Three Have Signed Up For The 66th International Pancake Race
KSCB News - January 30, 2015 8:13 am
With just over a week remaining to enter Pancake Day races, the International Race and Men’s Pacer Race each have just three contestants. International racers include Sindice Jimenez, 39-year-old mother of three; Lindsay Claus, 35, a first-grade dual language teacher at McDermott Elementary; and Elizabeth Irby, 44, registered nurse for Seward County WIC. All three are first-time racers.
Men’s Race contestants include Ed Kentner, 54, director at National Carriers; Mayor Joe Denoyer, 54, KSCB radio personality; and Kelby Tomlinson, 24, a USD 480 teacher and professional athlete with the San Francisco Giants.
Three categories for ages three-18 are full: three-year-old girls, four-year-old boys, and seven-year-old girls. Several other categories have only a few spots left. Sign-ups for all racers for the 66th International Pancake Day, which is Feb. 17, continue through Feb. 6 at the Liberal Recreation Center, 1109 W. 7th St. (in Blue Bonnet Park). Eligible racers may sign up during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. These sign-ups are for all races and all age groups, except for the Parks and Rec Pancake Chase.
The number of contestants in each race is limited to 15, and a category will be closed once that limit is reached. There is no entry fee. No late sign-ups will be accepted.
The International Race
The International Race is the main event, and this will be 65th 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 should bring a photo of themselves when they sign up, if possible.
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).
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 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.
Sign-ups continue during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. through Feb. 6. 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.