Running off pancakes on Independence Day

By Casey Killian

July 4, 2013 Updated Jul 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds celebrated the Fourth of July with pancakes and running.

Independence Day festivities started at the Montrose Methodist Church, where a pancake breakfast was being held.

More than 600 people were expected to attend the annual breakfast and 210 pounds of batter mix was estimated to be used.

"Well it's fun. It's a fun way to celebrate. We're done before the parade starts and so we can all go out and watch the parade and then make our way to the green with all the fun stuff going on there," said church member Priscilla Andre.

The Kwianis Lions and Rotary Club of Montrose also held 5K and 10K races.

The races have a reputation for being one of the most rigorous in the area, and people come from all over the country to participate.

"Looking at the registration, seems like we get a lot from Virginia and Maryland, I've seen Florida, I've seen some from the West Coast, so we pretty much get participants from all over the country," said Fred Malloy, race director.

More than 400 runners participated in the races.

"Being that it's my first time here, I'm just kind of amazed at the amount of runners, the energy, the excitement. It's just really motivational," said 5K runner, Maggie Caines.