Pint-sized pups compete ahead of major sled dog race

DULUTH, Minn. -- Days before a major sled dog race in Minnesota, a race was held for the big dogs' pint-sized pals.

Pup parents lined up the miniature racers outside Canal Park Brewery in Duluth, Minnesota, at 7 a.m. Friday for the mini sled dog race. Two weight classes competed in the annual event: 12 pounds and under and up to 22 pounds.

The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon is the longest race in the lower 48 states. It's set to take off Sunday, Jan. 27.