Updated: 01/20/2014 10:40 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 4:46 PM WDIO.com
The 30th annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is this coming weekend and excitement is already building.
If this year is anything like last year, the 374-mile race should be another big hit. Official events begin Friday night with the gala and silent auction.
Saturday brings the opening ceremonies, then Sunday afternoon, they're off! Mushers, their support teams, volunteers and hundreds of Beargrease fans line the the track, cheering and embracing the iconic Northland tradition.
Planning for this year's race has been a little rocky. It was entirely cancelled at first, then a change of leadership brought it back to life. Old Man Winter is even giving us a helping hand putting plenty of snow on the ground this year.
Sunday at Spirit Mountain some race preview activities were already setting the stage. There were sled dog rides for kids, future dog team members to meet and plenty of food and fun all designed to get folks fired up for this year's race.
Seven-time Beargrease marathoner, Billie Diver helped at the preview. She says the race brings the whole community together. "The whole town gets involved everybody gets out and watches the race, or volunteers, or is involved in some way so it's a lot of fun."
The first dog teams leap from the starting line at Duluth East High School at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Find more information on Beargrease events here.
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