The Bed

  1. Dimensions
    Length — Minimum – 6 ft (180 cm) and Maximum – 7 ft. (210 cm)
    Width — Minimum – 3 ft. (90 cm) and Maximum – 4 ft. (120 cm)
  1. Construction
    The bed must be constructed in a fashion that all four pushers must be able to see the racecourse in front of the bed when they are pushing the bed. The frame of the bed does not need be of an original bed. The bed must have the team name clearly displayed.  A mattress is not required but some form of covering is required so the rider cannot fall through. Foam mattresses, car seats, surfboards etc are examples of acceptable coverings. Personal safety must be a top priority when considering the transportation of the rider.

    Beds must have four wheels, no more or less, and be designed so that all four wheels contact the ground at all times. They may be fixed or swivel. Wheels of any size may be used and all wheels do not need to be the same size. Steering mechanisms may be used.

    NOTE: One of the most fun parts of a bed race is building your own bed and putting it to use, but, if a team is not able to build a bed, they may borrow one for the race. Please inform us prior to the race date if you need to borrow a bed, as the beds are on a first come first serve basis.

  1. Propulsion
    Handles are permitted and may not protrude more than 16 inches (41cm) from each side of the bed. All handles are to be designed for safety with no sharp or jagged edges allowed. The bed is to be propelled by human energy only. No bed may have motorized or mechanical means of motion. All means of motion is limited to race team members. The bed cannot have any means of propulsion or brakes other than provided by the runners.
  1. Identification and Decoration
    Names, advertising, slogans and logos may be part of the bed provided they are in good taste, securely mounted and don’t interfere with safe operation of the bed. The team name must be displayed and securely attached to the bed so that it is visible by judges and race officials. It is the teams’ responsibility to ensure that these stay attached during the Parade and throughout The Amazing Bed Race.Decorations may be removed from the bed for racing, but the TEAM NAME must be clearly identifiable on the bed.
  1. Safety
    The bed must be safe. No sharp or dangerous objects may protrude from the bed.NOTE: YOUR SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. Please wear good running shoes or boots along with suitable attire for the weather conditions. Be aware that accidents may occur such as falling down on pavement, scrapes, bruises, tripping, collisions, etc. Safety gear to avoid such hazards is recommended.All participants must sign the Waiver of Liability at the time of Registration.

Teams

  1. A race team consists of five or six people, 11yrs – 70 yrs old one rider, who must ride on top of the bed, four (no more, no less) runners to propel the bed, substitute runners are permitted for the same team.
  1. Only ONE member of the team – the rider – must be on the bed at all times. Beds may not be pulled, only pushed from the sides and/or back. Runners are responsible for stopping their beds. Runners must wear footwear suitable for running.
  1. Protective headgear MUST be worn by all team members during the race. Standard CSA sporting helmets will suffice. Teams that do not wear helmets will NOT be allowed to compete.
  1. All participants will conduct themselves according to the highest standards of sportsmanship – particularly in regard to other competitors. Race competitors must obey instructions from The Police & Race Officials (e.g. Starters, Timekeepers, and Marshals etc.). There must be no deliberate obstruction of beds during the race.All participants must sign the Waiver of Liability at the time of Registration.NOTE: YOUR SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. Please wear good running shoes or boots along with suitable attire for the weather conditions. Be aware that accidents may occur such as falling down on pavement, scrapes, bruises, tripping, collisions, etc. Safety gear to avoid such hazards is recommended.

Scoring

  1. ALL TEAMS MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE PARADE TO QUALIFY FOR THE RACE.
  1. Each team is guaranteed to race at least 2 times during the competition before the single elimination rounds.
  1. In order to qualify for a race time, MOST team members and all parts of the bed must cross the finish line and all team members except the rider must be in contact with the ground when crossing the finish line. Failure to cross the finish line as a team will result in disqualification. If parts of the bed including the sign become dislodged, a penalty of 2 seconds will be assigned
  1. The Amazing Bed Race will run rain or shine. In the case of extreme inclement weather (e.g. lightning) The Amazing Bed Race will be cancelled.
  1. The Race will begin with the qualifying rounds where teams from each category will race each other in groups of 2 according to the random draw. The goal is to get the lowest cumulative time score possible.
  1. After the qualifying rounds, each team will be seeded according to the cumulative time and entered into the tournament round which is single elimination format. Head to head single elimination competition.
  1. The elimination rounds continue until a winner is declared.
  1. The Judges reserve the right to disqualify any team for conduct not becoming, or breach of rules.
  1. During the heats – if a team runs out of their lane and it is deemed as interference with the other team they will get a 10 second penalty and the other team will have an opportunity to run again for time. If it occurs during the elimination rounds, the team that interfered will be disqualified.