Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - The William A. Irvin 5K kicked off the race weekend, earlier today, with record numbers.
Close to 2,000 participants competed in the three point two mile race that started, and ended, in front of the very ship after which the race was named.
While many competed for personal bests, others hoped to bring attention to their cause by running for charity.
"We're with Team Hope. We're running with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, raising funds and awareness. We lost our grandpa in 2007 to pancreatic cancer, so we've been fighting for a cure ever since," said Team Hope member, Amy Rosckes.
According to Team Hope, they've been able to raise $25,000 as a result of the five–K alone.