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'Great Pancake Day Race' successful

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Starting Line - The runners participating in Shrove Tuesday's Great Pancake Day Race in Cherokee posed for their historic "team photo" before the 2012 event Tuesday, which traditionally serves to kick off the Lenten season the day before Ash Wednesday. This celebration of fun raises money to benefit Cherokee's two community food pantries. Photo by Paul Struck. For more photos, see the "2012 Pancake Race" Photo Gallery.
The "Great Pancake Race of Cherokee" was once again a stunning success, according to organizers, with nearly 30 area women donning old-fashioned garb and wondrous smiles, and participating in the traditional Shrove Tuesday Lenten celebration on Feb. 21.

Borrowing from a steeped tradition from England, the Adult Sunday School Class of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee conceived the event for Cherokee in 2009, and then went to work to make it happen with outstanding success for the fourth time.

The race began at the Cherokee City Hall at 5:30 p.m. and ended 415 yards later at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, at the top of Piety Hill on West Main Street.

Runners were required to flip their pancakes at the start and the finish. Myla Stoneking came in first in this year's race.

Many area residents dined at a pancake fundraiser benefiting Cherokee's two food pantries.

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