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October 19th, 2019

lapinski in frontL&T photo/Earl WattELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


A past winner took home her second title as Pancake Day Race champion Tuesday morning. 

Maggie Lapinski, who won the race (her first time participating) in 2017, took home the Liberal title with a time of 62.98 seconds. Coming in second and third places were Maria Alba and Morgan Potts. 

Lapinski’s time was also good enough for the international title, besting Britain’s Amy Butler who won Olney’s leg of the race with a time of 70 seconds.

“It was really fun this year,” Lapinski said after the race. “I took a break last year and decided to go out for it again this year. I was a little nervous but it was a lot of fun.”

Lapinski, who led the entirety of the race, is a middle school cross country coach for USD 480 and said she was keeping in mind some of the things she tells her athletes. 

“I don’t know if I was the best example, but I was definitely making sure I kept up my form and doing everything I tell my students,” Lapinski said with a laugh. “But sometimes that’s easier said than done.”

Lapinski added she was very pleased with her time for this year’s race. She had won the 2017 race with a time of 61.06 seconds.

“It’s a really weird distance, so I don’t know exactly how to compare it to other races, but I do feel pretty happy with it,” Lapinski said. 

Pancake Day 2019 dawned sunny but cold, and did not seem to diminish the racers’ spirits. 

“It feels great right now,” Lapinski said “It actually feels a lot better looking back on the race than thinking while running. It’s always really fun but I also like winning, so it feels great winning for the second time.”

Lapinski also talked about some differences between this year’s win and her win back in 2017. 

“It’s definitely colder this year, the weather was a lot nicer in 2017, I remember I was wearing shorts then,” Lapinski said with a chuckle. “This year was really fun and I could hear a lot of my athletes cheering for me on the sidelines, which was great. I had a lot of fun running this year with the rest of the ladies.”

And even though this year’s Pancake Day festivities just ended, Lapinski offered encouragement for women in Liberal to think about signing up for next year. 

“It’s always really fun, it’s a great way to meet people,” Lapinski said. “Both years I’ve done this I’ve met some great ladies and I’ve even run this with some of my friends, and that’s great. I know some of the ladies are more competitive, like me, and some are more interested in having fun participating and keeping the tradition alive, and that’s great too. If you have a chance, definitely go out and run it, so thank you to everyone who comes out and supports this every year.”

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