Baby racing is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when infants go head-to-head to see who will earn the title of fastest crawler in a hilarious, yet adorable showdown! In Lithuania, the rat race of life apparently starts early. Twenty-five babies have taken to the red carpet in Lithuania in a crawling race as their parents, grandparents and onlookers cheered the spectacle.
Saturday’s event in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was the 20th annual event staged by a local radio station to mark International Children’s Day, celebrated in this Baltic nation on June 1.
Teams waved toys and even banged baby food cans to spur the 7-to-11-month-old baby girls and boys to move faster on the carpet.
An 11-month-old baby boy named Ignas managed to crawl over a few meters (yards) and reach the finish line first.
These amusing diaper derbies can be dated back to the 1940s. Babies would chase after stuffed animals that sat at the finish line. Today, these baby races continue to be held around the world, including: Canada, the U.S., Lithuania, China and Taiwan.
The rules are simple. Babies can be of any age as long as they can crawl. If they stand up at any point during the race, they are immediately disqualified. Parents are allowed to stand on both ends of the lane to encourage their baby to crawl to them as fast as possible.
The babies who compete win all sorts of prizes, depending on who is sponsoring the event. But despite if your baby wins or loses, the cuteness is worth it!