Beargrease Kicks off with Gala

By KBJR News 1

March 8, 2013 Updated Mar 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCOW.com) - The 29th Annual Beargrease Sled Dog race is set to kick off this Sunday in Duluth and tonight was the Gala to start the weekend's events.

A silent auction was held along with dinner and a guest speaker.

Items for the auction were donated by people and businesses from around the Northland.

The guest speaker was Zoya DeNure, a model turned Musher after she found her true calling, Sled Dog racing ten years ago.

The Beargrese was postponed from January to March due to low snow totals, but it was the first year this has happened.

The sled dog race was cancelled last year due to weather and also in 2007, but orgainzers are optimistic about this year's race.

"In 2007 we had a postponement date, but on that day we didn't have enough snow either. So we are very grateful that this year we can actually run this race," said Pat Olson, the race coordinator.

The race starts at 9 Sunday morning at Lake Park in Duluth.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.