30th Beargrease kicks off with sold out gala

By KBJR News 1

January 24, 2014 Updated Jan 24, 2014 at 11:17 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn (NNCNOW.com) - Despite an uncertain start, the 30th annual Beargrease Marathon weekend is in full gear, following Friday's sold out gala and silent auction in Duluth.

Close to 200 people packed the ballroom at the Inn on Lake Superior to bid on Beargrease memorabilia, while hearing from one of the founders of the Iditarod.

The day started with a dog race of a different kind at the Annual Mini Sled Dog Race. Dozens of small dogs gave it their all to be the best of the best.

Awards were handed out to the fastest dogs in each weight category, as well as Best in Show.

Meanwhile, crowds came out in droves to support the 30th annual marathon with a gala and silent auction.

Keynote speaker Dave Seavey, a founder of the Alaskan Iditarod, says with the weekend weather on tap and anticipated crowds, a course record could be broken.

"I think we could see a record set this year, assuming that the trail people have been doing their thing, a good hard trail, a fast trail, I would think that we should see some records broke this year," said Dave Seavey, Founder of the Alaskan Ididarod.

If you weren't able to make it down to Friday's events, there are several other events planned for the weekend.

The popular cutest puppy contest kicks off at Fitger's Saturday at noon and then the official opening ceremony kicks-off tomorrow at the Depot starting at 5 o'clock.

The race begins this Sunday at the original starting point of Duluth East High School at 1 p.m.

For a list of all the events at this year's Beargrease Marathon, click here.