By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
On a day that was focused primarily on the international race, a race run a few minutes prior to that took some of the spotlight during the
2009 International Pancake Day celebration.
Although she did not place in the top three, Liberal’s first international race winner, Billie Warden, still competed in Tuesday’s Last Chance Race, and she said revisiting part of the race course brought back memories.
“It felt wonderful,” she said. “I found out that my new knee doesn’t run. I wasn’t supposed to run anyway.”
Warden, who ran in the race with her daughter, Alicia Bird, said she was told by both Bird and her doctor not to run, so instead, the two walked the short course, and Warden said she was pleased to be competing again, even at the age of 81.
“This was wonderful to be back for the 60th anniversary,” she said.
“The crowd is considerably different too. That first year, they just kind of faded all around you. It’s always wonderful to be home, and I’m glad to be here.”
Tuesday’s Last Chance Race was somewhat nostalgic, according to Warden.
“I’m so glad that I was here,” she said.