Race gets bum wrap

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

IT’S a race of laugh­ter, false starts and wild bot­tle wav­ing: in New York’s Di­a­per Derby, 30 in­fants bat­tle it out for glory in a three-me­tre crawl­ing con­test.

There is only one real rule: get­ting on your feet is not al­lowed. From the side­lines par­ents will on their prog­eny with bot­tles of milk, TV re­mote con­trols or jan­gling keys.

There is no stop­watch, and the time it takes these cheru­bic ath­letes to power down the mat is un­pre­dictable. One might sud­denly doze off mid­way. An­other breaks down in tears. A third crawls out back­wards.

Held in the same Man­hat­tan ho­tel that hosted Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory party last Novem­ber, it has been or­gan­ised for the past seven years by the New York City Triathlon, which will hold its adult event to­day.

In the end 11-month-old Brooke (pic­tured) from Dal­las, Texas, crawled away with the tro­phy af­ter mak­ing a dash for the fin­ish line.

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