Annual Pancake Run/Walk Set for April 8 at NDA Track

Maddie Jaloszynski, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Math teacher Brian Konshak, along with counselor Cassidy McGowan, are organizing the Pancake Run/Walk for the third consecutive year.

The fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, April 8, at the NDA track.

The Pancake Run/Walk is a timed, 25-minute, run/walk around the track with unlimited pancakes (and two link sausages) to follow.  Start time is 5 p.m.

The cost to participate is $15, which includes a shirt.  Konshak has solicited sponsors to fund the event, and those sponsors’ names will be on the shirt. Anyone interested in being a donor/sponsor should contact him at the school.

The deadline to sign up and be guaranteed a shirt is March 18, but same-day registration goes until 4:30 p.m.on April 8.  

The link to sign up is .

Drawings will be held after the race for door prizes, and in case of rain pancakes will be served in the NDA Commons.

If someone can’t or doesn’t want to walk, he can still pay the $15, get a shirt and enjoy the pancake dinner.

After all, it’s a fundraiser for a good cause, not an athletic competition.

The first year the proceeds from the event went to the Amago De Patzan, the  Spring Week fundraiser that year. Last year the proceeds benefited James Bosco, an NDA student with special schooling needs due to blindness. Over $1,000 was raised from the event.

This year the funds will go to the NDA Closet, a fund that helps students with activity fees, athletic fees, lunch money, uniforms, tutoring and other similar needs.

In the past, entire families participated, such as librarian Katie Gelb who brings her children to the event.

“My favorite part would have to be seeing the kids catch a pancake on their plate.  My own son’s reaction was priceless,” Konshak said.

Konshak himself usually runs during the event, but this year he will be busy flipping the pancakes.

He hopes to have 150 people participate eating at least three pancakes each.

Konshak spends a lot of time promoting this event. He wrote an article for the NDA website, has done both written and spoken announcements and has flyers posted around the hallways.

Principal Patrick Browne said,”The Pancake Run is a great community-building activity. I would love to see everyone be involved as the proceeds will help students right here at Notre Dame who need school supplies, clothing and other essentials.”