Since 1949, race taking place at Olney, England and Liberal, Kansas. Housewives run 415 yds. carrying skillet and flipping pancakes. In Olney, the Pancake Race tradition dates back more than 500 years to 1445. A woman engrossed in using up cooking fats (forbidden during Lent) was making pancakes. Hearing the church bells ring calling everyone to the shriving service, she grabbed her head scarf (required in church) and ran to the church, skillet and pancake in hand and still apron- clad. In following years, neighbors got into the act and it became a race to see who could reach the church first and collect a "Kiss of Peace" from the verger (bell- ringer.) The kiss is still the traditional prize in both races. Racers must still wear a head scarf and apron and the runner must flip her pancake at the starting signal, and again after crossing the finish line, to prove she still has her pancake. Kids' races and other entertainment will have you flipping all day.