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International Race Filling Up Fast

KSCB News - January 31, 2012 8:21 am

After just two days of sign-ups, the International Pancake Day Race already has nine contestants, including a mother and her four daughters. Race sign-ups for all ages continue through Feb. 10, but each race is limited to 15 runners.
As of Monday afternoon, contestants for the Feb. 21 International Race are Saira Ugarte, 19; veteran racer Tessy Barnett, 38, who will be competing for the ninth time; Sonya Holman, 26; and Kristen Manning, 26. Ugarte, Holman and Manning are first-time racers. Also racing will be Amanda Schwab, 49; and her four daughters: Johnette, 22; Kendra, 18; Whitney Hampton, 25; and Nique Brown, 29. Amanda and Whitney have each raced once before; the other Schwab women are first-time runners.
The Men ’ s Pacer Race has two entries so far: John Vaught, 35; and Tyson McGuire, 27. The Women ’ s Last Chance Race has one entrant, Jetta Headrick.
Children ’ s races are filling up fast also, with the three-year-old boys ’ and seven-year-old girls ’ races full.
Sign-ups are at the Liberal Recreation Center, 1109 W. 7th St. (in Blue Bonnet Park during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. through Feb. 10. Racers may also sign up from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. Feb. 4. These sign-ups are for all races and all age groups, except for the Feb. 18 Pancake Chase.
The number of entrants allowed in each race is limited to 15, and a category will be closed once that limit is reached. There is no entry fee. No early or late sign-ups will be accepted.


The International Race
The International Race is the main event, and this will be 63rd match-up between the women of Liberal, Kansas, and Olney, England. This race is limited to women age 18 or older with a Liberal address who have “domestic duties.” (High school students who are 18 should enter the youth division.) Women who sign up for the International Race will have a photo taken when they turn in entry forms, or if they prefer, they may bring a photo with them. Women who sign up for the International Race are also eligible for free workouts at the Wellness Center at Seward Community College/Area Technical School (entrants will be given details at the time they sign up).

Men’s Pacer Race
The Men’s Pacer Race is open to all men ages 18 and older (except those still enrolled in high school, who will run in the youth division).

Women’s Last Chance Race
The Last Chance race is open to women ages 50 and older. (Women who are over 50 may enter the main International Race if they prefer, as long as they meet the Liberal residence requirement.)

Youth Races
This category is for teens ages 14-18 who live in Liberal. The youth division will feature at least two races, one for men and one for women. The number of racers who sign up will determine how many age categories the racers will be grouped into. The youth division race is a 75-yard dash and will be held immediately after the children’s races conclude. Pancake Day organizers would like to encourage high school students to enter, since USD 480 is closed in honor of Pancake Day. Winners will receive medals only and no monetary prizes, so high school athletes can enter without losing eligibility. Any entrant under 18 must have a parent or guardian present to sign the entry form.

Children’s Races
Children from ages 3-13 who live in Liberal are eligible, and each age and gender competes in a separate category, offering lots of room for Liberal’s youngest Pancake Day Racers. The child’s parent or guardian must be present to sign the entry form.

All sign-ups will be at the Liberal Recreation Center, 1109 W. 7th St. (in Blue Bonnet Park). For more information on any race, call Ronna Stump at 620-626-0133 or JoAnn Combs at 620-624-6423.


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