By MediaWize, OCNJDAILY
More than 40 of the youngest and fastest new Ocean City residents and visitors raced in the Pamper Scamper on Tuesday.
The annual event is a crawling race for children 15 months old and younger.
The races start with the competitors in the center of a parachute. First one to crawl to the perimeter and the waiting arms of a parent or guardian is the winner.
After several heats divided into age categories, the winners of the championship round were as follows:
- Daniel Kraft, 13 months old, Northfield, N.J.
- Paxton Ketterer, 11 months old, Souderton, Pa.
- Bennett Coffey, 9 months old, Mount Laurel, N.J.
Bowfish Kids (956 Asbury Avenue) was the event’s major sponsor, along with the city of Ocean City.
The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Johnson’s Popcorn, the Ocean City Free Public Library and We Make It Personal also made donations for gift baskets for the winners.
The champion crawler, Daniel, is the son of Brielle and Brian Kraft.
The Pamper Scamper is a precursor to the 112th annual Ocean City Baby Parade, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.
The parade features children ages 10 and under cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats.
Pre-registration for anybody who wants to participate remains open until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday www.ocnj.us/babyparade.
The parade starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at 12th Street and all other entries continuing to 14th Street. The parade is free to watch from either side of the Boardwalk.
Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the boardwalk. On the parade morning, the Boardwalk will close to bicycle traffic at 10 a.m.