Second Annual Pancake Race
Friday, February 19, 2010
Photos by Paul Struck, Mike Leckband and Vanessa Reusch
On a frigid Tuesday Feb. 16, 2010, the second annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Race took place in Cherokee. According to race organizer J.C. Cook, in England many years ago the tradition was established for housewives to use the food ingredients that they would otherwise stop using during Lent on "Shrove Tuesday" and to use those ingredients to make pancakes. The custom evolved into a Shrove Tuesday race which is still conducted in Olney, England to this day.
The race includes women who wear a dress, an apron, and a head scarf, all carrying a pan with a pancake. At the start of the race, all runners must flip their pancake, then run the 415-yard course, winding through town and ending at the church where they must again flip their pancake to finish.
The racers then enter the church, place their pans in front of the sanctuary, and a brief "Shriving Service" is conducted with recognition given to the runners at this time.
Jennie B -
One of the hardest workers for the 2010 Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race was official Jennie Burroughs, right, who registered all the competitors at City Hall.
Forty colorfully-attired ladies participated in the 2010 Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race on Shrove Tuesday, beginning at City Hall and finishing at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. The second annual event kicks off the Lenten season in an ancient traditional way and proceeds benefit the local food pantries.
Ahead of the pack -
Liza Fuller is pictured turning the corner from 5th Street onto Main Street. Fuller, at this point of the race, was far ahead of the next racer. Fuller won the Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race with a time of 1:41.52.
Climbing Piety Hill -
Contestants in the second annual Cherokee Great Pancake Race are pictured finishing the final leg of the course by Climbing Piety Hill - There were 38 runners in this year's event. Although the temperature was in the low 20's, it may have set a world record of being the coldest known pancake race.
Flip at the Finish -
Each contestant of the Cherokee Great Pancake Race had to flip his or her pancake at the finish line before his or her race time would become official. Pictured making sure that Korrie Waldner, right, completed here task was Pastor Larry Ostercamp, left, of the Meriden Evangelical Free Church along with the official time keep, Tim Greenwood, looking on. Waldner finished seventh place with a time of 2:07.92.
One fast flipper -
Liza Fuller of Cherokee took first place in the 2010 Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race on Tuesday. Fuller set the Arctic Course record with the time of 1:41.52.
Glad hatters -
Dedicated officials came together to make sure the Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race ran smoothly. Among them, left to right, Marlin Lode, Jim Nelson, timer Tim Greenwood and Pam Pierce.
Making it official -
Tim Greenwood, left, and John Cook are pictured going over the official race results shortly after Tuesday's Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race.
Sisters 3 -
Among the happy competitors in Tuesday's Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race was this sister trio of, left to right, Andrea Cook, Karen Aduddell, and Patty Brown.
Freezin' Flippers -
The Freezin' Flippers team from Dr. Pat Harrison's office had fun competing in this year's Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race. They are, left to right, Cherie Holton, JoAnna Anderson, Pat Harrison, and Linda Burkhart.
Best Dressed -
This happy camouflaged trio was voted Best Dressed Team at the 2010 Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race. They are, left to right, Karin Cedar, Myla Stoneking, and Karla Wilkie.
Winner to winner -
Roni Timmerman, left, voted last year's Best Dressed participant in the Cherokee Great Pancake Day Race, bestows the symbolic apron on this year's winner, Molly Johnson, during ceremonies at St. Paul's Methodist Church Tuesday.