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Kimberley Bed Race
Aug 5, 2017| $80
The Kimberley Bed Race is coming back again this summer after being a smash hit last year at its inaugural event. This particular bed race comes on the heels of a long tradition of bed races around the world. Ever since the first beds on wheels, fun-loving and adventurous folks have been challenging each other to bed races.
According to Uncyclopedia, the first bed race was in February of 1868. The story apparently goes like this. A man named Harry Foghorn Dynamite was awakened from his sleep when his bed began to roll and crashed into a wall. Harry, being an entrepreneurial sort of person, had a great idea of what he thought of as a fool-proof way to make some money. Instead of a horse race, he would race beds.
Harry formed a bed-racing league and they kicked off with the first event which was named the Bed-wetter 500. 127 enthusiastic people showed up. Unfortunately, the race was a huge failure and Harry was banned from Boston that day. That’s the story, folks! You can believe it or not.
The Kimberley Bed Race is limited to 8 teams of 5 persons each (4 pushing and 1 in the bed). All proceeds are being donated to Centre 64’s “Give it a Lift” campaign.
We’ll supply the beds but if you’d like to “make your own bed” go for it.
Teams must be registered by June 29, 2017 and you can do so at: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=12826&lan=1&cartlevel=1
- 9:00 – 11:00 am – Pancake Breakfast ($8.00 for 2 pancakes, 2 sausages, orange slice, coffee & water)
- 9:00 – 10:00 am – Check-in, waiver signing and bed trials
- 9;30 am – Kid’s bed pan races
- 9:50 am – The piping of the beds by the Kimberley Pipe Band (for the past 90 years the Kimberley Pipe Band has been a favorite part of most major parades and festivals held in the Kootenay area)
- 10:00 am – First bed race – races consist of two teams. Winning team moves on to the next round
The winning team receives the bedpan trophy plus a gift certificate at a local pub.
Note: Helmets are mandatory for the persons in the beds.