Thorntons Great Bed Races

Monday, May 1, 2017
4:00 PM: Official Tailgate Party
6:00 PM: Parade of the Beds
7:00 PM: Races Begin

 

Grab four of your co-workers, build a bed on wheels, decorate it, dress in a ridiculous costume—and then race. That pretty much sums up the Kentucky Derby Festival Bed Races. Each year, thousands of enthusiasts gather to cheer on more than 40 teams, while on-air personalities from WAVE TV anchor the live coverage from every angle, from the crowd to the pits.

Admission: FREE with 2017 Pegasus Pin®

Entry Fee: $130/team (includes 5 participant t-shirts and 5 collectible event pins)

 

Hosted by 107.7 The Eagle personalities, the awards ceremony recognizes the following winners:

  • Fastest Course Times (two divisions; champions & fun)
  • Best Decorated
  • Most Entertaining
  • Cone Eater Award

 

  • Minimum bed size: 64” wide by 75” long (no part of the bed including push bars may exceed 90” width by 100” length)
  • Minimum height: 10” from the ground to the support frame. (Steering may go lower the 10”)
  • Wheels: Four load bearing, no more and no less, and designed so that all wheels contact the ground. Distance between wheels may not exceed 80” from outside to outside, front to rear.
  • Steering: Provisions must be made to steer the bed. May include a mechanism to steer the front two wheels, or a combination of rotating caster wheels on the front and fixed on the rear etc…
  • Mattress: Must be innerspring, minimum size 54” wide by 75” long by 7” thick (standard double size mattress)
  • Push Bars: No jagged or sharp edges allowed, may not exceed maximum dimension of the bed (Pushers must be able to see the course in front of the bed when they are pushing.)
  • Maximum height of the bed may not exceed 96” from the ground.
  • Decorations for the best decorated division and parade may be removed for competition – this process cannot interfere with team start time.

  GENERAL RULES:

  • All participants are required to wear helmets during the race.
  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age
  • All participants must sign a waiver on the day of the event, prior to race time.
  • Each team may race only once and must remain in its designated lane on the racecourse at all times. If contact is made – judges will determine fault.
  • No alcoholic beverages will be allowed at the bed race site.
  • All decisions by race officials are final.
  • All beds/teams must be decorated for the parade. Decorations may be removed or left on for racing, unless racing officials determine the decorations are an obstacle to racing in which case they must be removed.
  • All bed/team costs are borne by the entrants. This includes the entry fee, which is non-refundable.
  • All participants must wear a Pegasus Pin or Bed Race event pin for entry into the dorm area.
  • Mouth guard is suggested for bed rider.

Champions

Place Name Lane Bib No Time Back Total Time Pace
1 Bluegrass Indoor Karting 1 0:33.15 13.1mph
2 Rubbies Southside Grill & Bar 29 0:00.90 0:34.05 12.7mph
3 Ford 13 0:01.31 0:34.46 12.7mph
4 Texas Roadhouse 6 0:01.86 0:35.01 12.3mph
5 Bigelow Tea 12 0:05.99 0:39.14 11.1mph
6 Clark Material Handling 28 0:06.42 0:39.57 11.1mph
7 Thorntons 24 0:09.49 0:42.64 10.3mph
8 Heartland Payment Systems 1 17 0:09.65 0:42.80 10.3mph
9 AAA East Central (Champs) 22 0:10.30 0:43.45 10.0mph
10 Marriott Maniacs 8 0:44.54 1:17.69 5.61mph

Fun

Place Name Lane Bib No Time Back Total Time Pace
1 Premier Packaging 9 0:38.70 11.4mph
2 Brandeis Machinery 10 0:00.17 0:38.87 11.4mph
3 Black Diamonds 2 0:01.34 0:40.04 10.8mph
4 Heartland Payment Systems 2 5 0:03.76 0:42.46 10.3mph
5 Purofirst Disaster Service 23 0:03.93 0:42.63 10.3mph
6 The New Albany Home Depot 26 0:05.00 0:43.70 10.0mph
7 Packaging Unlimited 25 0:05.02 0:43.72 10.0mph
8 Metro Parks and Recreation 3 0:05.20 0:43.90 10.0mph
9 Drexel Metalheadz 30 0:05.71 0:44.41 9.82mph
10 Wicked Sheets+Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana 27 0:05.77 0:44.47 9.82mph
11 Horseshoe Southern Indiana 7 0:06.87 0:45.57 9.60mph
12 The Kidz Club 11 0:08.24 0:46.94 9.39mph
13 Women First of Louisville 14 0:08.41 0:47.11 9.19mph
14 Frisch’s Big Boy 16 0:10.05 0:48.75 9.00mph
15 Signature South Minions 19 0:12.45 0:51.15 8.47mph
16 BackyardBookie.com 31 0:12.71 0:51.41 8.47mph
17 Team APT 4 0:15.03 0:53.73 8.15mph
18 Magnolia Photo Booth 21 0:21.71 1:00.41 7.20mph
19 Expert Sleep Medicine/Expertsleep.com 15 0:28.77 1:07.47 6.45mph
20 Wellstone Regional Hospital 20 0:31.21 1:09.91 6.26mph

Champions – Head to Head

Place Name Lane Bib No Time Back Total Time Pace
1 Bluegrass Indoor Karting 101 0:32.66 13.5mph
2 Rubbies Southside Grill & Bar 102 0:02.05 0:34.71 12.7mph

Fun – Head to Head

Place Name Lane Bib No Time Back Total Time Pace
1 Premier Packaging 103 0:38.37 11.4mph
2 Brandeis Machinery 104 0:00.16 0:38.53 11.4mph