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Seppala's Siberian Dog Team
Leonhard Seppala was born in 1877 in Norway and arrived in Nome, Alaska in 1900. He was a renown dog sledder, playing a major role in the emergency Diptheria serum run of 1925, and earning a silver medal in the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. The serum run was known as the "Great Race of Mercy" and today, it is commemorated annually with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. He died in 1967 in Seattle, WA, and is buried, along with his wife, in Nome, Alaska. Seppala was a member of Men's Igloo No. 4.