In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, the McCleary Civic Renewal Council is hosting a Shrove Day Pancake Race. Shrove Tuesday is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday. Some countries celebrate the day by eating pancakes, which is why the day is also known as Pancake Day. In the United Kingdom, pancake races are held in villages and towns. The tradition originated in 1445 when a housewife from Buckinghamshire was making pancakes and forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced to the church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, tossing the pancake all the way to prevent it from burning.
Packet Pickup/Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Summit Pacific parking lot. Race begins at 9:00 a.m. Although the race will be untimed, there will be a timing clock on site so participants can view their race times.
Registration include a commemorative T-shirt.
There will be a Competitive Dash and a Family Dash. Parents, if you are planning to run/walk with your child, you will need to also register. If you wish to participate in both the Competitive Dash and Family Dash, you need to register only once.
Race route: Start line will be at the Fire Department, and runners will run to the VFW Hall and back. Course length is just over a quarter of a mile or roughly 1,400 feet. Strollers and dogs on leashes are not allowed on the course.
Bring a frying pan. Pancakes will be provided. Don't have a frying pan? You can purchase a frying pan when you register for the race.
Got a fashionable apron or hat? Costumes are encouraged! Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, and second to last place finishers and best costume.
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