Thursday, March 10, 2011

Kansas woman captures the International Pancake Race title

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

The 62nd annual International Pancake Race was this week in Liberal, Kansas.
  • The 62nd annual International Pancake Race was this week in Liberal, Kansas.

A woman in Kansas is now the world's best at flipping a pancake, then running a race while wearing an apron and head scarf and holding a skillet.

The race is held annually on the same Tuesday as Fat Tuesday, in recognition of International Pancake Day. Two timed trials are held in Olney, England, and Liberal, Kansas. The fastest contestant wins the race for her hometown. And as the High Plains Leader & Times reports, 28-year-old Nicole Schowengerdt captured this year's title. 

This was the first time that the former Kansas City resident has run the race in Liberal, but the annual competition between the two towns has seen women competing in costumes for more than 60 years in honor of Lent beginning the following day. Liberal has won the race 36 times, while Olney has been victorious 25 times.

The contestants have to flip a pancake at the starting line and then run 415 yards before crossing the finish line and again flipping the pancake to prove that it is still inside the skillet they are holding the entire time. Schowengerdt completed the race in 1 minute, 3.41 seconds. Nicky Sallis of Olney had the second best time of 1 minute, 12 seconds.

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