Bed races return to downtown Cornwall this summer

Mar 10, 2017

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On your mark…get set…RUN!!

The Cornwall Lions Club is returning to downtown again this summer with its popular bed race competition. The event, which drew two dozen teams to Pitt Street in 2016, returns this September for more fun – and excitement.

Kibby Lutz, the chair of the event, said the hope is to increase the number of teams taking part in the 2017 iteration of the bed races.

“We want to grow,” he added.

The premise is pretty simple – two teams of racers will face-off against each other, pushing wheeled-beds north on Pitt Street, beginning near First Street. The winners of each leg will advance until a champion is declared.

Lutz said different divisions, including those for seniors and businesses, will be created.

The winning student team will win $500, and the winning business team also gets $500. But if a business chooses to man its team with students, the young people will get the prize money.

“All the money stays in the community,” said Lutz.

Prizes will also be awarded for best costume, sportsmanship, etc.

“There’s all kinds of silly things,” said Lutz. “We really want to make this fun.”

The event takes place Sept. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. It is $200 to enter a team, and teams are encouraged to make their own bed. But, the Lions Club has beds available to rent for $25. Last year’s event raised more than $4,000.

Contact Lutz at to register or for more details.

A dance beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Knights of Columbus Hall will include the announcement of the winners.

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