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Scenes from 2014 Ninth Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Triathlon

2014 Ninth Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Triathlon

2014 Ninth Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Triathlon

Story and photos courtesy of Ted Smith, Communication Committee Photographer

The Governors Village 9th Annual Firemen’s 5K Race & Pancake Breakfast was held on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The weather was cool, the sun was shining and all in all, it was a great day for a race. Whether you ran or watched, it was fun. Most of the runners had broad smiles as they crossed the finish line. Perhaps this was to celebrate their accomplishment or maybe the prospect of a Pancake Breakfast. Whichever it was, we leave to you to discover. Each runner was greeted with cheers and applause as they completed the race. Each participant was presented with a collectors t-shirt.

Shortly after the last runner completed the circuit, runners and non-runners were treated to a Pancake Breakfast prepared by our own Social Committee and served by the Firemen and Firewomen of the North Chatham Fire Department. Also on hand was a full size mascot named Sparky. Sparky encouraged the runners and spoke with the children to give them more of an awareness of what to do in case of fire. These firefighters showed their lighter side when they posed for a group photo.

Following the Pancake Breakfast, the Kids Triathlon started. The participants were to run around the tennis court, bicycle around a course and lastly dive into the pool to swim. After they were grouped according to ages, they were off to the races. To their credit, no one showed the slightest hesitation to leap into the pool and complete the race. After everyone finished, prizes were awarded and everyone either stayed at the pool or left to begin any remaining Saturday activities.

The Communications Committee thanks Social Committee member Shannon Leslie for alerting us to a couple of photo ops that would otherwise have been missed. We must all thank Janie Bailey, Chair and all the Social Committee members and volunteers for doing so well with the challenging tasks of planning and completing this event. I think we all agree that it was a great success.

The pictures will further describe this special day. Enjoy!

2014 Ninth Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Triathlon

Fire Truck at 2013 Pancake Breakfast

Fire Truck at 2013 Pancake Breakfast

Join us for the 9th Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Triathlon!

Saturday May 17, 2014
8:15am – Start time for 5K (map)
9:00am – Pancake Breakfast
10:00am – Kids Triathlon
All activities take place at the pool

Volunteers needed, see contact info below

5K Fun Run
The Fun Run tours four of our neighborhoods at Governors Village – the Park, Townes, Lake & Village. Your generous donation to the North Chatham Fire Department covers both your race registration and Pancake Breakfast. Advance registration is requested, please see below. Alternatively, you may register on-site starting at 7:30 am.

Pancake Breakfast
Everyone is invited to the breakfast, even if you don’t participate in the run. Please bring a donation for the Fire Department equal to your appetite!

Kids Triathlon
Get ready to run, bike & swim! Kid-sized course will be mapped around the Park. For the younger kids, it’s a .25-mile run (one loop around the tennis courts), a .8 mile bike ride (one loop around the park) and a one-lap swim. For older kids, the distances are doubled. Bike helmets required. Prizes will be awarded in several age groups.

Support your North Chatham Volunteer Fire Department!
The firemen will have a fire truck in the parking lot and will demonstrate their equipment. We hope that you’ll come out this year with a generous donation to help purchase needed equipment that the budget does not cover. Please provide a donation for the Fire Department equal to your appetite in the form of cash or checks made payable to: North Chatham Fire Department.

Registration information:
To register, please send the following information to: rsvpgovernorsvillage@gmail.com. Please help us plan by registering in advance.

  • For the 5K Walk/Run or Triathlon, provide: (a) athlete name, (b) age, (c) gender
  • For the Pancake Breakfast, please provide: (a) number of adults, (b) number of children

Contact information:
Mary Anne Hutton (maryannehutton [at] gmail.com) – volunteer information, 5K
Jane Bailey (janiembailey [at] gmail.com) – Pancake Breakfast
Scott Leslie (scottpleslie [at] gmail.com) – Kids Triathlon

Attachments: (1) 2014 Pancake Breakfast & 5K Flyer, (2) Map of 5K route

2013 Eighth Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Triathlon

This past weekend, Governors Village residents kicked off the summer big time! In addition to celebrating the pool opening for the season, community members participated in the Eighth Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast, 5K Run/Walk, and Kids Triathlon. Thanks to the Social Committee and all residents and participants for making the weekend a great success!

Check out photos (courtesy of Ted Smith) below or on Facebook. Complete details about event results and amount of donations raised will be posted here soon.

UPDATE: Results and details of events are in!

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Eighth Annual Firemen’s Breakfast and 5K Race May 11, 2013

2012 5K Starting Line. Photo: Ted Smith

The 8th Annual Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast and 5K Run/Walk fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013, opening day for the Governors Village pool. Sponsored by the Social Committee, this fun-filled morning includes a 5K Run/Walk through the neighborhoods, a pancake breakfast and a Kids Triathlon.

This social event has become a Governors Village tradition that brings neighbors together to benefit the Chatham County Fire Department. With the money raised last year the firemen were able to purchase an additional defibrillator and gas detector. Again this year firemen will be on site with fire trucks, a huge ladder and other equipment and will even serve breakfast!


7:30 5K Race Registration at the pool
8:15 5K Race through the neighborhoods
9:00 Pancake Breakfast at the pool
10:00 Kids Triathlon (Bike helmet required)

Volunteers Needed

Organizing an event like this is quite an undertaking. Social Committee members are working very hard, but could use some help. Please consider giving a little of your time to help make this year’s event a huge success.

To volunteer email Dominique Gignac (dgignac at earthlink.net).


Registration will open in a couple of weeks.


Dominique Gignac, Governors Village Social Committee Chair, dgignac at earthlink.net