Pancake Race continues at Ewalt Elementary
The Shrove Tuesday pancake race began in Olney, England in the 15th century and in 1950, Liberal, Kan. Challenged Olney to an international competition.
Inspired by the race between Liberal and Olney, fifth grade students began hosting their own race almost 15 years ago at Augusta’s Ewalt Elementary School, along with the St. James Catholic School fifth graders.
Contestants must carry a pancake in a frying pan and flip it at the beginning and end of the race.
The local runners earning bragging rights were St. James student Anastacia Pennycuff, the fastest girl and Dalton Pankratz, Ewalt fifth grader, led the boys.
This year’s international winner on Tuesday was Gaby Covarrubias of Liberal with the time of 1:08.85, about 2.5 seconds faster than Katie Godof, who ran the race in Olney with a time of 1:11.4.
It was the first win for Liberal since 2015. The Kansas town now leads the series 38-29.
Augusta native Erin Loewen won the American leg of the annual trans-Atlantic pancake race in Liberal in 2006.