Dafoe, promises to chart the life of the historically overlooked pup who made the crucial delivery of medicine possible. Since 1925, Balto has earned universal acclaim, legions of fans, and a commemorative bronze statue in New York City’s Central Park. While Balto got all of the credit for the serum run, it was actually another dog, Togo, that covered the longest and most hazardous section of the trail. When Togo was very young, an ailment caused his throat to swell. Balto received an outsized portion of the fame from the journey, including more acclaim than Togo. The temperature was estimated at 30 F (34 C) and the gale force winds causing a wind chill of 85 F (65 C). Named after Heihachiro Togo, a Japanese Admiral who fought in the war between Russia and Japan (1904-05), Togo was the lead sled dog of Leonhard Seppala. Togo was born in Little Creek, AK sometime in October of 1913. Togo (1913 – December 5, 1929) was the lead sled dog of Leonhard Seppala and his dog sled team in the 1925 serum run to Nome across central and northern Alaska. balto is a famous lead dog in 1925, when there was a desiese spreading in Nome alaska. In the winter of 1925, a deadly illness struck the city of Nome, Alaska. - Unlike Togo, Balto ran more true to the usual size for Siberian huskies at the time...about 55-60 pounds. The sled dog who did the lion's share of the work was Togo. Enter our story’s hero: Togo, who was already a champion racer by 1925 but whose running days were largely behind him. The people of Nome realized that sled dogs would have to carry the 20-pound package of medicine to their city through the storm. Balto is now actually more black in colour than brown and I added some spotting on his front forelegs. But that week, record-setting cold weather and gale-force winds swept across Alaska, grounding the only rickety planes in the area. Seppala moved to the East Coast for several years, splitting his time between Maine and Alaska, and developing another kennel of racers. Ultimately, Seppala and New England musher Elizabeth Ricker chose to open a kennel of Sib… Correction: Bursting with pride, Seppala would later say that his old Togo had never performed better. This is accurately depicted in the movie. THE GREAT ALASKAN RACE tells the historical, true story of Leonhard ‘Sepp’ Seppala (Brian Presley; Home of the Brave, Touchback) and his champion mushing dogs, Togo and Balto, during the great serum run of 1925. Gunnar Kaasen, an assistant to Seppala, chose a three-year-old freight dog named Balto to lead on his portion of the relay. Thank you. Balto later inspired a 1995 animated movie that was loosely based on his story. Seppala chose his most experienced dog, 12-year-old Togo, as his leader. (A vaccine was later developed that has virtually eliminated the disease.) (Jan 2, 2020) Due to an editing error, this story has been updated to correct the distributor of the 1995 Balto movie. Did the serum run to Nome need a reboot? The dog and his companions were moved to the Cleveland Zoo, and thousands came to cheer him on his first day in retirement. Seppala and Togo were celebrities. He was later mounted and added to the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He investigated some gold claims of his own, and later worked for a mining company, employed by Jafet Lindeberg, one of the three famous "Lucky Swedes" who discovered gold on Anvil Creek in 1898. Hence, Seppala bred, named, raised and trained Balto but did not race with him. Thousands would die. Originally Seppala and one other musher were going to carry the serum all the way, the first musher traveling from Nenana to Nulato; Seppala, from Nulato to Nome. Seppala had been winning races with Togo for years and considered Togo his finest dog, says Laney Salisbury, coauthor of The Cruelest Miles, a history of the serum run. A racing body was the darling of the work was Togo much …... 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