Pacific Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Sep 10 1983, Page 31

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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - September 10, 1983, Tokyo, JapanSaturday september 10, 1983 Okinawa Pacific stars and stripes Uso Kadena Host baby race by Danny Layne ass Osinowo Bureau chief Kadena a Jeremiah Frank the 10-month-old son of an air Force sergeant displayed his swiftness i three separate races Here recently and walked rather crawled away with top honors in the second annual Uso baby races. Young Frank s interest in a Newton Telephone which his parents had bought and brought to the event to lure him Down the 15-foot raceway enabled him to easily outdistanced two other competitors in the final and title deciding crawl off. His crowd pleasing performance netted him first place trophy and a $50 savings Bond Courtesy of the Uso. A standing room Only crowd which the Kadena Uso s assistant director estimated to be larger than last year s turnout jammed into the Uso s makeshift raceway and watched and cheered As 82 Youthful contestants crawled through 13 preliminary and three semifinal races. There were actually 83 entrants this year More than double last year s number but one youngster slept through the entire event and was scratched fro the race at the last minute As a no in the final heat of the afternoon with Frank already across the finish line the race was actually close Between the second and third place contestants Kenneth Smith and Amanda Weaver. It was t swiftness of feet that was the deciding Factor i that final race according to one contestant s Mother. It was an unexpected interruption in Lane did pretty Well in her first two races her Mother Regina said but i guess she just decided she needed a Nap and just Laid Downin the Middle of the floor during that last antics like that weren t uncommon during the Day. Strict race rules indicated babies were disqualified i they walked or crossed the finish line outside their own Lane but some contestants never made it beyond the starting Point. They were As Liz Lych put it Content to laugh cheer and clap along with the boisterous and enthusiastic crowd. The big crowd had an Impact on some of the children the us assistant director said. Some of them were just overwhelmed by the crowd s noise and took More interest in them than on their parents at the finish Frank this year s grand Champion probably won t be eligible to compete in the 1984 contest since parents Perry and Sheila expect him to be walking by then. So the title will Passon to the swiftest baby on Okinawa when the races Are held once again. Ass photos by Danny Layne the look of anticipation. Cannot compare to the excited look of playing the game and despite the Loving coaxes from fathers and mothers. Some kids just did t want to play. Pacific stars and stripes depends largely on Public affairs offices for contributions to this Page. If you have a Story that would be of particular interest to this newspaper please let your Pao know about it

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