Organizations Partner for Annual Bed Race
The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, Noblesville Parks Department and Noblesville Main Street are partnering to present the 2018 Darlington Bed Race through the downtown square beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1.
“It’s family-friendly fun for a good cause,” said Abigail Rinehart, bed race organizer and unit director at the Noblesville Boys & Girls Club. “The race has grown each year and it’s also provided children with the opportunity to participate in a summer activity regardless of finances.”
The annual bed race involves racing custom designed beds on wheels on Ninth Street. It provides an enjoyable experience for onlookers and participants alike while raising money for area youth. All of the proceeds from the race are split evenly for financial need scholarships for summer camp programming at the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville and Noblesville Parks and Recreation
“The bed race has become a Noblesville tradition unlike any other,” said Noblesville Parks Assistant Director Mike Hoffmeister. “While it’s fun, entertaining and competitive, it’s also a valuable event for our local youth. It is necessary and important to provide an avenue for those in the community that can’t always afford the services that we offer.”
Adults and families, businesses or organizations, and schools or clubs are invited to “Put School to Bed and Race into Summer” by participating in this unique foot race. Teams consist of four to five racers ages 16 or older. Teams may bring their own custom bed or can borrow a bed from the hosts. Fees are $50 (until May 13) and $75 (after May 13) for teams who bring a bed and $100 for teams who borrow a bed. Teams compete head-to head in a double elimination bracket until a champion is crowned. Viewing of the race is free of charge.
“Some use the event as teamwork building and some are groups of friends or coworkers. Everybody has different reasons for being out there besides supporting the cause,” said Rinehart. “Most teams also create themed beds complete with costumed racers that make the races even more enjoyable for fans.”
The Bed Race will serve as the Noblesville Main Street June First Friday event. Booth spaces are available for $150 and also contribute to youth scholarships.
“We always look forward to this fun evening in downtown Noblesville and the crowd it brings,” said NMS Executive Director Chris Owens. “The Bed Race is another way we can pool resources and valuable services that benefit the City of Noblesville. It also provides another great reason to spend the evening downtown before, during and after the race.”
Prizes for teams include cash, concert tickets and a limo ride, skyzone passes, and much more. For more information, call 773-4372 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.