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Telling Togo’s Tale: The Iditarod and Telling of Togo’s Tale begins now!

Togo10The 1,000-mile Alaskan Iditarod sled dog race—from Anchorage to Nome—begins today at 2:00 p.m. local time (6:00 p.m. EST). The race traces its roots to the 1925 Race for Mercy or Serum Run, during which life-saving diphtheria serum was delivered to Nome by sled dog teams. All of those sled dogs were amazing, including Balto, who led the team that delivered the vaccine to Nome on the run’s last leg. He was honored in a Disney movie and Central Park statue. But the story behind the story is that it was a musher named Leonhard Sepparla and his 12-year-old undersized husky, Togo, that led a team five times further—261 miles total—over the most treacherous, unchartered territory of the run. Without Togo’s fearless efforts, those villagers would likely have perished. Continue reading