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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Oldest Annual Footrace in the World

Well, I'm not sure that it is, but it's real darn old.

Today is what my friend Jenny Domanski calls "Spot-the-Catholic Day", so that makes yesterday Shrove Tuesday. Since 1445, the English town of Olney has put on a women-only 415-yard "pancake race" on that day.

This year's winner was 42-year-old Jane Hughes, who covered the distance in 73.5 seconds. No word yet on how this compares to the course record.

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