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Ready, set, crawl: 1st Montreal baby race raises money for local charity

Alexis Nihon mall became the site of Canada's first-ever baby race Saturday, with all proceeds from the day's events going to benefit the Montreal Diet Dispensary.

The day of activities raised around $15K for the Montreal Diet Dispensary

A local charity that works with pregnant women and new moms organized a baby race on Saturday. 0:43

The trend of baby racing, which already exists in part of the United States, has come to Montreal as a goofy, adorable way to spend an afternoon and raise money for a good cause.

Alexis Nihon mall became the site of Canada's first-ever baby race Saturday, with all proceeds from the day's events going to benefit the Montreal Diet Dispensary, a charity providing support to pregnant women and new mothers in need.

The event only has one rule, says director general Jackie Demers: No walking allowed.

Parents were on hand at the event to help encourage the miniature athletes. (CBC)

In total, the activities raised around $15,000 for the dispensary, which will help pay for nutrition, social services, food and vitamin supplements throughout the pregnancy.

Demers told CBC that just like in a real race, children need a good start in life. 

"That is the direct link with the race," she said. "We want to make sure our kids can go through life and succeed."

Parents were on hand to help motivate and corral the babies during the competition, keeping both energy levels and morale high.

The baby competitors did their best to make it to the finish line, but not everyone succeeded. (CBC)

Some of them had to be persuaded with the use of props like beloved stuffed animals, snacks and even a set of keys on a lanyard.

Not all the miniature athletes were game though — some of them fell well-behind their competitors as they stopped to ponder, lie down or veer off the track.

Overall, Demers said she was pleased with the event, saying that the money raised would allow the dispensary to offer a year's worth of services to 15 new families.

With files from Arian Zarrinkoub