Thorntons Great Bed Races


2018 Theme: “Race for the Cause”

Everyone has a cause near and dear to their heart. Whether it is cancer, homelessness, or hunger, we want you to promote your cause! To help encourage all of our racers, Kentucky Derby Festival and Thorntons will make a cash donation to the cause or charity represented by our first place winners. You are literally Racing for your Cause!


Monday, April 30, 2018
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 2018 Pegasus Pin®

Entry Fee: $150/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

2018 Race Results


Best Decorated

UAW/Ford Motor LAP


Most Entertaining

Rubbies Southside Grill & Bar


Cone Eater

Horseshoe Southern IN


Taste of the Tailgate

Team Zeon


Champions Division

1st Place – Texas Roadhouse

2nd Place – Rubbies Southside Grill & Bar

3rd Place – UAW/Ford Motor LAP


Fun Division

1st Place – Premier Packaging

2nd Place – Black Diamond Pest Control

3rd Place – Virginia Chance School Chargers