International Pancake Race

11:13 am
Mon February 16, 2015

English Mother, Daughter To Watch Kansas Leg of Pancake Race

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An English mother and daughter who are both past champions of a trans-Atlantic pancake race will be in southwest Kansas for this year's competition.

21-year-old Devon Byrne won't be able to compete on Tuesday after winning for a third straight time last year.

Byrne will instead watch the Liberal leg of the Shrove Tuesday competition in which women from there and Olney, England, run the course with a pancake in their pan, flipping it at the beginning and end of the race. Participants compete in aprons and head scarves.

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10:15 am
Wed March 5, 2014

English Runner Continues To Dominate Against Liberal In Annual Pancake Race

An English runner won the 65th annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race on Tuesday.

20-year-old Devon Byrne of Olney, England, covered the course in a record time of 55.61 seconds. This is her third win in a row.

Runners in this friendly competition between Olney and Liberal, Kansas, wear aprons and head scarves, and run the course with a pancake in a pan.

Byrne beat 25-year-old Summer Parsons, who won the leg of the race in Liberal with a time of 63.5 seconds.

Olney has won the race 28 times, and Liberal has 36 wins.

Pancake Racing
7:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Why Does Liberal Have An Annual Pancake Race Against A Town In The UK?

Liberal winner Caitlin Demarest leads the pack
Fletcher Powell KMUW

Eight hundred miles from the bright colors, music and costumes of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a quiet snow falls on the southwest Kansas town of Liberal. It’s not obvious right away that something important is happening, but as you move downtown it becomes pretty clear that Liberal is not going to let a few inches of snow stop them from their annual celebration—the International Pancake Race between Liberal and Olney, England.

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