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July 19, 2013

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Tonawanda News — And boy, was she right. 

Although Zachary took off to a quick crawling start in his races, some other babies weren’t as speedy. In one heat, three babies simply refused to move. 

At the start of that heat, two of the contestants immediately began crying, while the third just laid on his stomach, smiling at the crowd. 

The moms at the finish line toted goldfish crackers and toys, but the kids were not amused. Parents pretended to crawl to encourage their babies. The contestants didn’t move an inch. 

Then, a minute or so after the race began, the third baby started crying and pounding his fists on the ground — and all three were staring helplessly at their parents. 

“This is the stubborn heat,” one audience member joked. 

Eventually, Demler was forced to suspend the rules to get things moving, and allowed the launching parents to take the babies halfway along the race pad. 

But the crying just continued, and the baby with the closest birthday — not the fastest feet — advanced to the next round. 

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” Demler said. 

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley

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