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The Great Alaskan Race (2019)

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Based on a true story, The Great Alaskan Race tells the story of Leonhard Seppala, his dog Togo, and how they save the small town of Nome, Alaska from a deadly diphtheria outbreak in 1925.


Leonhard Seppala was a Norwegian fisherman who moved to Nome to become a goldminer. While mining, he also became a champion dog musher.  In our telling, he soon fell in love with a local Innuit woman, Kiana, and they married and had a little girl together. When Kiana tragically passes away, soon after childbirth, Sepp is lost in his grief for many years, staying separate from the local community of Nome and warms only towards his daughter, Sigrid. 
 
In the winter of 1925, a diphtheria outbreak hits the town amidst a horrible blizzard, and the hospital doesn’t have any of the necessary medicine. The whole town is at risk. Seppala, along with several other brave mushers, volunteer to brave the storm with their dogs to travel 674 miles to where the antitoxin serum is stuck in Nenana, as the storm was too intense for trains or planes to make it through. Sepp leaves his daughter with Constance, the daughter of Dr. Welch and a mother figure to his young girl and sets out with Togo and the rest of his team.
 
We follow Sepp’s harrowing journey as he travels farther than any other musher, more than 400 miles.  He and his dogs face temperatures of 80 below and wind speeds of 65 mph, but after 4.5 days they make it to pass the serum off to Gunnar Kassan and Balto for the final leg back. Sepp nearly gives in to his weak conditions, but the sound of his daughter’s voice and a vision of Kiana encouraging him to go on living his life save him, and he awakens a hero, with a refreshed hunger to live fully. He’s finally able to let go of his tragic past and enjoy his daughter and the community that he’s saved. Sepp ends up marrying Constance, and forming a new family unit, with his wonderful and trusty dog Togo always an important part of it. 

Tags: action, adventure, drama, 2019

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