Ball State University Annual Homecoming Bed Race
What do you get when you put four people pushing a bed with wheels down the street, one person riding it all while riding on a 100-yard course competing with the clock and against one another? The Bell State University Annual Bed Race, which has been dubbed the zaniest tradition started in the 1980′s and continues to the be the longest running Homecoming event.
The competition takes place annually on the Friday before the University’s Homecoming events in the month of October during the afternoon on Riverside St. During their 2011 Homecoming, around 40 teams registered. The public is encouraged to come to cheer on your favorite team and see all the crazy costumes. Along with the prizes for the best dressed team and overall winner for the competitors, the audience has an opportunity to win prizes valued at up to $200 by answering trivia questions during the competition. It is estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people come out to watch the race.
So, what are the rules?
The bed race is split up between six divisions including Fraternity, Sorority, Independent Female, Independent Male, Residence Halls Male and Residence Halls Female. Within each division, two teams race against one another and whichever team ends with the fastest time will advance to the final competition, race again to claim the overall title. A five-second penalty will be given to a team’s time for every time the bed goes out of the chalk-designated boundaries during the race.
Each division will give a plaque to the first place team and trophies will be provided for the best dressed team and overall winner.
For more information, contact Carmen Stockberger, Special Events Chairman, at the Homecoming Office, (765) 285-7051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To fill out the entry form, click here.
All photos courtesy of M. Hickey, BSU Photo Services