Elk Valley parents used toys, cell phones and even food to coax their children across the finish line.

Tots contest Baby Griz Crawl

Breastmilk, pancakes a winning formula

Elk Valley parents used toys, cell phones and even food to coax their children across the finish line at Fernie’s annual Baby Griz Crawl.

Dressed in plaid and trapper hats, more than 20 babies faced off in three heats at the Community Centre on Saturday.

Freya Laface placed third in her heat, despite only learning to crawl two weeks ago.

She was rewarded with apple sauce for her efforts.

“My nephew did it a couple of years ago, so I thought it would be fun,” said mom Sam.

Mason Zukiwsky had the loudest cheering squad, with his relatives traveling from the Yukon for the event and wearing specially made T-shirts.

His pre-race breakfast of breast milk and pancakes proved the winning formula when he crossed the finish line first.

However, nerves got the better of Mason during the final and it wasn’t until his aunt placed a cell phone in front of him that he was spurred into action.

“He has a bit of a cold so we were a little bit worried about his performance today but in the end I think he did well making it to the final,” said mom Karen Gorecki.

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