Charleston Bed Race

When: Sun., June 27, 3 p.m. 2010

Camp Happy Days Development Director Alix Tew and her group were Googling for fun, interesting fundraising events when they stumbled upon pictures and videos of bed races in other cities. Now Charleston will have its first-ever bed race at Hampton Park on Saturday, hosted by the organization (which sends kids fighting cancer to camp throughout the year). The afternoon starts with a parade of the participating beds (at press time, there were between 15 and 20 already signed up). Beds must include a mattress and four non-motorized wheels, and each team must have one rider and four pushers; themes are highly encouraged. Heats will pair two beds at a time, which will run a length of about two city blocks, and they’ll face a challenge somewhere in the middle of the course. Beside the heat winner, other prizes will be awarded, including for the slowest bed, the most outrageously decorated bed, and the “What were you thinking?” bed. You can register your bed up until the minute the race starts. “It’s all about getting our kids with cancer to camp,” Tew says. “They can’t go to traditional camp, and they can come to ours because we have a medical staff. We have everything they need.” —Susan Cohen

Price: $125/team

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