RARITAN TWP., NJ – Volunteer firefighters representing the Raritan Township Fire Department and the Flemington Fire Department faced off today at the new IHOP here in the restaurant’s first annual pancake-eating relay race.

Five members of each squad competed as fellow firefighters and the public cheered them on.

It was a friendly event but – because they are all firefighters – you might say it was a heated competition.

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The rules were simple. The contest began with one member from each team consuming a plate of three pancakes. Choice of flavor of syrup was at the discretion of the competitor.

Once a competitor finished his plate and the judge confirmed it, the next teammate began his or her plate. The relay continued until one team had each of their five contestants finish their pancakes.

The contest was just for bragging rights. Each squad received a donation from Flemington IHOP owners Neil and Sanjay Patel of Imperio Group.

Flemington Fire Department’s donation is a little higher. That’s because they won the race.

In addition, each competitor received an IHOP gift certificate so that they can return and enjoy a meal at the restaurant at a more leisurely pace.

One the contest ended, excitement lingered in the air. A spontaneous spirit of comradery erupted among the IHOP servers working the event, sparking the idea that they should have a face-off of their own – the guys against the girls.

The girls won and received a warm round of applause and congratulations from the spectators.

The Flemington IHOP is at the Hampton Inn on Royal Road, just off Church Street Extension in the township.

Flemington IHOP and TAPinto Flemington-Raritan are marketing partners.