More than 600 babies wriggled to the finish line on their hands and knees in the world’s largest crawling competition Monday.
Publisher Benesse organized the one-day event at a shopping mall in Yokohama, inviting infants aged from 6 to 16 months to participate in the 3-meter race.
Some vigorous babies crawled determinedly toward the finish line and their waiting parents, while others refused to participate, sitting stationary at the starting line and crying loudly.
“About a month ago she could not crawl well over a long distance, but I am so glad to see her grow,” said Hitomi Nanba, mother of Saho, who took part in the race.
The competition, involving 601 babies, was deemed a new Guinness World Record, breaking the previous mark of 451 infants at a similar race in China last year.
The winner was awarded a headset digital camera, which allows parents to take hands-free pictures and videos of their children.