On your marks, get set... who goes? The NY baby race

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

New York, US - It’s a race of laugh­ter, false starts and wild bot­tle wav­ing: New York’s Di­a­per Derby sees 30 in­fants bat­tle it out for glory in a 3m crawl­ing con­test.

There is only one real rule: Try­ing to stum­ble to your feet is not al­lowed. From the side­lines par­ents will urge on their prog­eny with bot­tles of milk, tele­vi­sion re­mote con­trols or key jan­gling.

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

Held in the same Man­hat­tan ho­tel that hosted Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory party last Novem­ber, it has been or­gan­ised for the last seven years by the New York City Triathlon, which this year holds its adult event on Sun­day.

While most par­ents are af­ter fun mem­o­ries rather than the di­a­per-shaped tro­phy, Tamara Cac­chione ad­mits to warm­ing up nine month daugh­ter Maya with the theme song from the Hol­ly­wood box­ing epic Rocky.

“She loves other ba­bies... I am wor­ried she may try to kiss the other kids,” she says, hav­ing trav­elled from up­state with her hus­band, grand­par­ents, aunt and un­cle.

“This will be some­thing fun to tell her... maybe if she has chil­dren or when she is big­ger I can show that she did this.”

Kimi Mei, from Brook­lyn, ad­mits to sub­ject­ing ten month old son Hunter to a ‘lit­tle bit’ of train­ing by set­ting him against a friend in the park.

But her ‘se­cret weapon’ is the re­mote con­trol he ‘is not al­lowed to play with and he al­ways wants to play with’.

“So I brought it to­day and I am hop­ing I can light it up and he will go for it.”

Chris Ken­nel, who drove in from Ge­or­gia to take part in the triathlon, wants son Car­son to be­come an ath­lete and thought ‘he’d have a chance to win’.

But in the end 11 month old Brooke crawled off with the tro­phy. An out-of-town girl from Dal­las, Texas, she made a bee­line for the finish line and won all the glory.

“She just likes to crawl around a lot,” said mother Kristy Ben­der as her daugh­ter drib­bled into the mi­cro­phone.


Par­ents line up their ba­bies to race in the NYC Triathlon’s an­nual Di­a­per Derby, in New York City, on Fri­day. Around 30 in­fants raced in sev­eral heats across a 3m course as their par­ents urged them on from either end

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