Leonhard Seppala

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Birthday
14, 1877
Birthplace
Norway
Death Date
Jan 28, 1967 (89)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
14, 1877
Birthplace
Norway
Death Date
Jan 28, 1967 (89)

About

Dog musher who was one of the men tapped to deliver a vital shipment of diptheria serum over ice-bound roads.

Before Fame

He inherited his first sled dogs through a friend, who originally intended them for the polar explorer Roald Amundsen, before his expedition was cancelled.

Trivia

The famous serum run he took part in is commemorated yearly in Alaska with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, formerly the Iditarod Trail Seppala Memorial Race.

Family Life

He was born in Skibotn, in Troms County, Norway.

Associated With

Though not as well-known as Gunnar Kaasen and his dog Balto, who handled the last leg of the trip to Nome, he travelled almost twice the distance of other mushers with as many as 24 dogs.