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Solo Dog Sled Expedition Across the Wilderness of North Maine
To Raise Funds for Togo Monument in Poland Spring, Maine
Fort Kent, Maine— 2/20/2021 — At noon on Saturday 2/20, a purebred team of Seppala Siberian Sled dogs will depart from the “Americas First Mile Monument” for a solo week-long Expedition of over 260 miles through the north woods of Maine. The route will be due west to the town of Allagash, and then South, through the North Maine Wilderness, finishing some 7 days later and the southern end of Moosehead Lake in Greenville, Maine. This solo expedition is a collaborative effort between the Poland Spring Preservation Society and Seppala dog team musher Jonathan Nathaniel Hayes, to raise funds for a proposed monument of the famed sled dog Togo at the Maine State Building at Poland Spring.
“Few people who have seen the recent Disney movie realize that Togo and musher Leonhard Seppala settled here in Maine after their epic mush to save the children of Nome Alaska from an outbreak of diphtheria in 1925. Togo spent his last years here at our resort.” said Cyndi Robbins, owner of Poland Spring Resort. “Erecting this monument will help Mainers connect to this part of our history.”
During our present pandemic, we feel there is no better time to deliver this harrowing story of hope. Due to the current outbreak, all long-distance dogsled races have been canceled in the northeast.
“Togo was an exceptional dog and Leonhard Seppala was an exceptional musher.” said Jonathan Hayes, musher, at Poland Spring Kennels. “I’m excited to think that my dogsled expedition with the descendants of Seppala’s team will help to create a permanent reminder to our state residents of our connection to this inspiring moment in American history.”
Please help make this dream a reality!