Race Date: Saturday, June 20th Participants: Businesses, families, churches, clubs, etc. are welcome. All ages may participate but, since the race is very fast paced, it is recommended that any pre-teen aged children be accompanied by a parent who participates in the race on the same team. You need to wear good running shoes. Please no flip-flops, sandals, or bare feet. Race Preliminaries: 1/2 hour prior race start (mandatory for all participants). Race Start: TBA Race Fee: FREE! FREE! FREE! Entry Deadline: Forms will be taken 1/2 hour prior to race time. If you plan to participate please inform us as soon as possible since this will help in the events planning. Last minute entrees are welcome but you are required to learn the race rules from the printed material because the race officials lack sufficient time to teach all race details at the last minute. Information contact: Mike Golik; email@example.com, cell 360-713-3221, work 360-225-8331. Race updates: Current up to date race information may be found at http://washingtontourist.com/plantersdays or at, www.lewisriver.com. It is recommended to call or check online prior the race for any last minute changes. Award: Woodland True Value sponsored plaque
RULES OF THE RACE
Each team must have 5 people to a team (4 runners and 1 rider)
Officials will provide pajamas for the rider(s) to wear over their regular clothing.
The starting line will be at the front of the Woodland Fire Dept. building on Davidson Ave. and will be run in the direction toward the railroad tracks. The race will be one full block down and back. The beds will leave the starting line with 4 pushers and one rider wearing the pajamas. Half way through the block (approx. in front of the Moose Lodge), the beds must come to a complete stop in the designated area, and successfully complete a “Chinese Fire Drill” then must continue to the end of the block. Once the bed is at the end of the block and at a complete stop (approximately in front of Woodland True Value Hardware), the rider must exit the bed and remove the pajamas and then hand them to one of the pushers. That pusher must completely and correctly put on the pajamas while the team is positioning to run back toward the finish line (which was the starting line). The team may turn the bed 180 degrees during the pajama change or just “about face” and push the bed backwards back to the finishing line once the dressed rider is completely and safely back on the bed. When at the half way point in the block, another “Chinese Fire Drill” must be successfully executed before continuing on to the finish line. Note: the “drill” is intended to slow the overall speed of the race for safety (not to mention can be just darn entertaining).
All members of the team must be in contact with the bed at all times, except when the pajama exchange is made and during the “drill”.
This will be an “Eliminations Race”. Two beds will race at once. Winners of a race will race the winners of another race, etc. The last winner of the final race will receive the award.
All teams will need to display their name on the bed so that it may be visible to the audience.
Participants are encouraged to decorate themselves and/or the bed to provoke outlandish, silly, sponsored or socially relevant themes.
The use of distraction devices such as water guns, horns, water balloons, megaphones, whistles etc. are approved and recommended to use. All such devices must be used in a respectful manner and not to harm or degrade contestants and/or the audience.
The judge’s decision is final.
NOTE: Your safety is very important to us. Please wear good running shoes. Accidents may occur such as falling down on pavement, scrapes, bruises, tripping, collisions, etc. Safety gear to avoid such hazards is recommended.
The frame of the bed racer does not need be of an original bed, but it must mimic a real bed in appearance by having a headboard and footboard.
Beds are to have a minimum of four wheels, so situated to make the bed stable and safe. Wheels of any size may be used. You may have swivels, steering, or permanently fixed wheels. Hint: fixed wheels are more than adequate.
The bed can not have any means of propulsion or brakes other than provided by the runners. Human power only. No Motors.
Beds may not be pulled, only pushed from the sides and/or back.
The bed may have push bars, though may not exceed the overall width of the bed.
The mattress and/or box spring must be a manufactured adult sized bed, i.e., twin, double, queen or king. The minimum mattress/box spring dimensions must be no smaller than 35”x71”. This will be strictly enforced. No youth beds, cribs, coffins, bed of roses (lol), or of the like.
Mattress must be outfitted with one blanket and one pillow.
Any violations of the bed construction guide lines will cost a team a 3 second delay at the start, per violation.
NOTE: One of the most fun parts of a bed race is building your own bed and putting it to use, but, if you have 5 willing contestants and are not able to build a bed, a “loaner” bed is available for your use. Please inform us prior to the race date if you need to use the loaner bed. BED RACE COMMITTEE HIGHLY RECOMMENDS YOU BUILD YOUR OWN BED. LOANER BEDS WILL NOT BE THE FASTEST BED DESIGN. (WINK- WINK).
POINTS OF INTEREST FOR 2009
The Chinese fire drill will be replaced with a new skills event(s). The event(s) will be revealed the day of the race. Potential skills event challenges may be as follows but not limited to; sheet change, bobbing for apples, basketball hoop shoot, multiple pajama change, hot-po-pillo, etc.
BED RACE COMMITTEE HIGHLY RECOMMENDS YOU BUILD YOUR OWN BED. One of the most fun parts of a bed race is building your own bed and putting it to use, but, if you have 5 willing contestants and are just not able to build a bed, a "loaner" bed is available for your use but, that loaner bed may not be the fastest or as fun to watch as your very own contraption. Please inform us prior to the race date if you need to use the loaner bed.
The famous and sought after, WOODLAND TRUE VALUE sponsored plaque!