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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Race-quality pancakes are prepared for the competitors, ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Pancakes are prepared for onlookers, during the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A general view of the Guildhall buildings, during the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A man prepares the starting cannon, ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A competitor from the Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers (and the eventual winner of the novelty costume competiton), (C) awaits the judges decision during the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Competitors take part in the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A race-quality pancake is seen in a frying pan, ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Competitors take part in the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Competitors put on their running shoes, ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Three competitors flip pancakes for photographers, ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images,)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A competitor puts on his robes, ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
People from the village of Ruthin in north Wales take part in the annual Pancake Race around the square on Shrove Tuesday on February 28, 2017. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Particpants run around Ruthin village square in north Wales as they take part in the annual Pancake Race around the square on Shrove Tuesday on February 28, 2017. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Competitors take part in the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A competitor takes part in the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: The Lord Mayor of London (2L) joins others as they flip pancakes ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: The Lord Mayor of London (C) joins others as they flip pancakes ahead of the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Competitors take part in the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: A competitor takes part in the annual Inter-Livery Pancake Race at The Guildhall on February 28, 2017 in London, England. The race sees 24 teams from London's traditional companies of craftspeople take part in a pancake-tossing race, while dressed in either their ceremonial robes or novelty costumes. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Local school children run around Ruthin village square in north Wales as they take part in the annual Pancake Race around the square on Shrove Tuesday on February 28, 2017. / AFP / PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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This Tuesday marked national pancake day, and what better way to celebrate the delicious flap-jack but with a race. No this isn't a marathon where the finishers enjoy a fresh stack of pancakes when they cross the finish line. This race marries the sport of running with the deliciousness of the pancake. Competitors run a 415m dash while consistently flipping their pancakes.

The origins of the race remain unknown but a common story is told about a woman who happened to be cooking a pancake when she heard the church bells ring for the penance service -- which takes place the night before Lent begins -- and left her home so quickly she brought the frying pan with her.

Since then Londoner's and now some Americans celebrate the day before lent with some pancake-flipping fun. The London race takes place at the Guildhall yard where 24 teams compete while dressed in ceremonial robes or costumes.

For those not celebrating pancake day you may take part in some other sweet related activities while taking part in Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, and Shrove Tuesday activities.

To find out more about the event click here.

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