The women of Olney not only compete against each other but also against the women of Liberal, Kansas USA. It all started in 1950 from a magazine picture of the Olney women racing each other to the church. Liberal Jaycee President R.J. Leete contacted the Rev. Ronald Collin, Vicar of St. Peter and St. Paul’s church in Olney, challenging their women to a race against the women of Liberal. The Vicar replied, “The Race is on!”
The first race was held on February 21st, 1950.
The record stands with 26 wins for Olney and 36 wins for Liberal (with 1 no contest as in 1980 the score didn’t count because a news van blocked the finish line in Olney).
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Canon Collins Vicar of Olney and RJ Leete.