The opening ceremony started with a procession to March of the Snowflakes by GrandAdmiralMellacus. The procession was led by the Icicle King and the Icicle Queen, followed by the members of the International Marble Sport Committee. The competing teams then processed out to meet the King and Queen before lining up with the IMC. The host team, the Snowballs came out last with the Marble League flame. They then carried the flame up the steps to and lit the Marble League Flame, officially starting the Marble League. The anthem of the Snowballs was then played.
The 5 Meter Ice Dash is a racing event similar to the 5 Meter Sprint, the difference being the course is made of smooth plastic with no barriers between the marbles, causing an effect similar to slipping on ice. One marble from each team takes part in a heat consisting of four marbles. The top two fastest marbles move on to the next round.