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Baby Parade

 

Are you ready to Walk & Roll?!

Here you will find detailed information regarding the Baby Parade portion of the Hot Mamas Run event.

OVERVIEW

The Baby Parade is an untimed, non-competitive 1-mile course for women of all ages and children (girls and boys) under 12. Whether your children are 6 weeks old or 86 years old, they will always be your “babies,” and this is your chance to spend some quality time with them at our memorable event. Push a stroller, pull a wagon, wear your baby in a wrap, sling, or carrier…however you show off your kiddos is fine with us, with one exception: please NO bicycles! Our costume contest adds an extra layer of fun, and you may participate in the judging whether you walk or run the 1-mile course.

**NEW FOR 2014!!**

What’s more fun than sharing your passion for health and wellness with your kids? This year, we’re testing out something new by adding a “Fun Run” to the Baby Parade portion of our event. While the 5k will always be exclusively for women ages 12 and up, our Fun Run will give children under 12 (girls and boys) an opportunity to run with their Mama (or Aunt…or Grandma…) on our 1-mile course. Registration works the same as for the rest of the Parade: kids under 12 are free with a registered female adult. Unaccompanied children under the age of 12 may not participate.

TIMELINE

Those wishing to be considered for the Floats & Costumes contest must report to the designated staging area by 9:30 AM. Doing so will allow our judges adequate time to review each entry, make their decisions, and tally scores to determine the winners. The Baby Parade will kick off promptly at 10:00 AM. At the starting whistle, the Fun Runners will lead off the group, with the wagons, floats, and strollers following behind. Awards for the Floats & Costumes contest will begin promptly at 10:30 AM, but if winners haven’t made it to the finish line by then, their prize will be held at the registration tent. Contest winners or a friend/family member must claim their prizes on Race Day. Prizes will NOT be mailed.

PARTICIPANTS

Women of all ages may walk or run in the Baby Parade, whether they are accompanied by children or not. (Side note: walking is also perfectly acceptable in the 5k, if you feel like doing more than 1 mile!) All boys and girls under 12 years of age may join in the Baby Parade/Fun Run for free as long as they are accompanied by a registered adult female. Get registered here. Note: girls 12 years and older must register separately from their parent or guardian.

INVOLVEMENT

You are welcome to register and simply walk/run, but the real fun will be joining in the Floats & Costumes contest! By jazzing up your wagon, stroller, or carrier, or donning a creative costume, you will have the chance to win prizes! Entries will be judged by our officials, and prizes will be awarded to the winners at 10:30 AM.

FLOAT & COSTUME IDEAS

You may dress however you like (please keep it family-friendly), but here are some rough ideas to get your mind spinning. If you want to create a float, go all out and turn your little red wagon or stroller into a pirate ship, fairy tale castle, or winter wonderland. If you’d rather dress up, you can strut your stuff as a princess, superhero, animal or cartoon character! Themed costumes are a fun way for women with several children to get creative and work together as a family. And of course, there are always plenty of ideas on Pinterest!

**ATTENTION** Registered Paraders (those participating in the contest) and Parade Judges: Please download our complete Parade Policies including rules and suggestions for Parade Day.

We look forward to seeing you and your little ones at the 2014 Hot Mamas Run & Baby Parade!

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