CALEXICO â€“ The Tiny Tots Olympics brought a coterie of toddler athletes to Crummett Park Saturday morning during Calexicoâ€™s Farmers Market sponsored by the Parks and Recreations Department.
Jumping, hopping and running, the toddlers made their way through nine different obstacle courses that ended with a gold medal and a goody bag.
â€œMost of our events are targeted toward children 5 years and up, so we normally put one Tiny Tots Olympics for the younger ones three to six years of age at least once a year,â€ explained Jamie Chew, Sport Calexico Coordinator for the Community Service Department.
Saturdayâ€™s event drew over 80 children, and was free to all the miniature athletes — who also received a t-shirt for participating.
â€œOur goal is to promote health and fitness through our activities,” said Chew. “This also allows for family time where parents and older siblings can watch and cheer for these little ones. Normally the younger kids are the ones who sit and watch the older siblings do sports, but this time itâ€™s the other way around.â€
According to Maria Alvarez, event coordinator, the city has held these “olympics” for over 10 years and the number of children participating has doubled.
â€œMy granddaughter Zoey was excited to come out here and participate in the Olympics for the first time,â€ said Juany Aleman, a Calexico resident. â€œThe city should consider holding these kinds of events more often.â€
The competition began with the National Anthem and the traditional torch lighting.
â€œThis is by far the cutest event I have seen,â€ said Carla Silva, another Calexico resident and parent. â€œMy children are enjoying themselves and I prefer outdoor activities instead of them sitting at home watching television or playing video games.â€
Adults also had their share of fun as they made their way to the city’s Farmerâ€™s Market, listening to music while shopping. There they found unique blends of jewelry, candles, books, handmade natural soaps, plants, products, clothing, crochet accessories, and a variety of food.
Local produce such as cilantro, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, parsley, broccoli, red kale and various fruit was available for purchase. Two local farms, Vessey and Company and Heger Farms donated the produce.[envira-gallery id=”74880″]