For years I've taken a (very) small measure of Kansas pride in the fact that my home state is host to one half of the International Pancake Day Race.

Each year on Shrove Tuesday, residents of Liberal, Kansas, race their counterparts in Olney, England, all with pancake pans—and pancakes—in hand. Having never attended a race, I was under the impression that runners had to flip their pancakes throughout the event.

Wrong. They flip once at the beginning and once at the end—to prove they still have their pancake payload. [The incriminating video, after the jump.]

Liberal, Kansas, Pancake Day Race 2008

Olney, England, Pancake Day Race 2007

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