By Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Kiwanis held their annual Pancake Breakfast and 5K Run Saturday, April 8th at the NSU Pavillion and Tailgating area. The 5k race featured 45 runners who enjoyed perfect spring weather running a course on NSU’s picturesque campus. The Kiwanians were assisted by about 30 NSU students from various sports teams and organizations who helped serve food and cheer on the runners.
The popular event, a spring tradition in Natchitoches, is expected to raise about $12,000.00, all of which will be used in the local area for Kiwanis’ programs such as Terrific Kids, Circle K, Key Club and K-Kids youth programs. The Kiwanis also supports CASA and the Women’s Resource Center.
The event closed with a fiercly contested pancake flipping contast between Dr, Chris Maggio, NSU Interim President, Mayor Lee Posey and Natchitoches District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington. All three contestants fired up the crowd with their pancake flipping skills, but the Mayor and DA were unable to overcome Dr. Maggio’s homefield advantage as he drew the loudest cheers and won the competition.
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