Great Bed Races


Grab four of your co-workers, build a bed on wheels, decorate it, dress in a ridiculous costume—and then race to the finish.

On race day, thousands of enthusiasts will gather to cheer you on, along with more than 30 teams. All the while, on-air personalities from WAVE TV anchor with live coverage from every angle, from the crowd to the parade of beds, to every last heat.

That pretty much sums up the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races!

Monday, May 2, 2022
1:00 PM: Tailgate Party Starts
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.

This year’s theme celebrates our return: Bed Races are back GAME ON.  (It’s a video games and arcade theme.)

Admission: FREE with 2022 Pegasus Pin®

$10 KEC Parking fee.

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


  • 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.




  • 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.

The Kentucky Derby Festival’s events, programs and promotions will adhere to the local, state, and federal COVID-19 safety guidelines to ensure the safety of participants, attendees, volunteers, partners, and organizers. Preventative health measures including proof of a negative COVID-19 test or full COVID-19 vaccination, masks, etc., may be required.  More specific guidelines will be shared as we get closer to the event.  By attending or participating in Kentucky Derby Festival events, programs or promotions, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.