Organizations partner for 7th annual Darlington Bed Race

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Bed race organizer and unit director at the Noblesville Boys & Girls Club Abigail Rinehart, middle, helps out at the 2016 Bed Race. (Submitted photo)

The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, the Noblesville Parks Dept. and Noblesville Main Street are partnering again to present the 2017 Darlington Bed Race through the downtown square, beginning at 7 p.m. June 2.

“It is family friendly fun for a good cause,” said Abigail Rinehart, bed race organizer and unit director at the Noblesville Boys & Girls Club. “The race has grown each year, and it’s also provided children with the opportunity to participate in a summer activity, regardless of finances.”

The annual bed race raises money for local kids and involves racing custom-designed beds on wheels on Ninth Street. All proceeds from the race are split evenly for financial-need scholarships for summer camp programming at the Boys & Girls Club and Noblesville Parks and Recreation.

“The bed race has become a Noblesville tradition unlike any other,” Noblesville Parks Assistant Director Mike Hoffmeister said. “While it’s fun, entertaining and competitive, it’s also a valuable event for our local youth. It is necessary and important to provide an avenue for those in the community that can’t always afford the services that we offer.”

Adults and families, businesses or organizations and schools or clubs are invited to “Put School to Bed and Race into Summer” by participating. Teams consist of four to five racers, ages 16 or older. Teams can bring their own custom bed or borrow a bed from the hosts. Fees are $50 (until May 17) and $75 (after May 17) for teams that bring a bed and $100 for teams that borrow a bed. Teams compete head-to head in a double-elimination bracket until a champion is crowned. Viewing of the race is free of charge.

The Bed Race will serve as the Noblesville Main Street’s June First Friday event. Booth spaces are available for $150 and also contribute to youth scholarships.

“We always look forward to this fun evening in downtown Noblesville and the crowd it brings,” Noblesville Main Street Executive Director Chris Owens said. “The Bed Race is another way we can pool resources and valuable services that benefit the City of Noblesville. It also provides another great reason to spend the evening downtown before, during and after the race.”

Prizes are awarded to teams for first and second place and being selected the crowd favorite. For more, call 317-773-4372, or email arinehart@bgcni.org.

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