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Event’s battle cry: Just win, baby

by Andy Bourelle

The Isuzu Celebrity Golf Championship may have drawn thousands of fans to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course last weekend, but about 75 people attended a different kind of sporting event Saturday.

Fans didn’t see John Elway, but they cheered just the same. The “athletes,” after all, were their own children.

Douglas County Parks and Recreation’s inaugural Baby Olympics was a success, according to staff member Vicki Schussel.

“Everyone seemed to enjoy it,” she said. “It worked well.”

Babies 1 to 24 months old participated Saturday morning in events such as rattle race, speedy diaper change, most dimples and chubbiest cheeks.

Bubbles, plaster handprinting and raffled prizes also were available.

Bill and Toni Yale, and their 10 1/2-month-old son Jonathan, enjoyed the Baby Olympics.

“I think it was a lot of fun,” said Bill Yale. “I know it’s the first year for this, but I think it has a lot of potential for the future. I think the kids had fun, and that’s what’s important.”

“I think it was great,” said Vicki Yale. “I would do it again.”

Other families agreed.

“We just came out here for something to do,” said Karsten Gronwold, whose 8 1/2-month-old son placed first in the diaper derby. “It’s always fun to get out and see other babies and their parents. It’d be great if they had it every week.”

Every week might be pushing it, but Douglas County Parks and Recreation plans to do it again.

“When we were planning our summer brochure, we noticed we had no activities for babies. So, we just kind of dreamed this up,” said Schussel. “We plan to continue to make it bigger. This was our test run, and it worked out well.”

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