Bed Race rolls to new arena Sept. 20
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
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Bed Race
FAMILY PROMISE of Bradley County is encouraging local supporters and residents to put together a team of five and compete in the 2014 Bed Race Festival scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20.
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Organizers of the 2014 Bed Race Festival to benefit Family Promise of Bradley County recently announced a series of new components to the annual event.

The most noticeable change will be the event’s new location off Raider Drive in the parking lot of the old First Tennessee Bank. The Bed Race itself will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20.

Diana Whittle reported prices in the team categories have decreased in all but one area. A $50 entrance fee has replaced the across-the-board $100 fee for family and sports team/church youth group/school teams. Church and corporate teams will still be charged a $100 fee.

The blanket fee covers the entire five-person team with costs being covered individually, as a team or through a sponsorship.

Whittle said Family Promise has six to seven beds complete with wheels for those who are uncertain they can build their own bed-vehicles. The teams would then decorate the beds.

The three previous Bed Race festivals prove the “Best Theme” competition can be fierce. Whittle said awards will be given out to the Judges’ Choice and to the People’s Choice. The latter category is a new edition to the awards. Those in attendance may vote for their favorite bed via monetary donations. Every dollar equals one vote.

Added Whittle, “So, if a supporter wants to make sure their team will win, they can just add $25 or $30.” 

Door prizes will be given out throughout the festival. Anyone in attendance will be eligible to receive the free prizes. Additional activities will include a clown and face painting. Food vendors and a silent auction table will be set up near the “race track.”

Craft vendors who wish to set up camp on the grass beside the old First Tennessee Bank parking lot will have their choice of various booth sizes.

Sponsorship packages have expanded to include four levels: 

- Exclusive package, $1,500;

- Gold package, $1,000;

- Silver package, $500;

- and Bronze package, $250.

Every sponsorship level comes with a logo on the race T-shirt, one registration bed entry and at least two Bed Race T-shirts. Additional perks awarded as the sponsorship level increases include such items as: name mentioned by the emcee throughout the festival, MyMix 104.1 radio commercials, banner at the finish line, name on posters, one to two votes for best decorated bed and a vendor space.

A citywide T-shirt logo contest will determine the next race day design. Whittle invited individuals of all ages to participate. The deadline is set for Monday, Aug. 25. A $20 gift card will be awarded to the winner. All designs must include “Family Promise 4th Annual Bed Race” and the year, 2014.

More information on the Bed Race and T-shirt logo contest can be found by emailing Diana Whittle at or contacting Family Promise at 650-4106. Details are also available on the FP website at

Family Promise of Bradley County is a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating homelessness among children through providing a hand up (not just a handout) to families in the community.