Chester River Health Foundation will launch the first-ever Bed Post Derby, a bed race on High Street in downtown Chestertown, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. The event, the first of its kind in the region, will raise funds to support the purchase of new bedroom furniture and other capital needs for UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown.
Bed race teams will consist of five people: a rider, who must remain on the bed during the race, and four runners. Teams must make their own themed bed and are encouraged to wear similar-themed attire. Following true soapbox derby rules, no mechanical power or braking systems are allowed.
The race’s participation fee is $125 per team; registration in advance is preferred.
In addition to the race, a family pajama party will begin at noon in Fountain Park, featuring food and beverages for sale, entertainment, children’s activities and more. A $5 donation per person is requested for the pajama party.
A number of prizes will be awarded participants:
- An inscribed, perpetual “Golden Bed Pan Award” will be presented to the team raising the most money (much like the Borg-Warner Trophy for winning the Indianapolis 500).
- The “Short Sheet Award” will be presented to the team with the best race time; winners will be draped and crowned with robes and night caps by the judges.
- The “Murphy Bed Award” will be presented to the team showing the most promise for next year.
Other prizes will include crowd’s choice of best costumes, most creative team theme, individual fundraiser, and more.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information about the event or to request an advanced registration form, contact Deb Lauser, development coordinator, UM Chester River Health Foundation, at 410-810-5661 or email to email@example.com.
Chester River Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, works to raise funds to benefit UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown and UM Shore Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at Chestertown. UM Chester River Health Foundation is an affiliate of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.